Night-time skin treats

night time skincare treats
night time skincare treats - Elizabeth Arden skin illuminating brightening capsules review
night time skincare treats - Malin + Goetz Recovery Oil
night time skincare treats - Pestle & Mortar Superstar retinol oil review
If there’s one thing I am boringly anal about, it’s taking my makeup off before bed. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I haven’t done it in the past few years, and yes, it’s usually down to one too many G&Ts!

I always find that a regular skincare routine helps me get relax at night and signals to my body that it’s time to start chilling out for bed (well, until I start Insta-scrolling when I lay down, #fail). Bed-time usually means I can take a bit longer with my regime than in the mornings as I’m not in such a rush and it also gives me chance to layer up those products for extra skin treats while I sleep.

I’ve pulled out a few of my current favourite launches to share with you that are all designed to be added in to your night-time routine. I’d love to hear what your favourites are in the comments below.

Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Night Capsules - First things first, these are SO satisfying to open. The little capsules hold the perfect dose of illuminating serum, but need to be twisted and squeezed in order to get it out. I don’t know if it’s just me that loved to do this with those horrible bath beads from the 90s that had odd latexy shells that dissolved in the bath to reveal some sort of oil (sorry if you had them in your bathroom and I visited – I almost definitely popped a few while you weren’t looking) .

Anyhow, Elizabeth Arden’s version contains a mix of Vitamin C and niacinamide, which work to brighten the skin while you sleep. Each capsule holds one dose – apply to the skin after you cleanse and let it get to work while you sleep. I find I don’t need any additional moisturiser when I use these as there’s quite a lot of product inside the capsule and it moisturises my skin beautifully, but if you have very dry skin, a few drops of an oil over the top will work a treat.

As well as an instant illuminating effect, I wake up with much brighter looking skin – no sign of any sneaky late nights here! They are a touch on the pricey side at £60 for 50 capsules, but I think you could easily split the dose in two if you wanted to extend the amount of uses you get.

Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil – there are nine different oils inside this little blue bottle, ranging from grapeseed and rosehip, through to argan and borage. It pretty much does everything you’d ever want an oil to do – hydrate (obvs), reduce inflammation in the skin, soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to balance the oil production in your skin, which is great for anyone who has ever worried an oil might be too ‘oily’.

I normally apply about 6 drops of this to my palms, then press gently into my skin post-cleansing. By pressing, rather than rubbing, you’ll normally find you can get away with slighlty less product as your hands tend to absorb less of it. I’m also normally a bit too enthusiastic with my running so leave my skin looking redder than it was before I started!

A 30ml bottle will set up back £62, which initially seems a bit pricey, but the ingredients are excellent quality and even with daily use, should last between 4-6 months.

Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil – this was pitched to me as a more affordable version of Sunday Riley’s Luna oil and I have to say, I agree! There’s no blue colour a la SR, however the 2 types of retinol, combined with the mix of natural oils (including grape seed, jojoba and avocado) will leave you with amazing looking skin in the morning.

I’ve often avoided retinols as I found them quite harsh on my slightly sensitive skin, but I’ve found this one to be really gentle and suitable to use most nights. As with all retinols, it can make you more sensitive to the sun, so do layer up the SPF to ensure you don’t burn and undo all the good the retinols are doing to your skin by adding more sun damage!

The effects are honestly quite amazing and somewhat addictive (my skin looks so much brighter, smoother and more even in just two weeks) but try not to overdo it on application. Half a pump is recommended (I do use closer to a whole one, oops) and you can always layer another oil over the top if you feel you need extra moisture.

It’s £63, so not cheap by any means, but more affordable than the Sunday Riley version and just as good (if not slightly better!).

What are your favourite night-time skin treats?

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