Sleep Your Way To Better Skin — Here's How

I recently read a story about high-profile women’s morning beauty routines, and I was surprised to learn that one vlogger spends a whopping 40 minutes getting ready. Hairstyling took up the majority of her time, but whoa.
I don't know about you, but I like to get my primping done as fast as possible in the a.m. so that I can skedaddle to wherever I’m going (I’m often running late). But, nighttime is a different story. That’s when I pile on my good moisturizing creams, serums, hair oils, and heck, sometimes I even slap on a face mask. It’s the perfect time to pamper myself a little because I’m not watching the clock. And, the products get several hours to sink in and do their thing while my body is recharging.
I also think my after-dark beauty habits lead to a big payoff when I wake up: My skin looks radiant and my hair feels much softer. So, overnight products have become one of my favorite categories to “research.” My latest unofficial studies have found that the six products ahead work wonders while you snooze. Why not give them a whirl? Photo: Courtesy of Wildfox.
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I’ve used (and loved) Aveeno daily moisturizers for years, so there’s no way I would pass up an opportunity to get a more intense dose of the same good-skin ingredients in a richer formula for night. I heart this stuff. Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream, $16.99, available at CVS.
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As I’ve learned from my hairstylist, leave-in hair treatments are the only conditioners I should be putting on my strands before bed (regular conditioner = bad). This one makes your hair feel like silk and boosts shine like crazy. Try it when you feel like your hair has lost some of its luster. Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue, $38, available at Alterna.
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This is the kind of thing that’s perfect to add into your nighttime routine if you’ve noticed that your pores are more visible than usual, you have a breakout, or if excess oil is a constant annoyance. It helps lighten bright spots, too. B. Kamins Night Time Oil Control Lotion, $49, available at Murale.
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Whenever I get a good facial, I always wish I could stay and take a two-hour nap right there on the table — how great would that be? Alas, this product isn’t as relaxing as a spa treatment (it doesn’t come with steam), but it does deliver a glow and incredible softness thanks to proteins, olive oil, and vitamin E. I’ll take it. Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial, $32, available at Korres.
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I want to go on record and say that we really need to pay more attention to our hands. They’re just as exposed as our faces, yet do we bother slathering them with nice serums? No! But we should, especially at night when we don’t have to worry about washing the product down the drain. That’s why I’m sold on this kit. Julep Night Night Treatment Kit, $36, available at Sephora.
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I had the pleasure of meeting Munemi Imai, the makeup artist who created this organic oil, and after I tried it, I totally understood why she could spend an hour talking to me about it. It is fantastic. Every time I get my hands on a bottle, I use it until every last drop is gone. It smells like rose, in a good way — and it really makes my skin look smooth, radiant, and supple enough that I can fool people into thinking I’m 29 years old. So yeah, let’s go with that.

Like this post? There's more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and news on Beauty Nation now! MUN No. 1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum, $95, available at Mun Skin.