This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
No matter how virtuous your reason for staying up past bedtime — pulling a late shift at work, binge-watching This Is Us into the early hours of the morning, going out for a drink or five with a heartbroken friend on the grounds of “emotional support” — a lack of sleep is still detrimental to your skin. There’s just no way around it: Whether it’s dark circles, puffy under-eyes, or a dull, tired complexion, nothing good can ever come from not getting enough shut-eye.
Fortunately for the sleep-deprived among us, there are plenty of products out there that promise to breathe new life into exhausted skin — and we’re not just talking brightening eye creams and heavy-duty under-eye concealers. “The skin heals and repairs while we sleep, so products such as a night cream are full of renewing and regenerating ingredients to aid this function,” says dermatologist Howard Murad, MD, FAAD. “Environmental aggressors sap the skin of hydration, so overnight products are always richer and more nourishing to replenish the skin.”
Think of it this way: Your nightly skin-care routine gives your skin a much-needed chance to regenerate and renew so that it can better protect itself for the day ahead… just like you need that glass of wine after work to “recover.” Ahead, our favorite overnight treatments for all your skin-care needs, so you can get a major beauty boost in while you sleep.
This deeply hydrating blend of antioxidant-rich oils and extracts comes complete with a potent dose of retinoid to help shed dead skin cells, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and leave skin noticeably smoother and brighter than it was when your head first hit the pillow.
Votary Intense Night Oil – Rosehip and Retinoid, $150, available at Net-a-Porter.
This moisturizer works to combat the visible signs of aging that are accelerated by daily exposure to pollutants and the blue light emitted from digital devices — as in, undo the damage caused by staring at your computer screen all day long. Dr. Murad says that the formula is specifically engineered to take advantage of the body’s natural restorative cycle, thanks to antioxidants from plant stem cells that neutralize pollution damage and strengthen the skin’s barrier, plus vitamin C to help brighten and even skin tone.
Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer, $70, available at Sephora.
This paraben-free rejuvenating formula works to aid your skin’s natural nighttime recovery process. Infused with lavender and primrose essential oils, omega-6 fatty acids, and squalane, it improves radiance and delivers a softer, smoother complexion. All you have to do is apply it to cleansed skin before bed.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46, available at Kiehl’s.
Central heating, UV rays, and cold weather are some of the (many) factors that deplete the skin of moisture and leave it feeling dehydrated this time of year. This overnight mask by Origins, infused with avocado oil, orange peel wax, and mango butter, prevents future moisture loss by building up a strong barrier overnight.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, $27, available at Origins.
A concentrated blend of essential oils, jasmine, frangipani, rose, and tuberose come together in a serum-oil that promises to recreate Sarah Chapman’s famed facial overnight. The potent cocktail of anti-inflammatory omega oils and antioxidants rejuvenates the skin to deliver a plumper, smoother, firmer texture.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial, $89, available at Net-a-Porter.
Rich in omega 6 and vitamin E, this facial oil provides a burst of nutrition to repair cells damaged by environmental aggressors, while increasing collagen production. The 100% natural formula helps to speed up cell renewal so you’ll wake up with a glowing, fatigue-free complexion.
Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Oil, $50, available at Caudalie.
A mix of fruit enzymes and glycolic acid works to reduce the appearance of sun-induced aging, scarring, and fine lines. The balance of potent exfoliating ingredients together with shea butter and mango seed butter means you’ll wake up to softer skin with a healthy-looking glow.
Alpha-H Beauty Sleep Power Peel, $129, available at Alpha-H.
This serum refines dull, uneven skin texture using a blend of alguronic acid, algaprotein, and nutrient-rich coconut water. The creamy texture breaks into a serum on application to provide smooth, supple, and radiant skin.
Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum, $95, available at Sephora.
If sun spots and fine lines are your concern, apply a few drops of Pixi’s exfoliating gel each evening before bed. Formulated with 10% glycolic acid, cucumber, and aloe vera extract, it nourishes the skin and delivers a more even skin tone.
Pixi Overnight Glow Serum, $24, available at Pixi Beauty.
Creating a radiant glow by morning isn’t the only thing this moisturizer can do: It also helps to regenerate acne-scarred skin by buffing away dead skin cells and keeping the new ones soft, hydrated, and problem-free.
Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer, $41, available at Sephora.
Featuring a mix of 5% glycolic acid to exfoliate, salicylic acid to unclog pores, lactic acid to remove dead skin, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, these cleansing pads will result in brighter and plumper skin following a good (or at least decent) night’s sleep.
Nip + Fab Extreme Glycolic Fix Night Pads, $14.99, available at Ulta.
Wake up to a smoother, revitalized complexion with this overnight treatment, which is gently infused with a blend of active ingredients and omega oils. It actually works to raise the skin’s pH to attract water and promote hydration, improve uneven cell pigmentation, and exfoliate in one fell swoop.
REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial, $48, available at REN.
This multitasking product works to improve elasticity, redefine facial contours, and support the skin’s natural regenerative process, restoring radiance while you catch some shut-eye.
Perricone MD Multi-Action Overnight Treatment, $115, available at Perricone MD.
This overnight gel helps to clear congested skin, prevent future breakouts, and soothe painful bouts of adult acne. The rosemary and spirea extracts stimulate the skin’s natural antimicrobial agents for a clearer, healthier complexion over time.
Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel, $50, available at Ulta.
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