Some of us ladies have a hectic lifestyle and rarely have the time, or money to treat ourselves to a facial or pedicure. But, it’s okay to be a 21st century woman and experts say you can multitask - as you rest, you can also indulge yourself. And I for one love to take advantage of my natural overnight repair systemand let’s be honest, not even the best concealer can truly fake a good nights sleep. All it takes is a few minutes before you go to bed and as your skin repairs, the products will do the hard work for you. Who doesn’t want to wake up looking flawless? Well, whether you need to hydrate your skin, or banish blemishes I may just have the answer...
A firm favourite in my skincare stash. It has powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties. It has been proven to treat acne just as effectively as benzoyl peroxide. It’s kind to the skin, unblocks glands, dries out whiteheads, blackheads and those nasty blemishes. After I have cleansed my skin, I like to apply a couple of drops onto a cotton bud and apply directly to any blemishes, or problem areas and by morning the swelling will have reduced, or the blemish will have disappeared!
Sudocrem a favourite amongst mothers, who like to slather it onto their babies bottom to treat nappy rash and is also a favourite amongst those with acne! It’s a purse friendly treatment, that has been tried and tested and even Cheryl Cole Fernandez Versini has said herself it really helps to draw out blemishes. It acts as an antiseptic and is a great anti-inflammatory helping to calm the skin and reduce redness. It also helps to soothe dry skin and prevent breakouts. I like to apply a thin layer all over the face, or apply locally to blemishes. Look out in Savers and Poundland for this bargain!
All hail the holy grail Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. This multitasking, award-winning, fragrance free, balm has been used by makeup artists and beauty editors for years. It restores, calms and relieves chapped and dry skin and soothes minor skin irritations. No matter how dry my lips are, I like to slather the balm all over my lips and by morning they are super soft and restored back to normality. It can also be used to treat the feet. Massage the product into your feet and slip on a pair of cotton socks to really help the product penetrate into your skin. And once again by morning your feet will feel soft, soft, soft. I can’t recommend this product enough!
Talking of holy grail (really starting to sound like Jay-Z here) Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate is another product I constantly turn to. The blend of natural ingredients and its paraban free formula soothes and rehydrates my skin. It also works really well in terms of healing the skin, by reducing any scaring and has a lovely relaxing lavender scent. Not to mention the glow it gives my skin by morning and how it helps make you appear more awake than you really are. It’s my must have nighttime treatment. You can read my full review here.
When it comes to overnight hydrating treatments, the options are endless and it’s all about masks right now. We often get dehydrated whilst sleeping, especially during autumn and winter but this super lightweight mask from GLAMGLOW hydrates the skin overnight, revealing softer, nourished, glowing skin by morning. You can read my full review here. But if this product isn’t in your price range, opt for Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask.
This light lotion has been a bedside staple of mine for just over a year and helps to even out skin tone and minimise imperfections. Once or twice a week before I hit the sheets, I like to apply a little onto a cotton pad and swipe the product all over my face (avoiding my hair line and eyebrows). It’s moisturising, doesn’t smell offensive, doesn’t break me out, leaves my skin looking healthy, all whilst giving me a faux sun kissed glow by morning. You can read my full review here.
On the overnight beauty wish list: Sarah Chapman, Skinesis Overnight Facial and Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye.