While the weather around the country might be a little temperamental at the moment, we are very much still celebrating the season of Summer.
The UV is high, you might be spending a little more time in the sun, you might have had one or two evenings when you’ve forgotten to remove your makeup [sin!!] or perhaps you’re not drinking enough water as you should be [and let’s not even mention the one-too-many Champagne toasts over December and January…]
All signs are pointing to the need to show your skin a little TLC – and with our ever-busy schedules throughout the season, lights out is the perfect time to nourish your skin and return it to it’s former glory; and what’s better than waking up looking [and feeling] like a million dollars.
These are some of my favourite products that do all the hard work while you get all the beauty sleep you need.
Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex is the ultimate holy-grail in overnight serums; it is proven to reduce and reverse signs of visible aging – from fine lines under your eyes to dull, lifeless complexions. This serum is one that you will notice the effects of most when you stop using it. Just a few drops smoothed over your cleansed face before bed will leave you waking with plumper, more glowy skin, reduced fine lines and a more hydrated complexion.
Danne Montague King’s Micro Peel is actually a powerful yet gentle exfoliator that removes dead skin-cells while hydrating new skin cells; it’s a unique gel exfoliator that features no granules or texture at all. It can be used as a rinse-off masque; being left on for 5-20 minutes then washed off; but if you’ve been preserving your tan all Summer, avoiding exfoliation like the plague and have missed a proper cleanse even once in the evenings, you’ll be amazed by what this does to your skin if you apply a very-thin layer before you hit the hay. You’ll wake to the smoothest complexion; and as all your dead skin-cells will be rid off, you’ll be left with a fresh, radiant and dewy complexion.
For me, when I’ve had one too many nights of not enough sleep or one too many hours in the sun, I really notice it under my eyes; fine line that I never knew I had appear. Not ideal!
Danne Montague King’s Eye Tone is a one-stop shop for any under eye concerns; it features beta glucan, hyaluronic acid, squalene and seabuckthorn oil – it tackles puffiness, fine lines, dark circles, redness and delivers ultimate hydration – wake up to instant pretty peepers with this essential serum-like cream.
Another eye cream that I love is Ella Bache’s Crème Speciale Yeux. It’s a rich crème that is incredibly nourishing; the alleviates any signs of dehydration or dryness and minimizes and plumps fine lines; given it’s rich texture; it may be a little too heavy to use during the daytime, so evenings are the perfect time to reap the benefits of this luxurious crème. If you’ve spent too long in the sun, have not been drinking enough water or feel as though the skin around your eyes isn’t as smooth as it should be, this is perfect. A little bit goes a very long way.
Calling all bronzed babes, I don’t know if you’ll be excited as I was when I discovered Sleep Mask Tan by James Read. An overnight serum-like masque that hydrates you pretty little face while it TANS it. Yes, seriously! Sleep Mask Tan features cucumber, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid to plump and nourish skin overnight while adding colour to your complexion. You’ll want to make sure you have a smooth, even base by using some of the products listed above before you wear this tan mask to bed. It’s also very subtle, so will work perfectly for pale gals, but for those with an olive or darker complexion, you might need to use this one a couple of nights in a row to see a real glow.
No ultimate beauty queen’s evening regime would be complete without a luxe night cream. Night creams offer restorative properties to nourish and repair the skin while you sleep, my pick of the crop at the moment is Crème Absolute by CR Formulations; it features beta glucan, marine collagen, elastin, Vitamin B3, Vitamin A, Seabuckthorn and hyaluronic acid to nourish, plump, hydrate and protect the skin. It’s perfect to layer over your favourite serum; and ensures you’ll wake up to a refreshed, nourished and plump complexion.
A little TLC in the evenings goes a long-way, so if you’re not getting your 8-hours of beauty sleep on the regular, ditch the 3 different concealers you’ve been layering to try and mask those dark circles and try one [or all!] of these super-hard-working products to get you one step closer to waking up looking like Beyonce.
Estee Lauder – Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex | Danne Montague King – Micro Peel | Danne Montague King – Eye Tone | Ella Bache – Crème Speciale Yeux | James Read – Sleep Mask Tan | CR Formulations – Crème Absolute