Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Skincare products that work while you sleep!

Let me set the scene.  You've had a long day, you've only had one coffee all day, you fought the urge to lamp the head off everyone and now that you're home, you're ready to face plant the bed.  Alas your face is scaldy.  You wonder whether you could get away with leaving your makeup on in an experiment to see if that 25 hour foundation really can last that long, but no.  You know that your face will be uber scaldy if you don't remove your makeup, but you compromise by not doing your full skincare routine and rather reach for products that will do the hard work for you while you're flaked out overnight.

I've got five products that kick ass overnight, leaving you fresh faced in the morning, ready to tackle the day ahead.  I'm presuming you're NOT using wipes to remove your makeup and if you are, I can't even.  DM me on Instagram and we'll have the chats!  While your skin is working hard overnight to repair itself, these will help it along the way.

E.L.F Moisturising Sleeping Mask €13.80

I tried the E.L.F Moisturising Sleeping Mask months ago when the skincare range first launched and it was my favourite of the whole lot.  This is infused with purified water, aloe, vitamin E and jojoba, and is one of the best budget skincare products I've tried in ages.  It gives the skin tonnes of hydration, it absorbs quickly and my skin feels so soft and smooth in the morning.

I'd been dying to try out the Luna Sleeping Night Oil from Sunday Riley for ages and was delighted to be given it to test out.  This is a mad looking blue retinoid oil that targets the visible signs of aging overnight while plumping and hydrating the skin.  My pal Jen swears by this and since she looks 16, I've been lashing this on like a good thing.  She goes to town with it as she has dry skin, and as I've oily, I definitely use less.  It encourages your skin cells to repair and renew overnight, and works at repairing the damage done to your skin during the day.  The blue tansy gives it that vivid blue colour that disappears when worked into the skin, so don't worry, you won't be going to bed looking like the Cookie Monster!  The blue tansy soothes the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory for your skin, helping to counteract the stresses that your skin has been under for the day.  It's spendy at £45 and I want to use it for a while longer before saying if I'd repurchase again, but so far, so fab!

I've spoken about this masque in detail before, but had to include it in this post because it's just gorgeous.  I'd happily repurchase this myself but that won't be for a while as I'm rationing it like a good thing!  It contains blue-green algae complex which is a natural retinoid alternative, along with hematite and malakite to give radiance to stressed skin.  I like to apply a layer after washing my face at night and let my skin drink it up and I know when I use it, I'm going to wake up to soft, smooth skin that's ready for another day of stress ahead!

Anything that promises me rested, fresh, radiant skin has my vote and the Overnight Reset Serum from L'Occitane has done just that.  Containing Acmella Oleracea Extract which relaxes muscle tension under the skin, Marjoram Extract which has the ability to restart gene expression functions and the famous Immortelle Essential Oil which gives it that familiar smell I know and love when it comes to L'Occitane, along with helping boost collagen production and double the rate of micro-circulation in the skin.  The Immortelle oil is suspended in the little bubbles that burst when being dispensed out of the tube, and when massaged into the skin, it absorbs quickly without feeling oily or greasy.  I definitely feel and see the difference in my skin when I don't use this, so it's become part of my nightly routine and I love it!  My pal Catherine loves it too and I'm so thankful that she's not using hand cream on her face anymore.... I know...

Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask €45

Described as a full night's sleep in a jar, the Ibuki Sleeping Mask contains vitamin capsules in a gel base along with Vitamins C and E to help tired looking skin fake the fact that you're wrecked.  I've been sleeping badly in recent months and this helps my scaldy face look alive, alive I tell you!  If hydrated dewy skin is your thing, definitely check this one out.  Layer it on before you hit the sack and let your skin soak it up, ready for the day ahead.

And these are the products I've been reaching for when the stress of being a freelance bridie takes its toll on my face.  So basically every day ok bye.

Do you have any nighttime favourites that I should check out?  Let me know!

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