Things always seem to get in the way of our beloved beauty sleep—be it a snoring partner, office stress, an all-night marathon of The Crown, or that extra glass (or two) of champagne. Unfortunately, restless nights can lead to a haggard complexion. While a boatload of coffee and highlighter offer a temporary fix, the best way to nix tired skin is to combat it before it happens. "Moisturization is one of the basic pillars of skin health," says dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara, "An overnight cream ensures that your complexion has everything it needs to rejuvenate and regenerate." Here, a selection of formulas to slather on before bed that promise to brighten, firm, and smooth as you snooze.
Perricone MD's overnight cream combines the line- and pore-refining powers of alpha lipoic acid with firming ingredient DMAE and moisturizing coconut oil. The triple-threat targets all of the natural signs of aging, leaving skin smoothed and refreshed.
Garnier's Anti-Fatigue Night Cream offers the hyaluronic acid available in a a far more expensive product line, without the hefty price tag. With lavender essential oil and alpha hydroxy acid to boot, this cream packs quite the punch for under $10.
Being flaky is never chic—especially when it comes to your complexion. Those prone to dryness should look for treatments that replace the skin's protective barrier biologically. "Your skin is made up of proteins, lipids, and ceramides, and with time they get compromised. This cream replaces everything that gets stripped since it's formulated with the exact lipids your skin needs to repair itself," says Dr. Gohara.
Wake up and smell the roses (literally) with this sweet-scented mask/night cream hybrid. It has wild rose oil and vitamin C to hydrate parched skin, minimize pesky lines, even out discoloration, and fade dark spots.
Gwyneth Paltrow teamed up with the natural beauty brand Juice Beauty to create a luxurious skincare collection that relies primarily on certified organic ingredients. Before hitting the pillow, apply this potent cream infused with sandalwood nut oil to improve your complexion's elasticity and firmness.
If it isn't broken, don't fix it. Crème de la Mer has been a skincare staple for decades—and for good reason. The brand's proprietary "Miracle Broth" is suspended in the formula, promising a noticeable change in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores.
If dark spots are the bane of your existence, this cream is likely what you've been dreaming of. Packed with ingredients such as glycolic acid, papaya extract, and viniferine to fade spots, scars and hyper-pigmentation. But hyaluronic acid and vegetal Butylene Glycol work together to hydrate, plump and maintain a healthy moisture level.
Elemis Pro-Collagen products have a cult-following, and for good reason. A blend of padina pavonica, drone peptide technology, microalgae, and wild indigo ooligosaccharides, create a protective treatment that seals in hydration to restore balance. The results are clinically proven too. With regular use, skin will be firmer, and have less lines, plus you'll notice a visible bounciness.
Hyper-sensitive skin types don't have to miss out on anti-aging night creams with Ren's Overnight Recovery Balm, which was formulated with jojoba oil and antioxidants to support the skin's natural protective barrier and take down any irritation from dryness. As an added bonus, enzymatically activated oils from olive, almond, borage and linseed, to stimulate fatty lipid production—and the skin's natural repair system.
Known for it's intensive moisturizing qualities, Olay's Regenerist Night Recovery Cream is packed with an amino peptide complex, which penetrates deeply to jumpstart the regeneration of surface skin cells.
Okinawa Red Algae and botanical extracts power this ultra-concentrated night cream. Together, the ingredients target skin clarity, texture, and tone to replenish your natural glow and help smooth away spots and signs of aging.
Hyaluronic acid is critical to any skin care routine, but it is especially efficacious when used at night. Enter Estee Lauder's Advanced Time Zone Night cream, which utilizes an Tri-HA (short for Hyaluronic Acid) Signaling complex to boost the skin's natural production of the moisture-binding sugar. while an amino acid complex replenishes collagen supplies.
PM hours are reserved for Retinol for a reason. The active is one of the most effective at improving lines, wrinkles, texture and boosting elasticity and firmness by jumpstarting the skin's natural sloughing process. This formula is boosted by tri-active technology and peptide rich algae to impart a vibrant and supple complexion over time. Also key: it's gluten-free and hypoallergenic.