10 Overnight Skincare Treatments That Really Work

Because your skin regenerates as you sleep, it makes sense to invest in products and treatments that will aid this nightly recovery process. Whether you're prone to breakouts or want to restore lost glow, these are the ones we think actually make a difference.
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Alpha H Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum, £69.99

Best For: Smoothing Skin Tone

Why We Love It: If age spots or rosacea are a concern, try this hard-working serum. Designed to undo the day’s damage, it uses vitamin B3 to reduce pigmentation, redness and inflammation, while vitamins A, E and sodium hyaluronate strengthen the elastin fibres to prevent loss of collagen and firmness. If you suffer with sensitivity, ease yourself in by using this only once or twice a week. The formula is potent, so a little goes a long way.
  
Available at Alpha-H.uk

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COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask, £24

Best For: Enlarged Pores

Why We Love It: This multipurpose mask combats a number of issues while you sleep, including acne, dullness and dehydration. Packed with skin-regenerating rice extract and soothing niacinamide, it also works to minimise the appearance of large pores. Use it either as a wash-off mask or a day cream – either way, the results will be impressive.
 
Available at Boots.com

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LixirSkin Night Switch Essential Lipids, £18

Best For: A Tailored Treatment

Why We Love It: Created to treat dry and tight skin that’s lost its elasticity, Lixir’s new lipids can be mixed into your existing night cream. Designed to work as a targeted treatment over three weeks, you’ll probably notice a difference within just a few days. Ceramides, essential fatty acids and glycerides keep skin stimulated and plump, while the formula’s enzymatic technology swiftly removes dead, flaky patches for a luminous, even finish. 
 
Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

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Pai Skincare Carbon Star Detoxifying Overnight Face Oil, £29.25

Best For: Controlling Breakouts & Excess Oil

Why We Love It: If your skin is congested, oily or lacking a bit of lustre, this oil is bound to help. Brimming with antibacterial organic black cumin seed oil, it purges clogged pores, while vitamins, enzymes and fatty acids absorb any dirt and excess oil for smoother-looking skin. The vegetable charcoal also works to gently exfoliate blemish-prone skin, without stripping away any moisture. Try massaging a few drops onto clean skin morning and night after you’ve applied your serum and/or moisturiser. Results might take a few weeks to show, but stick with it – the outcome is worth it. 
 
Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

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Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, £26

Best For: Instant Hydration

Why We Love It: Suffering with dryness or tight-feeling skin? This gel-like mask is guaranteed to help. An intensive moisturising treatment, it delivers hunza apricot, moisture wrap technology and hyaluronic acid deep into the skin. All work to combat dryness, purge clogged pores and improve absorption of key ingredients. Ideal if you want a brighter complexion, vitamin C keeps sluggish skin in check, while the calming lavender fragrance will help you drift off. 
 
Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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Elemis Peptide4 Overnight Radiance Peel, £56

Best For: Boosting Brightness

Why We Love It: A peel might sound scary, but this is anything but. Exfoliating AHAs are cushioned by nourishing botanical oils, which allow the formula to penetrate the skin quickly, and whisk away dull cells stuck on the surface of your skin. Unlike some peels which can feel more astringent, this one’s milky consistency is instantly cooling. Come morning, you’ll wake up to better skin tone and smoother-looking pores. One of our most-loved overnight treatments of all time. 
  
Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

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Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial, £58

Best For: Anti-Ageing Results

Why We Love It: You’d be hard pushed to find a bad review of this overnight treatment. Suitable for all skin types, it does a bit of everything. Layer it on over cleansed skin at night – we recommend doing a little facial massage for best results – and let ingredients like retinol, omegas and essential oils get to work. Known for its ability to fight rashes, smooth the skin and boost hydration almost immediately, it’s ideal for this time of year when your complexion needs a bit of a helping hand.  
 
Available at SpaceNK.com

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Sweet Chef Beet + Retinol Nightly Firming Mask, £21

Best For: Rough, Dry Skin

Why We Love It: Most of us suffer with rough or dry skin at this time of year. One of the best – and most affordable – remedies is this retinol-rich overnight mask. Brimming with antioxidants, it uses beetroot to deliver vitamins into the skin, bolstering skin’s strength for better luminosity. The added vitamin A (retinol) kick-starts sluggish cells into action, which in turn boosts collagen to ensure skin stays plump. If you’re prone to inflammation, don’t worry – rich fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9) will boost moisture levels and counteract any irritation. Stick with it for several weeks for best results – as it contains retinol, use it once or twice a week to start with, and build up depending on your skin’s tolerance. 
 
Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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U Beauty Resurfacing Compound, £85

Best For: The Effects Of Laser

Why We Love It: An all-in-one serum, this was U Beauty’s first product and remains a brand bestseller today. After working with a lab and testing nine different formulations, the result was a potent mix of antioxidants, peptides, vitamin C, E, A and hyaluronic acid. Aiming to recreate the resurfacing and refining effect of professional lasers without the invasiveness, this works to smooth and tighten skin for a firmer-looking appearance over time. If there’s only one product you try from the range, make it this – a little goes a long way, so use it sparingly.
 
Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, £41

Best For: Gentle Exfoliation

Why We Love It: One of the most popular K-beauty products on the market, this juicy mask has earned itself a legion of loyal followers. Rich in hyaluronic acid, brightening peony root and exfoliating AHAs (gentle glycolic and lactic), it delivers long-lasting moisture, while simultaneously resurfacing uneven tone and texture. It’s gentle enough for all skin types to use without the risk of inflammation or irritation, and the Instagram-worthy pink packaging is a another big selling point. No wonder it’s one of Sephora’s bestsellers.
  
Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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