Boost and beautify while you sleep? These are definitely my kind of treatments!
To sleep, perchance to slather on more beauty potions. Because we all know now that when we sleep our natural repair rhythms kick in, but also our skin doesn’t have to protect itself from the sunlight, blue light and pollution that can wreak havoc with it, making night the best time to aid the skin’s repair process.
So the night-time skincare arena is a pretty hotly contested category. But since it was first launched in 1982 Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (£60, johnlewis.com) has stood out as a category leader and is one of those products that pretty much everyone I know swears by. And it has just had an upgrade. No need to panic if you’re a dedicated follower of ANR, as it’s affectionately known. You’ll still recognise it as your trusty favourite. But you should see some even more impressive results since it now helps to increase the skin’s natural renewal and boost production of new cells and collagen to help with firmness (if you want the technical jargon this is thanks to its patented Chronolux Power Signal Technology which is the result of research into longevity). This is a great all-rounder though, helping to reduce the appearance of pores, even skin tone, hydrate and help to minimise the look of lines. Also, despite its name, you can use it as part of your morning routine. It has a great lightweight texture which sinks straight in, and now comes housed in a recyclable brown bottle.
If dark spots are your issue then the recent launch from Ren Clean Skincare is definitely worth trying. Its Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream (£49, spacenk.com) is all about tackling uneven skin tone (it deploys an algae complex for this). It’s a rich texture so best to massage it in. And being Ren, the packaging is recycled glass and the lid is made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic.
Allies of Skin is a brilliant brand for effective skincare with good levels of active ingredients and its Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum (£89, cultbeauty.co.uk) is a serious multitasker. It exfoliates, hydrates, evens out skin tone and can help with persistent breakouts.
For an overnight hydration boost you can always use some Q+A Super Food Facial Oil (£8, feelunique.com), with prickly pear. This feels weightless and my skin always looks better for it in the morning.
And a real overnight sensation…
On a related theme is a product from a new UK luxury brand: Skin Sleep Cream by Leaves & Flowers (£65, leavesandflowers.co.uk). I have set this apart as it really interests me. It harnesses the power of natural ingredients with a strong focus on CBD. But where it often comes from oil, this range uses a more potent isolate powder form. The brand is founded by Sadie Leibo, who spent years working in various areas of the beauty business. It was after she tried some CBD orally and couldn’t believe how significantly her wellness improved that she decided to create a topical range and found it leaves skin healthier. And I think she’s done an excellent job of it. She’s launched with this cream, but stay tuned for more. I love using this at bedtime. It has a delicate Bulgarian rose fragrance, contains glycogen to boost the hyaluronic acid in the skin (so good for hydration and plumping) and a plankton extract to help with the natural circadian cycle. It has even helped me nod off…
My latest flames
Honestly, I’ve barely met a scented candle that I haven’t liked, but it’s also an expensive habit (especially if, like me, you like to have many burning at once). But the latest to win me over comes from London-based Sister & Co. As quality candles go, this is affordable at £25 (sisterandcompany.co.uk), with £1 from each sale donated to Solace Women’s Aid (providing refuge for women and children). It’s very ‘clean’ as the base is made from coconut and rapeseed wax (it’s paraffin and phthalate-free) and fragranced using essential oils in the same scents as the brand’s bath oils: Myrtle, Holly and Rosa.
I also love the packaging. Sister & Co approached female artists to design imagery for the containers, with the work running for three months per artist. It kicks off with Allegra Parlavecchio and three designs to choose from. My empties will absolutely become beauty storage. The brand is open to being approached by artists keen to take part – get in touch with them via Instagram @sisterandcoorganics.
Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson