The Night Shift

Elevate your nighttime beauty regime and gift your skin the ultimate pampering with our curated list of products.

By Ingrid Wood

The notion of getting beauty sleep is truer than you think… while you’re dreaming, your skin is regenerating, so nighttime is when you should supercharge your beauty regime. Think of it as gifting your skin this party season!

Besides the obvious benefits of catching quality shuteye and erasing signs of exhaustion on your skin, nighttime is when your skin repairs itself. During the day, your skin is in defence mode as it’s constantly under attack from the sun, blue light from screens and pollution (which is why you need products that protect), whereas at night it goes into recovery mode. There is also more blood flow to the skin which stimulates collagen and DNA repair is boosted. It makes sense then to maximise this ‘downtime’. Here are some of our favourite deluxe products that complement the renewal process.

Dermaclinical i4 Medical Mist, R699

Always start with a gentle cleanser to remove makeup and the general grime of the day, says Jacqui Higgins of Skin Aesthetics. After cleansing, spritz with Dermaclinical i4 Medical Mist, which contains the powerful healing hypochlorous acid, to restore the pH balance of the skin. “Follow with either a light serum containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides and allow them to absorb before applying topical retinol cream, which is best used at night,” says Jacqui.

Neostrata Potent Retinol Complex, R1 354

Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is known for its remarkable anti-ageing properties and ability to promote skin renewal and improve overall texture. This youth elixir has a unique delivery system that allows retinol to penetrate deeply into the skin where it can have the most impact, stimulating collagen production and improving skin texture.

Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Night Cream, R6 395

Future Solution is the crème de la crème of Shiseido and this luxurious night cream contains the highest concentration of the brand’s youth-prolonging ingredient derived from the healing Enmei herb. A true restorative treatment, it’s super long-lasting – your skin will still feel fabulous in the morning. www.woolworths.co.za

Exuviance Night Renewal HydraGel, R881

Restore and hydrate your skin while you sleep with this advanced overnight treatment. Powered by exfoliating polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and hydrating acid, it makes skin look and feel smoother, softer and more radiant in the morning.

Gatineau Collagene Expert Plumping Revival Mask, R1 050

While this super luxurious cream mask can be used as a 10-minute fix, it can also be left on overnight for an intensive treatment to revive the skin and smooth out fine lines. It’s a great bedtime companion if you’re looking for plumped radiant skin come sunrise.

Sensai Total Lip Treatment, R2 310

Whether it’s due to weather changes, diet or sun exposure, your lips sometimes need more than a preventative balm. Step it up by adding a reparative lip mask to your routine to heal the lips while you sleep. This conditioning silky treatment is a truly remarkable anti-ageing essence.

La Prairie Cellular Hand Cream, R2 645

Don’t forget your hands! You can’t find a more luxurious hand treatment than this. It contains a revitalising blend of marine-derived substances, plus a rich moisture complex to hydrate and firm. It also provides gentle exfoliation to soften the skin and help fade spots. www.edgars.co.za

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