We’re big fans of a good night’s sleep (in case you hadn’t noticed). But what we’re even bigger fans of is a good night’s sleep that we can wake up from looking more beautiful than we did when we dozed off. Not surprisingly, this isn’t always an easy task, what with bedhead and the like to dull our morning glow. Thankfully, a little help from some top-notch evening skincare, courtesy of some of our favorite beauty bloggers, makes waking up looking fresh and fabulous a lot less unattainable – and almost too easy.
While everybody’s been keeping the balm on their lips, Maya MacDonald, who writes the blog Charmingly Styled, has been all about lathering the stuff onto her face. “I smother Cocovit onto my skin in the morning and at night,” says Maya. “The results — moisturized skin, reduced wrinkles, clearer skin, etc. — are pretty darn magical, and it smells extra delicious too!” Maya adds that she also uses the balm as an overnight hair mask twice a week, so this is clearly a product that works overtime.
Any night cream that boasts natural ingredients, skin renewal AND aromatherapy in one neat package is a cream we want, which a sentiment we share with beauty blogger Alifya Plumber, who writes Alifya Lifestyle. “It absorbs perfectly into the skin without leaving any residue,” says Alifya, “and it makes my skin feel extremely refreshed and soft when I wake up the next morning. Plus, its amazing orangey scent is so delightful and helps calm stress so I can sleep better and wake up more rejuvenated.”
This nighttime staple lives up to its dual purpose according to beauty blogger Emmy Wanless of Emmy’s Beauty Cave, who says that it not only helps soothe and refresh her skin, but it also helps clear it up. “This night lotion is just insanely good,” says Emmy. “It works perfectly with sensitive skin and it is the perfect cream if you are prone to breakouts. I used to get a lot of breakouts, especially on my chin, and since starting to use this lotion, I literally get one breakout a month, if any!”
As with most things in life, trying a new night cream can sometimes be a bit intimidating, especially if your worried about how your complexion might react to certain ingredients. With a super simply hypo-allergenic formula, though, No. 7 creams go easy on even the most delicate of skin types. “It’s so light and feels lovely on the skin,” says Rebekah Massey, author of the beauty blog It’s High Street Honey. “It is the only cream I’ve used that has had an effect on my dry skin, and the next day, my make up just glides onto my skin. It smells so fresh, as well! The brand has different levels for your skin type and age, too. If you want to target wrinkles, there is a night cream for that!”
If a product is going to be named after a fairy, it has to have some serious power, right? LPage Beauty’s Leanne Page definitely thinks so. “This overnight treatment is enriched with hyaluronic acid to hydrate, Jojoba oil to moisturize and heal, and many other oils to soothe, strengthen, brighten and deeply nourish,” she says of her bedtime staple. “I use this twice a week and the results are instantaneous! In the morning my skin is silky smooth, very nourished, and noticeably plumper!”
Another balm favorite from Charmingly Styled’s Maya MacDonald, this is a pick that targeting the eye area in particular, as opposed to tackling the face as a whole. This is good news for anybody who has ever woken up to under-eye bags that they wish they could rub away (so, basically, all of us). “The balm hydrates and revitalizes tired eyes and is packed with antioxidants like shea butter, vitamin E, pomegranate and sea kelp,” says Maya. “It’s perfect to use to reduce puffiness, smoothing fine lines and nourishing skin.”
Sometimes the best night cream isn’t a night cream at all, at least according to Georgina Rose, who writes the beauty blog of the same name. “I personally don’t use any night creams,” she says, “however I am currently using Clean & Clear Dual Action moisturizer. While it isn’t quite a night cream, I use it before I go to sleep because it contains no oil or fragrances which means I can go to sleep after applying it without feeling like I have a lot of oil or product on my face.”
Okay, so this one isn’t so much a night cream as it is a salad dressing, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t work wonders on your skin. Victoria Mason, author behind the blog The Budget Divaa, says that she was first introduced to EVOO as a moisturizer by a friend back in high school, and has never looked back. “I love how moisturized my skin feels after using it,” she says. “It’s so simple, and most of us probably have it in our kitchen already!”