Getting in a solid eight hours of sleep has been recommended well before we started caring about skin care. But with lengthy to-do lists, long work days, early exercise classes and our ever-present social media stream, sleeping for eight hours is a luxury that not many of us have. But, if you take your skin care seriously, you might want to work on it. Your skin does most of its repairing at night and when you’re sleep deprived elevated levels of cortisol lead to inflammation and stress—which do nothing for your skin.
The good news is, beauty brands are aware, and they are working on it. In fact brands are finding ways to lull you to sleep as you apply your moisturizer. Here are a few skin care products that combine sleep and beauty so you can—you guessed it—get your beauty sleep.
This moisturizer was especially formulated to be most effective at night, during the skin’s recovery period. It includes essential oils that are motion activated—so that when you’re restless, they’ll help calm you back to sleep. The result? Refreshed, restored skin. Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon, $108
The aptly named brand This Works is new to Canada, but it packs a serious beauty sleep punch. This serum features Persian silk tree extract, cactus flower and retinol, which help to reduce the effects of sleeplessness on the skin. You’ll also want to check out the brand’s pillow spray which will only help you get you to dreamworld thanks to an essential oil blend. This Works No Wrinkles Night Repair, $107
Lush Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion, $19.95
This incredibly well-reviewed product is for your whole body and is super hydrating. Though you’ll want to note the lavender is the main scent here that will help get you some ZZZs. Lush Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion, $19.95
This go-to brand combines its nighttime routine with potent ingredients like vitamins C and E. So you’ll be treatment skin damage and signs of aging while also indulging in an aromatic combo of vanilla and valerian (a root that’s known for it’s calming and relaxing effects) that will put you to sleep. Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins, $58
(Story by Contributing Editor, Alexandra Donaldson)