17 Beauty Products That Will Improve Your Skin While You Sleep

When it comes to skin repair, nighttime is the right time.

Photography by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful.
Photography by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful.

Natalia Vodianova in “Sleep No More,” W Magazine December 2012.


There’s something about the rich texture of this peptide and squalane cream that says, “You sleep. We’ll take it from here.” Maybe because it was created by two anesthesiologists…?

Simply Venom Night Cream, $69,


In this rich concoction, a potent dose of retinol pairs with vitamin E, essential fatty acids, rice bran and a blend of eight oils to help reduce inflammation.

111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil, $230,


Three probiotic strains work to reinvigorate skin, while alpha hydroxy acids remove dull skin and improve cell turnover and vitamin C and retinol improve collagen production and diminish dark spots.

Tula Multi-Spectrum Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment, $85,


Supermodel Elle Macpherson’s doctor told her she needed at least seven hours of good sleep each night, she replied, “Fine. Got the concept, now how do I do that?” So, she created this tea, a valerian, skullcap and hops blend lightly flavored with lemon and mango.

WelleCo The Super Elixir Fortified Calming Tea, $69,


A trio of plant extracts take advantage of skin’s overnight repair time: black truffle extract improves collagen production, black willow extract increases cell turnover and black algae extracts help with cell turnover on skin’s surface.

Babor Night 7X Active Night Fluid, $40,


This luscious cream is like slipping your face into a pair of silk pajamas.

AmorePacific Time Response Skin Renewal Sleeping Masque, $200,


A host of minerals are found in Appriya water in Southeast Asia, which mixes with colloidal gold to help build collagen and reduce inflammation. Bonus for minimalists: its super light lotion texture makes it day-friendly, as well.

Appriya Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night Cream, $189,


This lavender, rose and vanilla spray is a mainstay in my beauty kit, thanks to its tiny travel size.

Aromaflage Botanical Sleep Fragrance, $30,


I bathe with this brand’s Lavender Body Wash to calm my mind before bed each night, so I’m thrilled they came out with this cream (loaded with specific seaweed types known for their anti-inflammatory properties), so now my skin can be calmed, too.

The Seaweed Bath Co. Restoring Marine Night Therapy, $49,


This oil-free serum relies on witch hazel, bark leaf extract and apple blossom extract to work with skin’s natural rhythms in cell renewal.

__Dr. Hauschka Night Serum, $60,


I hadn’t been a fan of any of the silky or satiny wrinkle-reducing pillowcases that came to my office until I found this one. While its competition are usually of the flimsy, shiny variety, this one, infused with copper fibers whose ions aim to diminish fine lines, actually feels how I want my own skin to feel: firm and sturdy, yet smooth to the touch.

MeGlow Beauty Boosting Pillowcase, $55,


This divine oil-infused balm contains so many plant-derived ingredients I can’t name them all, but its echinacea base, skin protecting natural oils and vitamin C turn dreams of firmer skin into reality the next morning.

Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm, $48,


This sticky gel also taps the power of seven dark-shaded antioxidants, including red wine, black cumin seed, black pearl and black currant in this combination serum and mask. Use an old pillowcase with this one; it won’t necessarily stain your pillow, but the sticky factor is rather high. But so worth it.

J. One Black Jelly Pack Overnight Rescue Mask, $47,


A whole menu of organic oils are in this intense salve, including argan, avocado, pomegranate seed, orange and evening primrose—the last two are what I smell when I inhale this as I press it with the palms of my hands into my cheeks before bed.

Nourish Organics Overnight Recovery Serum, $25,


On nights when my skin’s feeling especially dry and red, I reach for this silky humectant. It combines hi-tech cell-renewal proteins with natural antioxidants like olive wax, meadowfoam seed oil and coconut oil. My skin literally feels like it’s sealed up in a sleeping bag of skin care.

Revive Rescue Elixir Anti-Aging Oil, $285,


I know this fast-evaporating cream is for the body, but, with essential oils of lavender, chamomile and vetiver, I use it mostly on my shoulders, which, since I sleep on my stomach, are the body parts closest to my nose.

This Works Sleep Plus Dream Body, $46,