Perfect Your Beauty Sleep

Alyssa Kelly, Contributing Writer

We’ve all woken up on a Monday morning to see that a new blemish has arisen overnight. The typical cleanse, tone and moisturize just isn’t cutting it anymore. Switching up the bedtime skincare products in your regular routine can completely change the game when it comes to fighting bad skin.


After washing your face with your favorite cleanser and toner, a face mask is the perfect way to remove any remaining imperfections. If you have acne-prone skin, try the L’Oreal Paris Detox and Brighten Clay Mask to dry out pimples and cleanse the skin before bed. If you’re looking to wake up with a morning glow on your face, check out Yes to Miracle Oil Brighten and Condition Mask. The argan oil-infused mask hydrates skin while giving it a brighter appearance. For a richer and more radiant finish, look for Shiseido’s Ibuki Beauty Sleep Mask. The vitamin-packed mask brightens, clears and moisturizes your face, all in one night’s sleep.


Moisturizing should be a top priority for people of all skin types. Hydrating your face before you sleep allows the moisturizing cream to soak in for eight hours, enhancing the skin’s texture. For acne-prone users, try Mario Badescu’s Seaweed Night Cream to soften and clear skin. The health properties — including cleansing, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory effects — of the seaweed work into your skin to leave it silky smooth the next morning. If you’re attempting to repair dry patches and obtain softer skin, use Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream. Ingredients like clary sage work with your skin to hold moisture in for much longer, giving you an all-over dewy finish.

In addition to face creams, eye creams can diminish fine lines and dark circles after hours of studying for exams. Use Tarte’s Maracuja C Brighter Eye Treatment to hydrate and replenish the under-eye area, lightening any dark circles and making your eyes pop.


Now that you’ve cleansed, detoxed and moisturized your face, apply vitamin-and-mineral-packed serums to aid in overnight skin rejuvenation. For those with persistent acne, try Philosophy’s Help Me Retinol Night Cream. The retinol lowers inflammation while firming and tightening skin. For soft skin in the morning, try First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum to pack the moisture into your pores and recharge your skin’s texture. Tarte’s Maracuja Oil also offers a natural way to repair damaged skin and revitalize your face while you sleep.

To finalize your routine, the Pamper Me Soothing Gel Eye Mask both rejuvenates and plumps the eye area to keep away dark circles.

Whether you use one, two or all of these remedies, get ready to wake up tomorrow with a beautiful and radiant complexion.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Feb. 27 print edition.

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