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Today we're talking through a few of my favourite pre-bedtime skincare products that ensure I wake up with fresh, plump and glowing skin the next morning...
First up, let's talk about the Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore-Perfecting Serum* | £68. This is the overnight glow for oily and / or spot-prone skin because it's formulated with a cocktail of chemical exfoliants, including salicylic acid - the pore-penetrating BHA that's amazing for clearing out spot-causing debris. We also have glycolic, lactic and mandelic acids as our AHAs - glycolic is great for an overall glow boost, lactic is amazing for that, alongside resurfacing the skin and it's just that little bit more hydrating and gentle and mandelic is gentle, antibacterial and great at treating hyperpigmentation. This serum is slow release and contains balancing hydrators and moisturisers like glycerin and jojoba esters. There's also a bit of retinol in the mix too - if you don't know: this is the gold standard in well-ageing skincare, helping to prevent fine lines but also treating existing photoageing. This is my go-to if my skin is congested and lacklustre because it really reduces the inflammation of a breakout and it gives me far smoother, brighter skin overnight.
Next we have a gorgeous facial oil in the Summer Fridays Heavenly Sixteen All-in-One Face Oil | £53. Facial oils obviously aren't exfoliating the skin, and although some of them do contain active ingredients, most do not, but I still find them great for bringing the glow. This formula contains skin-nourishing antioxidant plant oils rich in amino acids to replenish your skin and make it plump-looking and healthy. The oils are all fragrance-free and the formula includes some of my favourites like rosehip, grape seed, cranberry and meadowfoam seed. This leaves my skin soft, silky, nourished and - most importantly - glowing!
An oldie that's still a goodie is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix* | £102. Obviously this is pretty pricey on its own so if it piques your interest, I really recommend keeping an eye on QVC's Elemis TSVs to try and get your hands on it at a fraction of the value. This is formulated with a cocktail of peptides, antioxidants and nourishing plant oils. Peptides - if you aren't familiar with them - are short-chain amino acids with the ability to hydrate and plump the skin and possibly even help boost up collagen production. The texture of this product is absolutely delicious, it feels dreamy and luxurious on my skin and it ensures my skin is soft, plump and radiant by the time I wake up the next morning. If I have some sort of event that I want my skin to look its absolute best for then this is my go-to product the night before.
As an all-in-one powerhouse active that both contributes towards long-term skin improvements but also provides the instant gratification of glowing skin, I recommend the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum* | £72. This milky serum is formulated with 14% glycolic acid and 1% granactive retinoid so it's not for the faint-hearted, it's for experienced users of both ingredients who do not have sensitive skin. The glycolic acid is going to brighten the skin and actually also increase the penetration of the retinoid. Granactive retinoid is often gentler than traditional retinol and it's a very stable, compatible form of Vitamin A. There are also peptides in the mix and antioxidants, so it's a fantastic all-rounder. The exfoliation delivers the luminous, smooth skin look overnight but with regular use: this is a cocktail of well-ageing goodness to help with everything from discolouration to fine lines.
Lastly, we have a gentle exfoliant in the form of the Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum* | £48. This is the option I recommend for drier or more sensitive skin types because lactic acid is your gentler, more hydrating, but still very effective AHA, and it's further buffered with the inclusion of squalane - a plant-based skin-similar replenishing oil. It's a lightweight gel that can be applied before a nice, nourishing moisturiser for a gentle resurface. It boosts glow without irritation and leaves my skin super-soft.
Have you tried any of my favourites? What are some of yours for glowing skin overnight?