These retinol and anti-aging skin-care formulas work overnight to repair skin so you wake up with a more youthful complexion
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If you've been skimping on those recommended eight hours of shut-eye, consider this added incentive: Sleep is as essential for your looks as it is for your physical well-being. "All day long our skin is exposed to a constant barrage of sun, free radicals, pollution, and more," says Boston-based dermatologist Emmy Graber, M.D. "The overnight hours are when it finally gets a reprieve." Plus, while you snooze, cells undergo natural reparative processes, which you can capitalize on by using the right treatment products. So stock your bathroom medicine cabinet with these 10 overnight sensations. (And if you're spending the night with your guy, have these 7 Beauty Products For Your Adult Sleepover on hand.)
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ProX by Olay Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel
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In-office peels are excellent for renewing your complexion, but can be costly...and time-consuming. Enter the ProX by Olay Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel ($40; olay.com). A trio of acids (glycolic, lactic, and citric) gently dissolve dead, dry cells for brighter, smoother skin. All you have to do is apply in the p.m. and rinse off in the a.m. Money-saving alert: One bottle is equivalent to 24 professional peels!
Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM
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Retinol is a superstar anti-ager, but it's important to reserve the powerful ingredient for evening use only, since it's inactivated by sunlight, cautions Graber. Our pick: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM ($65; sephora.com), which combines a potent dose of retinol with nourishing vitamins C and E to minimize the potential for irritation.Get it now
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L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask
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No time for a mask? Reach for an overnight option, like the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask ($25; lorealparisusa.com). Apply before bed, then rinse in the morning to reveal smoother, more youthful skin. Unlike other masks that turn stiff and crunchy as they dry, this one contains a special polymer to stay flexible (read: comfortable) on your complexion. (Not sure what kind of mask to buy? See The Best Face Masks for Every Skin Condition.)
James Read Tan Extending Sleep Serum
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Keep your faux glow looking fresh and fabulous with the James Read Tan Extending Sleep Serum ($45; net-a-porter.com). Besides prolonging the life of your tan, the lightweight formula simultaneously hydrates and enhances skin's natural radiance.Get it now
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Trufora Intensive Night Treatment
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Never skimp on night cream; you'll reap maximum hydration benefits in the evening. "Moisturizer absorbs better overnight when you're not sweating and there's nothing else on your skin to interfere with its penetration," points out Graber. Try Trufora Intensive Night Treatment ($65; trufora.com), which contains hyaluronic acid (one of Graber's top hydrating picks), along with antioxidants to counteract the day's free radical damage.
Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask
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There's more to the Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask ($35; illuminagebeauty.com) than what, well, meets the eye. The fabric contains anti-aging copper oxide fibers that help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, making this choice for nights when you don't feel like applying eye cream.
Kora Organics Calming Lavender Mist
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Forget counting sheep next time you can't sleep. A light spritz of Kora Organics Calming Lavender Mist ($44; koraorganics.com) induces instant relaxation, thanks to the aromatherapy benefits of the namesake ingredient. Cherry powder and noni fruit deliver added antioxidant protection in this soothing spray.
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Vichy Idéalia Skin Sleep
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When a full night's slumber just isn't in the cards, fake it with Vichy Idéalia Skin Sleep ($35; vichyusa.com). The innovative new treatment is specially formulated with a combo of active ingredients (including hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and niacinamide) to mimic the natural reparative processes that occur when you're in a deep sleep. The result? You'll look well-rested...even if you're not. (Easy makeup tricks can also help you fake a good night's sleep See the 10 Beauty Tips to Make You Look Instantly More Awake.)
Slip Silk Pillowcase
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Sleeping on a silk pillowcase isn't just a beauty myth. The smooth fabric minimizes the amount of friction and tugging on delicate facial skin, both of which can contribute to wrinkling overtime. Plus, unlike absorbent cotton, silk won't draw moisture away from your skin. We're big fans of the Slip Silk Pillowcase ($80; slipsilkpillowcase.com), available in different sizes and colors.
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm
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Protect your peepers with the multi-tasking First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm ($38; sephora.com). A blend of natural butters and waxes makes the rich formula super hydrating, while youth-boosting niacinamide and algae extract fight fine lines and wrinkles. An added bonus: You can use the cushion-y formula both underneath and on top of the eye.
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