4 night formulas to help you get more shut eye

Getting your eight hours of beauty sleep is all well and good. But, by adding one simple step to your skincare regimen before you crawl under the covers, you can wake up to the complexion of your dreams.

“Night time is the optimal time to support skin to maximise existing natural processes that occur in skin,” says Dr Nadine Pernodet, Executive Director of Skin Biology, Research & Development at The Estée Lauder Companies. “[This is] because skin is not trying to fight off all the external aggressors at the same time, such as during the day.” Pernodet says the skin is more receptive to receive ingredients that help it to repair itself naturally. “It is also the best time for the body to relax, rest and refresh itself to better prepare for the next day,” she says.

Catabolysis is a natural purification process that helps skin cells eliminate internal debris that can cause cellular damage. Since 2007, Estée Lauder scientists have been researching this new form of cellular purification and they have determined that catabolysis is synchronised to peak at night; making night-specific creams essential while you sleep.

Here, we reveal the power and potency behind these new night formulas…

Estee Lauder

 Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Intense Nourishing Crème/Mask, $88

Featuring fragrant pomegranate, this decadent night crème/leave-on mask also contains seaberry fruit oil and algae so you wake up with noticeably dewy, glowing skin.
People For Plants

People for Plants Pomegranate, Burdock and Shea Night Cream, $29.95

A certified organic night cream, this formula is ideal for all skin types. It features pomegranate for its free-radical fighting anti-oxidants as well as shea butter and cold pressed macadamia oil to intensely hydrate skin while you rest.


Dermalogica Clear Start Overnight Treatment, $23.50

Packed full of cucumber and licorice to calm and reduce redness, tea tree and lavender to keep oil at bay and salicylic acid to prevents breakouts from forming overnight.
La Prairie

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, $355

Best applied two to three times a week, this luxurious crème gives new meaning to ‘beauty sleep’. It refines, replenishes and firms skin thanks to caviar extract. It’s pure indulgence.

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Eleanor Pendleton
Eleanor Pendleton is an award-winning leading beauty and health journalist. Eleanor has held Beauty Editor positions at magazines including InStyle and FAMOUS. Eleanor has also written for publications including Harper's BAZAAR Australia, Harper's BAZAAR China and Cosmopolitan Hair & Beauty. When Eleanor isn't editing her own beauty website, grittypretty.com, she is a Beauty Ambassador for SHOP Til You Drop magazine. In April 2013, Eleanor was awarded the highest achievement in fragrance journalism, The 2013 Jasmine Award for Journalistic Excellence, which is an internationally-recognised beauty industry award.