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MIDNIGHT OIL

While you're catching 40 winks, your skin is hard at work repairing damage incurred during the day. Here's how to give it a helping hand with these restorative night salves

MIDNIGHT OIL

YOU AREN'T THE only one stressed out by your breakneck schedule. And just like you need a full eight hours of rest to feel refreshed and rejuvenated, so does your complexion. After tucking in, your skin is harboured from aggressors like the sun, smoke, smog and other toxins, giving it a chance to regenerate. In fact, according to research, your skin doesn’t stop at churning out fresh healthy cells overnight; it also sheds dead ones by adopting a slightly more acidic pH.

Since “beauty sleep” is more than a mere idiom, we’ve unearthed the hardest working night treatments to help give your skin a much-needed boost while you’re counting sheep.

Vim and Vigour: Right before bed, take eight minutes to bolster your skin with La Mer’s The Intensive Revitalizing Mask. Fortified with the brand’s new Purifying Ferment and Vitality Ferment, this potent treatment neutralises damaging free radicals accrued during the day while improving barrier strength so that skin is more resilient to environmental antagonists.

Waste Not: To fuel lymphatic drainage while you snooze, slather your skin with Clé de Peau Beauté’s Synactif Crème. This concentrated elixir eliminates detrimental waste matter and inflammatory cells that, if left unchecked, can denature collagen and elastin, ultimately leading to premature wrinkles. Enriched with a Reviscentalis complex harvested from plants that thrive in extreme conditions, Giorgio Armani’s Crema Nera Extrema Supreme Recovery Balm also hones in on purification by detoxifying the environment of pro-regenerative proteins so that they’re better equipped to propagate healthy, hardy cells.

Slow Your Roll: Often the by-product of sleep deprivation, micro-inflammation in the skin can speed up the ageing process. Dior’s Prestige Le Nectar de Nuit, which slowly releases actives like its exclusive Rose de Granville extract, mitigates inflammation while enhancing the regenerative capacity of cells so that they behave more like they did in your youth.

Plump It Up: The thin-skinned lip area requires as much tender loving care as the eye contour, but it rarely receives the attention it deserves. Restore volume while you doze by applying Fresh’s Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy, which features a cocktail of sugar-based and botanical extracts to improve elasticity so that your pucker appears plumper by the time your alarm goes off.

Get Lifted: There’s no better way to drift off into la-la land than with a relaxing massage, especially one that boasts beauty benefits. Lancôme’s Rénergie French Lift pairs active ingredients like resveratrol and oligoside with a unique manual method to visibly tone sagging skin. For tired eyes, YSL’s Or Rouge Eye Crème targets loss of elasticity using pistils of saffron harvested from crocus flowers. Rich in glycans, this rare extract helps support the structure of the skin, easing the look of deep-set wrinkles and crow’s-feet so you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed without the aid of an espresso.