Sleeping Beauty

Sleep is something I regard very dearly, especially since I started working full time again. As I work long (and late!) hours, I try to keep my evening pampers to the minimum, as I simply don’t have the time for it, hence I have ventured into using products that do some magic overnight. Magic might be a strong choice of words, but hear me out on this one.

SAMPAR So Much to Dew Midnight Mask
Can we please take a second and appreciate the witty names SAMPAR has been slapping on (most of) their products? Brilliant, albeit a mouthful. So Much to Dew Midnight Mask is a hydrating overnight mask that contains Hyaluronic Acid Capsules to replenish the skin and Smart Hydrating Complex, which reproduces the skin’s hydrolipidic film for complete hydration. It comes with a soft brush, to apply and blend the product into the skin. I personally don’t like using the brush on products (all from a hygienic aspect), so I just squeeze some product out on the back of my hand and apply it with my fingers. Most hydrating overnight masks have broken me out or caused under-the-skin-bumps, but so far, so good. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky on the skin, making it very comfortable to sleep with it on. My skin is plump and ready to conquer the world the next morning.

PHYTO Secret de Nuit
It’s been a ‘cult’ French pharmacy product for ages, but as strong headed as I am, I didn’t think I needed it. Boy, was I wrong. I’ve got the typical Asian hair type —long, thick, straight and coarse. The latter I’ve never been able to find a remedy to deal with, until now. I apply a pea size amount in my ends and repeat when necessary. Secret de Nuit comes in a gorgeous navy glass bottle and contains 92% natural and botanical active ingredients. The Macadamia Oil, its essential fatty acids and the Milk Thistle Fruit Extract aid in the regeneration of your hair and Black Orchid and Grape Seed Polyphenols are packed with antioxidants. This concoction of nuts, florals and fruits makes your hair smell darn good. The next morning, my hair is so much softer and smoother than before. It is paraben and silicone free, so it’s not the bad stuff that’s making magic happen here.

SAMPAR Nocturnal Mask
It’s the first time I heard of an overnight mask to battle blemishes, thus wasn’t sure what I should (and could) expect. My main concern was that it might be too drying or uncomfortable to wear —in the end I’m supposed to sleep with it after all. Containing Lentil Extract, Omega 3&6, Horse Chestnut Extract and Soy Protein, it is the formula to reduce redness, tighten pores and clarify overnight. It is a cream which you can easily apply on the skin and it dries up almost instantly and disappears into the skin. As I got combination skin, I did find it a bit tight on my cheeks, so I did apply a few drops of oil prior to going to bed. The next morning my skin has calmed down a lot and looks less red and angry. Combined with a spot treatment, it’s the best for spot zapping and clearing up the skin. I would definitely recommend this to normal, combination and oily skin types, but if you’ve got dry – very dry skin, I’d stick with the blemish busting masks you can rinse off after one use as this might be rather uncomfortable for you to wear throughout the night.

Conscious Skincare Hand Cream and Viridian
Not necessarily an overnight treatment, but I do love to use this combination as my hands are always dry and in winter the condition of my hands are literally the worst. Cracked, dry and non-attractive skin is what you see. Besides it being very unpleasant to look at, it simply bugs me when trying to sleep, hence I always have to coat my hands in a nice layer of hand cream —Conscious Skincare Soothing Hand Cream Hardworking Hands has been doing its job very well. It’s 100% natural and contains Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Evening Primrose Oil, among others. When I’ve got some time, I also apply Viridian Cuticle Oil on my cuticles to give them a treat, but if not I just take a moment to rub the Hand Salve on my cuticles. Because it contains so many oils it sounds like it’d be very greasy —it’s all but that. Containing no mineral oil, it sinks into the skin very easily, letting you wake up with hydrated hands, leaving no oil film behind.

What are your favourite overnight treatments?