Secrets from a Makeup Artist: The Best Overnight Treatments

Beauty sleep is not just a myth! Once your head hits your pillow and you start dreaming about Tom Hardy saving puppies (oh wait, is that just me?), your body starts going through different stages of sleep, and your skin reaps all the benefits — letting you wake up to glowing, plump skin. During the different cycles of sleep, your body is restored through cellular regeneration and collagen production, which we all know is what keeps our skin looking plump and wrinkle-free.

So, beauty sleep is important, but what if you’re like me and your sleeping schedule is all over the place and your skin can’t reap all the benefits of getting a full eight hours of sleep? Well, that is what overnight treatments are for! Add these to your nighttime routine so your skin can work double time and make you look your best in the morning.


What to Know




Retinol helps restore and stimulate the production of new skin cells. Whether your concern is fine lines and wrinkles, pore size, acne, or even hyperpigmentation, retinol is a great product for any skin type to use at nighttime.





Masks are a great additive to your nightly skincare routine to help repair super dehydrated skin.





Oils provide intense moisture benefits and are packed with essential nutrients for skin to repair overnight. Perfect to use alone or in conjunction with retinol or other serums and moisturizers.





Serums penetrate the skin at a deeper level, so adding one into your overnight skincare routine would be beneficial for every skin type depending on your skin concern. We love applying them with a jade roller.





Creams will provide a moisture barrier and seal in all of your serums or other treatments used overnight.



Spot Treatment


To really knock out those pimples that are giving you a hard time, try using an overnight spot treatment to clear your skin.



Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, $9.80

Perfect for someone who has never tried a retinol product before. It is effective without potentially peeling skin or redness.


Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM, $65

Perfect for improving skin tone and texture, while also assisting in collagen production. It uses Vitamin C and E to reduce lines and wrinkles and create a vibrant, youthful complexion.


Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, $16

Infused with squalene to help restore skin's natural moisture balance and keep it soft and supple, glycerin to help retain moisture and smooth skin, and fountain plant extract to help retain water and aid in increasing skin production of humectants that help hydrate.


Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask, $115

Great for all skin types to help promote deep hydration and a youthful cushion with biocompatible hyaluronic acid. It’s made with 100% natural ingredients that also help restore a dewy luminosity to skin. Plus, it smells amazing since it is infused with bergamot, Roman chamomile, rose geranium, grapefruit, magnolia, rose otto and, sandalwood — I mean come on!


Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins, $44

Wake up with radiant, refreshed skin with this vitamin C, E, and H enriched oil. Infused with relaxing essential oils, chestnut extract to help renew skin, and wheat germ to repair the skin’s natural barrier.


Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46

Great for all skin types, this oil helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple. Infused with lavender essential oil to help soothe inflamed skin and give blotchy skin a more even look.


Invigorating Night Transformation Gel, $48

An anti-aging serum that has a concentrated multi-source AHA complex that includes glycolic and lactic acids to help even out the look of tone and texture within the skin, as well as microalgea to help soften and condition. This is perfect for anyone that suffers from large pores or dark spots, uneven skin tone or texture, or fine lines and wrinkles because it provides a healthy amount of exfoliation for the skin.


POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum, $95

Alguronic acid is a powerful anti-aging ingredient that is found in this serum, and it addresses the first visible signs of aging by recharging fatigued skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and refining dull, uneven texture. With additive algaprotein, coconut water, and ribose, this potent anti-aging serum is perfect for any skin type that needs a firming boost to make skin look supple.


Water Sleeping Mask, $24

A year-round moisturizer to deeply hydrate fatigued and dry skin. Used as the last step in your nighttime routine, this product will provide a moisture barrier while restoring clarity and vitality to skin.


Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, $48

Infused with wild rose oil, this potent night cream helps even out skin tone, repairs fine lines, moisturizes, heals, and softens skin. With Vitamin C as its main ingredient, it helps minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Spot Treatment

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $17

This cult-favorite product helps exfoliate dead surface skin cells, unclog pores, and reduce and prevent acne blemishes.