I use the word “miracles” in the loosest, most tongue-in-cheek sense, of course. The only real overnight miracle is managing to get more than two consecutive hours of rest, what with the cat blundering around the bedroom like an elderly, blind drunkard and Mr AMR making his various breathing noises. (I am the most intolerant bedroom-sharer you’ll ever meet. I’ve yet to find anyone, male or female, who doesn’t irritate me at least mildly during the course of a night. My sister used to drive me mad when we were growing up and I still, in my thirties, have an almost pathological hatred of being forced to have a “roomie” on a modeling trip. In fact my hatred of sharing is getting worse as I get older. Do not share a room with me, ever.)
Back to skincare, because I’m sure you don’t want to hear about my nocturnal habits! Just a little roundup, here, of a few of my most-used overnight treatments. You’ll see when you watch the video that they are very much concerned with exfoliation rather than moisturising and I really should have made it clear that I don’t use these products every single night. A couple of times a week, at most, and I just flit between them depending on how I feel. The three power players are the Alpha-H Rejuvenating Cream, which is fast becoming my upgrade to Liquid Gold; the Filorga Sleep and Peel and the Resurfacing Pads from Zelens. (An explanation on the Liquid Gold upgrade thing: it’s not that I don’t love the LG, I just am starting to prefer the cream. The texture, the addition of other ingredients that give an all-rounder “experience” rather than straightforward glycolic. You can read all about the difference here, but don’t fret if you love your LG; as I said, I haven’t fallen out of love, just evolving in tastes!)
I do also very much like the Advanced Night Repair from Estée Lauder – the new and improved version, read about it here – and the night serum from the Chanel “Skincare Wardrobe”, see here. I mention a few other bits and bobs, too – all of the products are listed below if you can’t be bothered to watch the video. Two things: I’ll reiterate that I don’t go crazytime with these exfoliants. Couple of times a week and then the nights in between I’m using either a night cream (regular moisturiser will do, “night cream” is just a hint at the fact that it doesn’t contain SPF, because you don’t need that in bed unless you live on a desert island, sleep at the top of a palm tree and work night shifts) or I’m treating myself to some kind of nice oily situation. Pai’s Age Confidence, perhaps, or Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis. There are loads out there, too many to choose from, really.
Incidentally – and this is only mildly relevant, I suppose – Pai have launched their Christmas sets. They are beautiful. The Bedtime Beauty Essentials set (see the thought process here?) is the most expensive at £80 but there are others priced at £30 which are great value. You can view the gift sets here.
Right, on with the vid. Please ignore the fact that I look a little dark under the eyes (oh the irony! In an “Overnight Beauty Miracles” video!) it’s the lighting. If you are reading via email then please click here, if you wish to simply skim-read the products I talk about then cast your eyes downwards.
Liquid Gold (use code CULTAH to get free shipping):http://tinyurl.com/amrcult
Filorga Sleep and Peel: http://tidd.ly/3f941832
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair 2:http://rstyle.me/n/c6rqht6a6
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery: http://rstyle.me/n/c6rtpt6a6
Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial: http://goo.gl/IrwJaT
Pai Skincare Age Confidence Oil: http://tidd.ly/ba2bcf86
Clinique Youth Surge Night: http://rstyle.me/n/c6rpat6a6
A’Kin Night Anti-Oxidant Moisturiser: http://tidd.ly/92965e32
Guerlain Midnight Secret: http://tidd.ly/21038bc5
My cardigan and arm warmers are both from Hush:http://tidd.ly/9be9acad