The lazy girl in me loves anything that promises to work while you snooze. (As does the strung-out, too-busy-for-self-care-most-days girl in me.) The best part? It’s not an unlikely notion. Beauty products are at their best while you sleep, from skin-sloughing acids that work gently and gradually in the dead of the night to self tans and teeth whiteners that you won’t even notice you’re using. Many skincare ingredients perform better when your skin is at rest and you’re less likely to interfere with their activity, by washing, wiping, or otherwise diluting their effectiveness. Some products are even designed to help send you off to la-la land with their beautiful soporific aromas. Sleep well.

YSL Pure Shots Night Reboot Serum

This light-as-water serum sinks easily into the skin and refreshes my complexion while I sleep thanks to glycolic acid and Moroccan moonlight cactus flower.

This Works Deep Sleep Night Oil

An enveloping lavender and chamomile-spiked body oil that never fails to send me into a lush bedtime trance. Use it straight out of the bath for maximum effect.

James Read Gradual Tan Sleep Mask Face Retinol

So I don’t have to decide between my anti-aging and tanning treatments this does both at once with retinol and DHA to turn back the clock and dial up the bronze.

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Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer

This superstar cult moisturizer exfoliates my face while I kip with potent glycolic acid over a hydrating glycerine and squalane base.

Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum

If glycolic acid isn’t your bag, this squalane and lactic acid serum resurfaces in a slightly more gentle manner and with lashings of hydration.

Kora Organics Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum

I love the scent of this gentle brightening serum – lavender and something woody and herbaceous. It combines AHAs, BHAs, and antioxidants for maximum glow.

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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

This is literally like putting blended up freshly-picked, perfectly ripe rose petals and rubbing them all over your face. There’s two layers to apply – a gel first then a cream mask on top so it percolates beautifully as you sleep. Just stay on your back.

Colgate Optic White Overnight

I love the idea of brightening my smile while I snooze. Simply use this handy pen to paint your front teeth after brushing before bed and let the hydrogen peroxide go to work.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Nighttime Miracle

Perfect for severely parched skin, this classic moisturizer utilizes super skin moisturisers like shea butter, dimethicone, and lanolin to quench and soothe.

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Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask

A creamy, lightweight sleep mask for problematic or stressed skin. I like to use this over my serums as the last step in my routine.

Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist

This is one of my fastest ways to prep myself for bed time. A quick mist over the face with this lavender-loaded mist (plucked from the South Australian farm) and I drift off to dreamland.

Formula 10.0.6 Overnight Success

These are game-changers for problem skin. Whenever I have a pimple, these little babies are my first port-of-call. Just cleanse the skin and pop one of these onto your blemish and wake up with a much better situation.

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Story by Sigourney Cantelo. Photography by Alice Mahran. Sigourney wears Zimmermann.

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