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While You Were Sleeping: Beauty Products That Work Their Magic Overnight 

Let these products take the night shift abnd get ready to wake up looking fresh and fabulous. 

Head and Hair

Brian Henn
By Julee Wilson · October 5, 2017

The feature originally appeared in the September 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.


Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask ($23, Amazon)

Caudalie Vine [Activ] Overnight Detox Oil ($50, Amazon

FRESH Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask ($82, sephora.com

Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Night Dual Treatment ($270 for set, Amazon).

Incorporating an overnight mask or luxe face oil into your evening beauty routine can help your skin maintain much-needed hydration. "Water loss from the skin is more apparent at night than during the day," says Naana Boakye, a dermatologist based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. With the right regimen, you could be fighing fine lines, winkles and a dull complexion while catching some zzz's. "Moisturizers prevent barrier. As a result, it's best to rejuvenate, replenish and restore in the evening," adds Boakye. 

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ALAFFIA Coconut Reishi Hydrating Night Cream ($19, Amazon).

THIS WORKS Sleep Plus Trouble Shooter ($65, Amazon).

MOON JUICE Dream Dust Herbal Supplement ($38, Amazon).

RITUALS The Ritual of Dao Night Balm ($17, Amazon)


The circadian rhythm is what triggers cells in the body to perform essential processes at speci c times of the day. At night those cells are renewing and repairing—and not just on your face. That means you should be taking your entire physique into account when indulging in night treatments. Look for products with hydrating agents such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and coconut oil. Also try taking a natural supplement to help ease stress and ensure restful—and beautifying slumber.

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Cloud 9 Silk Pillowcase ($40, shopmoonlit.com).

SACHAJUAN Over Night Hair Repair ($66, Amazon).

ALTERNA HAIRCARE Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz PM Overnight Smoothing Treatment ($25, Amazon).

SLIP Silk Sleep Mask ($45, sephora.com).

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE. Bb. While You Sleep Overnight Damage Repair Masque ($49, Amazon).

By now you've probably heard of the bountiful benefits of sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase. Their cotton counterparts tend to absorb the oils from your skin and hair, which play a vital role in keeping wrinkles at bay and preventing breakage. While you're at it, try wearing a silk eye mask to add an extra layer of protection for your peepers. As for your strands, allowing your tresses to soak in fortified nutrients, such as oils, overnight will smooth and seal the hair's cuticle for frizz-free styling in the morning.

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