They don’t call it “beauty sleep” without reason. Your evening snooze fest is the optimal time to repair skin, hair and nails. Going beyond a simple evening cleanse, these are the treatments the InStyle beauty team swear by so they can really say #iwokeuplikethis.
Maura Lynch, InStyle Senior Beauty Editor:
"The products change, but the routine remains the same: serum, moisturizer and eye cream. The combo I am loving right now is Renée Rouleau BHA Clarifying Serum ($48; reneerouleau.com), which combats my newly-developed acne. Then I use Kate Somerville Age Arrest Cream ($90; katesomerville.com) which is full of skin-firming peptides. Lastly, I layer on Verso Super Eye Serum ($80; sephora.com), it’s lightweight, non-irritating and contains a gentle, line-fighting form of retinol. If my skin feels particularly dehydrated, I’ll slather an overnight mask on top—if I put Tata Harper’s Moisturizing Mask ($110; tataharperskincare.com) on before bed, I wake up with the prettiest glow."
Sheryl George, InStyle Beauty Editor:
"Scaly feet are probably the most unsexy thing ever. My heels tend to get beat up from walking all over the city, so at night, I slather Julep’s exfoliating and hydrating foot cream all over my feet (Mint Condition Pedi Cream, $20; julep.com). Infused with alpha hydroxy acids, the cream smooths skin so you don’t get unsightly cracks or dry patches. If I need extra TLC, I make sure to wear socks post-application so the cream really absorbs."
Dianna Mazzone, InStyle Beauty Assistant:
"A recent bout of breakouts has turned me into a brightening-product connoisseur: If it promises to fade lingering dark spots, I’ve probably tried it. But my search came to a halt when I found Belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask ($34; sephora.com). This stuff did the job over the course of three nights, thanks to a blend of cell-renewing ingredients like black truffle oil. Consider the capsules of amber, pearl, and gold powder—all of which add visible luminosity—the cherries on top."
Selene Milano, InStyle.com Senior Beauty Editor:
"When my hair is dry and brittle—either from overprocessing or just the dry, stale air in my office—I lather up with Kérastase Masquintense ($63; kerastase-usa.com) at night and leave it in until morning. When I rinse it out, my hair is instantly hydrated."
Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor:
"I’m obsessed with the Kypris Moonlight Catalyst serum. In general, I like how retinol combats breakouts while keeping my paranoia over premature signs of aging at bay, but it tends to irritate my skin if I apply too much. The infusion of pumpkin enzymes in Kypris’ serum (Kypris Moonlight Catalyst, $72; kyprisbeauty.com) acts as a much gentler alternative while addressing the same issues, leaving me with a covetable 'I woke up like this' glow in the morning."