Beauty Hacks

Night treatments to fake a full eight hours

With sleep an ever-more-precious commodity, we’ve rounded up the greatest substitutes for slumber. Scoop up one of these hardworking overnight treatments, and you’ll wake looking rested in spite of your late night, too-early morning (or those impromptu cocktails)!

Dr. Dennis Gross’s {Hyaluronic Moisture Cushionis basically sleep in a turquoise-blue pot. Starring time-released hyaluronic acid to provide ‘superficial’ plumping and deliver low-level, long-lasting hydration, this incredible gel-cream floods parched cells with moisture to keep skin ‘plumped’ and pillowy. It’s really lightweight and non-greasy – just slather over just-cleansed face then pat to maximise absorption before your head hits the hay.

Anne Semonin’s {Precious Serum} is an active-packed dry-oil, which penetrates skin instantly to kick-start reparative processes. Reassuringly scented – a blend of Bulgarian rose, rosewood and lavender oils – this encourages calm and alleviates skin irritation, while sesame seed, St. John’s Wort and wheat germ oils combine with vitamins A, B, D, E and K to replenish, hydrate and rejuvenate.

Waging overnight war on wrinkles, Fillerina’s {Night Treatment} comes in 3 grades, to reverse signs of time while you catch up on Zzzzs. With a cocktail of protective and skin-strengthening ingredients – shea butter, sweet almond and rosehip seed oils – alongisde Fillerina’s signature blend of 6 hyaluronic acids, this creates the ultimate environment for cells to carry out essential ‘maintenance’. Choose 1, 2 or 3 depending on line-depth and skin condition, then leave this to do the hard work… while you do the opposite.

Resurfacing and cell-activating, Sunday Riley’s {Good Genes} bothers lazy skin cells into wakefulness. Brightening, refining and invigorating, this anti-ageing serum contains lactic acid – a gentle AHA which melts the ‘glue’ binding dulling dead cells to skin’s surface – while Sunday’s patented NV-5 Ageless Complex launches multi-pronged attack on tell-tale signs of ageing. Liquorice helps to counteract pigmentation patches, while the potent blend of botanicals encourage elastin and collagen synthesis, to increase skin’s strength, density and resilience.

Or, just deny the whole ‘time shift’ is happening. Make like Ms. Golightly and equip yourself with one of Holistic Silk’s beautiful {Silk Eye Masks} (tasseled ear plugs optional). Available in four colours, these luxurious masks not only stop light from disrupting your slumber, but the silk helps prevent the development of fine lines and creases. 


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…