Mother and Baby

Overnight Beautifiers

Section: Skin
The glory days of wallowing in the tub with a face and hair mask on may have long gone, but it's still possible to pamper yourself once you have kids. Get your hands on these beauty goodies which beautify while you sleep, so you can slap on before you hit the pillow and wake up looking great, even if your night's sleep isn't so restful.
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James Read Sleep Mask (£25,

We all know the benefits of a hydrating mask and self-tan. This clever product combines the two concepts, so you wake up with dewy, bronzed skin. Apply the clear, zero-scent gel to cleansed skin last thing at night and it will sink right in and get to work as you sleep (or don’t sleep, as is the case with most mothers). The colour is the perfect hue to lift your skin, blur away dark circles and erase a less-than-peachy complexion.
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Mavala Eye-Lite Double Lash Night Treatment (£11,

These days your beauty routine needs to be speedy and anything to make you look more human, naturally, is surely a godsend? Thicker, fuller, longer lashes will frame your eyes and mean you can ditch mascara most mornings, and this lash gel will give you that. Apply to the roots of your lashes religiously every night and the protein-rich formula will strengthen and protect to allow them to grow and grow. But be patient and persistent, as it will take a good 6-8 weeks before you see results.
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Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment Plus (£34,

If your hair is crying out for love after pregnancy, or overdue a salon visit, this little pot will come to the rescue. Rub a teaspoon between your hands until it turns into a nourishing oil and smooth through your scalp and ends of your hair. Repeat until hair is saturated, pop on a shower cap and protect your pillow with a towel (you’ve been warned) and leave it on overnight. In the morning, rinse your hair well and shampoo out. Even the most damaged, frizzy hair will be soft as silk.
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John Frieda Frizz Ease Overnight Serum (£6.99,

Super lightweight, so no need to protect your pillows or even wash out in the morning unless your hair is very fine. Just apply a 10p size amount through lengths and ends before you hit the pillow to deeply hydrate damaged areas and temporarily smooth down split ends until you can get to the salon.
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Filorga Sleep and Peel (£54,

With little ones to round up into bed every night, it can seem a huge task just to take your make-up off, let alone adopt a full skincare routine. That's why you need to introduce products that double duty or make a significant difference to your skin with minimum effort. This night cream is full of AHAs and BHAs (skin renewing acids) to reveal fresher, younger skin by morning. Apply every night (or every other night if you're more sensitive) and you'll experience the effects of a facial, even if your little darlings wake you up five times in the night.
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Bumble & Bumble Thickening Serum (£22.50,

Whether you have naturally fine hair, or you’re temporarily thinning after pregnancy, this serum will pump up and fortify each strand overnight. Work the serum into the roots and ends of damp or dry hair every night (or even twice per day if your hair is super-fine) and it will fatten up your hair in no time.
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Dr Hauschka Neem Oil (£25,

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can zap nutrients from your hair, as can neglecting a regular hair routine, but this oil works wonders on dry, damaged hair and irritated scalps. Apply from roots to tips (massaging into your scalp too) before bed, twist hair up into a bun and wash out the next morning. It's pretty greasy stuff, so make sure you're able to wash it the next day, but after just one application, your hair will be transformed. Plus, stimulating microcirculation of the scalp, you’ll promote healthier hair over time too.
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Elemental Herbology Facial Soufflé Overnight Cream (£47.00,

Forgetting to take your make-up off at night, not moisturising properly or not drinking enough water can all take its toll on your skin. In an ideal world, you would book in for a facial or get a proper night’s rest, but this overnight soufflé is the next best thing. Apply to clean skin before bed and while the consistency isn’t greasy, you will still feel it hydrating your skin the next morning. Once cleansed off, your skin will look and feel plump, protected and glowing.
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Champneys Spa Treatments Overnight Hand Therapy (£10,

Your hands take a serious battering during motherhood and if you need to take drastic action, this jojoba and shea butter-rich hand cream and glove combo (gloves not pictured) will sort out croc-skin pronto. Possibly the most unsexy item you could wear to bed, and not so practical with newborns waking around the clock, but once you’re able to hit the sack for a few hours, this duo will turn your hands back to their pre-mama glory.
  • Author: Lisa Durant Lisa Durant
  • Job Title: Beauty Editor
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