Eight of the Best Overnight Moisturizing Products, According to Dermatologists
There are a number of good reasons why you should consider moisturizing your skin overnight. Whether you're often scrambling to find the time for a little self-care or simply love to multitask, experts say that hours during which you're asleep are great for hydrating your skin and letting products sink really in. "Just like the brain, the skin repairs and regenerates itself overnight, so it's important to make [applying products at night] a habit," says Dr. Ashley Magovern, owner and founder of Manhattan Dermatology and Dermstore's medical director.
And since you're asleep, this is also an extended period of time during which you won't be tempted to touch your face or otherwise interfere with any of the products you've applied, which means you'll get to reap their full benefits. "Allowing products to work while you sleep is beneficial for the hydration process because it allows the product to perform without disruption," says Dr. Murad, dermatologist and creator of his eponymous skincare brand. Ready to give this skincare technique a try? Here, eight expert-approved products work hard to calm your dry, irritated skin while you sleep, so you can wake up looking and feeling your best.
Glycolic Acid Treatment
"Once I get home from work, I go straight upstairs and put on my comfy clothes and start layering on my products," says Dr. Magovern. "Glycolic acid, which is the new Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment by Sunday Riley, should be in everyone's regimen. It's a hidden gem—it brightens and smooths the complexion and keeps it looking bright and young."
Shop Now: Sunday Riley "Good Genes" Glycolic Acid Treatment, $122, dermstore.com.
Night Oil Blend
"The Sunday Riley LUNA Sleeping Night Oil blends a retinoid derivative with soothing and calming chamomile and licorice extract, which is a great combination for nighttime restoration," says Dr. Magovern.
Shop Now: Sunday Riley "Luna" Sleeping Night Oil, $105, dermstore.com.
Overnight Lip Mask
"This product is sure to keep your lips looking young, plump, and hydrated with a blend of jojoba oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E. Lactic acid helps with gentle exfoliation—which is even important for the lips!" says Dr. Magovern. She also emphasizes the importance of protecting your skin during the day, too. "Don't forget to put sunscreen on in the morning, every morning—cumulative sun damage will cause premature aging of the lips, and they will appear dry and flaky, regardless of how much you hydrate them."
Shop Now: Jouer Cosmetics Overnight Conditioning & Repairing Lip Mask, $20, dermstore.com.
This luxe cream provides full 24-hour hydration thanks to hyaluronic acid. "[It] restores suppleness and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles," explains Dr. Murad. "The addition of coconut extract helps provide enhanced moisture retention and gives skin a youthfully smooth texture. Diving a bit deeper in the hyaluronic acid (HA) technology—the HA gives an instant and lasting moisture boost by attracting water to skin and keeping it there." Dr. Murad says the moisturizer works for all skin types, including sensitive and oily skin. While this product can be used no matter the hour, Dr. Murad says some of his patients prefer to apply it exclusively at night.
Shop Now: Dr. Murad "Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturizer" Moisturizer, $75, murad.com.
Traditionally hard to moisturize areas of the body, such as the elbows, need a powerful product. "[Aquaphor] is perfect for use in the evening," says Dr. Tess Mauricio, MD, FAAD. "Apply a generous amount of product on affected areas before bedtime. On elbows, apply Aquaphor ointment, then use a plastic wrap to cover the areas and leave overnight and the next day, skin will feel and look better."
Shop Now: Aquaphor Healing Ointment Tube, from $4.49, ulta.com.
"It's actually important to moisturize the nails as well as the hands," says Dr. Magovern. "Most people don't realize that applying moisturizer to the nails will make them stronger. Try doing it regularly and you will see a difference in your nails, especially if you struggle with brittle nails."
Shop Now: Caudalíe Hand and Nail Cream, $15, dermstore.com.
Hydrating Hand Food
This hand cream uses super quenching shea butter and macadamia oil for deliciously smooth skin. "This hand cream can be applied as often as one needs and it's great for overnight use, so your hands can soak up the shea butter and macadamia oils while you sleep," says Dr.Mauricio. "For best results, I recommend applying a thicker layer, then covering hands with cotton gloves, socks, or plastic wrap then leave on overnight to soften, smooth, and soothe dry, chapped, or otherwise hampered hands. Just be careful if you have fragrance allergies, as this is scented."
Shop Now: Soap & Glory "Hand Food" Hand Cream, $8, ulta.com.
"Amlactin products are a long time go-to for dermatologists and are great for rough, dry skin," says Dr. Magovern. "This product contains lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid, which smooths and melts away the rough skin cells." She suggests using this product twice a day, for at least a month. "I tell my patients to buy two and leave one on their nightstand to make sure they don't miss the application before bed—that's the most important one."
Shop Now: Amlactin Foot Repair, $10, dermstore.com.