There are many sleep disrupters. One is offsprings for starters – it begins when they are born and morphs into sheer sleepless panic when they are teenagers and out till all hours. Just when you think it is safe to get some shuteye, the husband develops a weird snoring pattern. Are you kidding me! No wonder we’re all looking ravaged.

One hot tip is to get the most out of your nocturnal skincare and it’s best to begin the process as soon as you arrive home in the evening. Take your makeup off and the grime of the day and apply your night-time skincare ritual for long-lasting results.

In search for some after-hours beauty revivers, here are our top fab five to try …

Elemis Pro-Definition Night Cream, $125 for 50ml, (call 07 5564 6767 for salon stockist details) is for you if saggy skin is a concern. This rich – but also somehow lightweight – cream uses plant stem cell technology (gardenia is a star ingredient here) to re-energise slackening skin and tighten things up. Skin looks beautifully plump by morning.

Estée Lauder‘s signature Advanced Night Repair range has a long history of night-time winners – my favourite for the delicate eye area is Advanced Night Repair Eye, $120 for 20m. Apply a tiny amount and massage onto the orbital bone with your ring finger.

Guerlain Issima Midnight Recovery Secret, $48 for 15 ml … the name says it all. A must on those nights when you tumble into bed in the wee hours, with an early morning meeting looming.

To nourish hair overnight, try L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Ever Strong Overnight Repair Treatment, $42 for 100ml (from supermarkets). Just set and forget.

And for soothing pillow talk you can’t go past, The Body Shop Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist, $29.95. Even the process of spritzing your pillow has a calming effect and sets up a lovely pre-sleep ritual.


Stephanie Darling has had a long and impressive career in beauty journalism with some of the most prestigious magazines in the country. She started out at Vogue and since then has been Beauty Director of VOGUE AustraliaHarper’s BAZAAR and Madison. Stephanie is a regular contributor to Good Weekend, and is currently the Beauty Director of Daily Life and Sunday Life.