Getting a regular eight hours’ sleep is one of the best things you can do for your skin, but when life gets in the way, we want a bit of a helping hand.
Night creams are the secret weapon in your skincare regime – doing all the hard work while you’re busy doing nothing.
The Real Beauty Awards wanted to discover nourishing, luxurious overnight moisturisers that could banish dull skin by the morning and, over time, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. So they selected the most exciting new night creams from the last 12 months and sent each one off to five different women to test for us.
The Real Beauty winners were picked entirely on tester feedback – nothing else. Only the products that genuinely impressed our testers with visible results have been singled out for a coveted Real Beauty Award.
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Premium night creams (£40+)
WINNER: Meder Beauty Circa-Night Cream, £98 here
Designed specifically to counteract the visible effects of bad sleep, testers were universally impressed with this overnight sensation.
Tester says: “A really effective night cream. My skin feels firmer, softer and brighter in the morning. Over time, I noticed fine lines and wrinkles had gradually reduced. My hubby said my skin was glowing.10/10”
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Allies of Skin Retinal & Peptides Repair Overnight Mask, £105 here
Testers saw results from the first use, and they kept getting better over time too.
Tester says: “Brilliant – my skin was impressively regenerated, with a massive difference to lines and wrinkles. I looked more refreshed. It definitely worked. 10/10”
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Arbonne AgeWell Intense Repairing Night Cream with 2% Bakuchiol, £75 here
This cream was lovely to use with results that testers’ friends and families noticed too.
Tester says: “This cream makes my skin feel great. I loved applying it just before going to bed – a thick, rich night cream. Feels like it is sorting my skin out whilst I sleep. I noticed firmer, plumper skin and a healthy glow.”
Mass market night creams (under £40)
WINNER: Fenty Skin Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream, £36 here
Rihanna’s overnight miracle was our best performer under £40. All our testers loved this for the radiance boost it gave them, which got even better as the trial went on.
Tester says: “I noticed a glow a few days after I started using it. My skin looks so much brighter now and I looked like I’d slept better. People asked what I’d been using.”
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Q+A Chamomile Night Cream, £12 here
Great results at an affordable price point – testers loved the calming, soothing chamomile in this cruelty-free cream.
Tester says: “I’m usually a poor sleeper, and I don’t know if it’s coincidence or the effects of the chamomile but I had a much better quality sleep, falling asleep quicker and waking less. This product feels really light at first but after applying it to the skin it feels more enriched and luxurious. My laughter lines have softened and my skin does look fresher and less dull.”
HIGHLYCOMMENDED: Super Facialist Hexapeptide 9 Anti-Ageing Advanced Rejuvenating Night Cream, £25 here
Even testers with problem skin loved the softening and smoothing effects of this nourishing cream.
Tester says: “I have rosacea and it has been so good for my skin, no flare ups at all. My skin is impressively regenerated and feels so much more hydrated. This was a really excellent cream.”
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