As we’ve discussed on Peaceful Dumpling before, it’s vital to give your skin a little love before going to bed. The basic foundations of any proper nightly skin routine are cleansing skin of makeup, grime, and pollution, followed by moisturizing skin to prevent skin from getting dehydrated overnight. These essential steps allow skin to maximize its chance to renew and repair cells—meaning that you wake up with healthier, well-rested skin. If you’re looking to see more dramatic change in your skin, however, there are certainly ways to bolster your nightly routine. (In fact, the same is true for your hair!)
So when I have a little extra time in the evening, I enjoy layering a few extra beauty products on my skin. The ritual feels wonderful and helps me feel relaxed and ready for a long night’s rest. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to wake up with happy skin and soft hair. If you also like your beauty products to work while you dream, check out these vegan and cruelty-free products that will help you wake up with major Sleeping Beauty glow.
10 Best Vegan & Cruelty-Free Overnight Beauty Products
This cult-favorite cream mask is ultra hydrating and packs in a host of ceramides, vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory ingredients for calmer, less-puffy, less irritated skin. Key ingredients include vitamin C, sodium hyaluronate (a powerful hydrating ingredient), vitamin E, and the amino acid arginine.
One of PD EIC Juhea’s favorite nighttime indulgences, this hydrating cream-gel formula revitalizes, repairs, and brightens with Omega 3, 6, and 9s and a slew of antioxidants. It’s super effective, botanical, and Swiss-made, and suitable for sensitive skin. (Get 15% off with code Peacefuldumpling15).
Laced with a trans-retinoic acid ester, this luxe facial oil provides skin with the benefits of retinoids without the irritation that often accompanies traditional retinol. Blue tansy and German chamomile give this oil a calming scent (and gorgeous blue hue) while combating inflammation.
Silk and satin pillowcases are less likely to leave creases on skin (heads-up, side sleepers!), and they’re far gentler on hair; less friction = less damage over time. Plus, this affordable investment instantly makes your bed seem fit for a princess.
Don’t forget your lips! Gently exfoliate lips with a sugar scrub or clean toothbrush, and follow with a generous layer of lip balm. This little ritual will boost circulation, slough off dead skin cells, encourage skin cell turnover, and leave lips feeling moisturized and soft.
A quick pat of under-eye cream provides extra moisture to the delicate area under your eye while also delivering skin-soothing antioxidants. This beautifying formula includes green tea and coffee extract to de-puff eyes while brightening dark circles. Layer under your facail moisturizer/oil.
If you’re prone to an oily scalp, try this trick: massage dry shampoo into your roots, especially the areas that tend to show oil first (like the area above the ears). Secure hair in a loose hair tie or scrunch, and hit the hay. You’ll wake up with gorgeous volume and clean-looking hair!
You can also give your hair an overnight boost by spraying the ends, which tend to be drier and show more damage, with a leave-in conditioner. This option from Carol’s Daughter is a good buy for your buck, so you won’t feel bad amount spraying your hair generously and using it daily.
Perfect for your face—as well as your décolleté and neck—this rich, marula oil-infused cream delivers serious hydration without feeling heavy or greasy, making it a great choice for all skin types (don’t forget that acne-prone skin needs moisturizer, too!).
Hyaluronic acid may sound like an astringent ingredient, but it’s actually something that naturally occurs in skin, keeping it supple and well-hydrated. When your skin feels dehydrated, a hyaluronic acid serum is a wonderful choice to layer under a no-nonsense moisturizer (see above).
Shea butter is one of my desert island staples because it’s such a good moisturizer and it’s non-comedogenic. In a pinch, I’ve slathered my entire face for an impromptu leave-on mask. It’s also great for lips and hands—especially cuticles. So give yourself a loving hand (and foot!) massage with shea butter to help you relax before bed.
What are your favorite pre-bed overnight beauty products?
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