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7 best night creams and serums that give a whole new meaning to beauty sleep

Magical things happen when you sleep, and we’re not talking about that raunchy dream.

Sleep re-energizes the body’s cells, clears waste from the brain, and supports memory and learning. Science has also shown that you can sleep your skin younger, so if you were looking for an age-defying miracle, a good night’s rest — with these night creams and serums — might just be your solution.

Cellular proliferation reaches its peak at night, when renewal is 30 times more active than during the day. The skin works silently when we sleep, transforming itself so that it can look refreshed and new in the morning. However, external aggressors such as pollution or temperature changes and internal aggressors (stress, anyone?) can saturate the activity of the skin’s nerve fibers, slowing this renewal process down. When this nighttime renewal is less effective, the signs of aging appear more quickly.

There’s nothing more indulgent than a 10-step beauty routine before you sleep, but not everyone has the time and money to slather on cream after cream. To make the most of your bedtime, these night creams and serums provide intense hydration with concentrated ingredients that boost the renewal process overnight, so you wake up looking and feeling like a million bucks.

Additional text by Azimin Saini.

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Chanel Le Lift Creme de Nuit

Created specially to optimise the skin’s natural nighttime renewal process, this Chanel cream blends natural-origin active ingredients like botanical alfalfa extract from France with its new Neuractive Night complex for maximum efficacy. The extract is rich in minerals, vitamins, and amino acids and stimulates collagen production in the skin, while the night complex combines Silver Needle tea and a marine-origin active ingredient to soothe and strengthen the skin. We promise you’ll wake up to smoother, firmer, and more refreshed skin in the morning.

Available at all CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty boutiques and counters from 4 September.


This non-comedogenic, hydrating formula is infused with hyaluronic acid, skin-loving ceramides, and a soothing lavender scent that makes for the perfect last step in your skincare routine. With its Rest & Restore Technology, the cream visibly improves signs of aging skin — think fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, and loss of firmness. The uniquely textured formula cream also prevents transfer on pillows, so you won’t get greasy stains the next morning.


This drugstore favourite has become many a dermatologist’s recommendation for its ability to deliver comparable results despite not costing an arm. Packed with essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid for hydration, as well as skin-brightening niacinamide that also softens fine lines, the nighttime moisturiser is a heavy-duty rescue for your skin. The non-greasy, non-comedogenic formula is also incredibly gentle on sensitive skin. 


Now in its fifth iteration, the brand’s new Advanced Night Repair serum incorporates the Chronolux Power Signal Technology to not only repair the look of lines faster, but also speed up the natural renewal of fresh cells and production of collagen — all while you snooze. The exclusive technology also includes a new micro-signalling molecule activator that’s powered by a proprietary blend of yeast extract, a peptide, and other plant-derived ingredients, leaving skin plump with a new bounce when you wake up.

Available at all Estée Lauder boutiques islandwide, Lazada, and Sephora.


If you’re interested in dipping your toes into the world of retinols, this rich formula is fortified with liposome encapsulated retinol, a stabilised form of vitamin A that reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots without irritation. Meanwhile, wild indigo seed extract is known to put the brakes on cortisol production (when the skin is exposed to stressors like pollution and sleep deprivation) so expect to have your skin in tip-top shape when you wake up. This powerhouse also packs squalane, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera for plenty of hydration.


Inside this iconic little blue bottle lies a rich concoction of everything your face could possibly need to make it through the night. Essential oils from lavender and evening primrose soothes and calms the skin, while squalane boosts moisture and restores bounce. We’re cheating a little here because this is an oil, but it still has a dry finish that doesn’t feel greasy. Besides, applying oil on your face has been proven to trick your sebum glands into being less enthusiastic, so you might just have less breakouts and clogged pores over time.


It took four years and a pandemic for Australian skincare brand Aesop to research and develop this little bottle of goodness. The result? A lightweight gel cream that offers sustained hydration as you sleep. This is not just your regular moisturiser here mind you but an overnight mask that harnesses the firepower of vitamins B, C, E and F as well as Sodium Carrageenan and Saccharide Isomerate. A look at its list of ingredients also shows squalane and niacinamide. These work in tandem to revitalise the skin, leaving it smooth and supple the next morning.

Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.