10 Skincare Products that will Help You Fake A Good Night's Sleep (without, the wait)

We’ve all been there: You've stayed up way too late working, partying, binge-watching — basically, anything other than sleeping — only to wake with a face that looks the exact opposite of fresh. When life gets in the way of solid snooze time, the first place it shows is on your dial for everybody to see and, sadly, judge.

There's nothing we hate more than the faux-concerned "you look tired," which everyone seems to feel the need to tell us as we go about our day. Thankfully, our lack of shut-eye doesn't have to be everybody else's business. The beauty products ahead were made for long night-early morning syndrome: They’ll pull a genie-in-a-bottle makeover on seriously tired skin.

Keep clicking for the best "sleep in a bottle" beauty products, which will make you look well-rested — even if you're yawning on the inside. These fast-working skincare products all help to boost skin radiance without the usual 28 day wait. 

#1. Skin Brightening Mask: Skin Inc Pure Snow White Mask
There's no problem a good mask can't solve...or at least help. Even if it's just temporary relief, this intensive treatment can soothe a variety of skin and hair woes. This revolutionary formula from Japan assists in gradually lightening the skin by purging skin-darkening melanin and preventing further pigmentation. Suitable for oily and acne prone skin, the mask works to visibly reduce pore size, moisturize, smooth and brighten skin in just 10 minutes.

$178 SGD, available at Sephora.sg and all SkinInc Boutiques 


#2. Color Correcting Sunscreen: Diorsnow Brightening Makeup Base Colour Correction
Dior's got one more card up its arsenal and it's the Diorsnow Brightening Makeup Base Colour Correction — the shield that goes on as the last step of your skincare to supplement the powerful whitening action kick-started by the Diorsnow Bloom Perfect. These tailor made colour-correcting bases contain skin-perfecting crystalline pigments to unify the complexion for that lit-from-within glow. Go for pink if your problem is lacklustre skin as it instantly gives a soft, rosy glow. The beige counteracts and reduces redness, while the blue combats sallow tones for clarity. Further boosted with SPF 35/PA+++, the Diorsnow range seals the goodness in and keeps the external aggressions out. Your desired luminous transparency is within reach, and it'll certainly get all and sundry atwitter at your newfound glow.

$84 SGD each, available at Dior counters

#3. Illuminating Serum: SK-II Genoptics Aura Essence
This tackles melanin and age spots that have not yet appeared. Containing a powerful infusion of prunus extract and SK-II's proprietary Pitera in the former and Lumina Kelp extract in the latter to restore the loss of radiance, these breakthrough scientific formulas work in tandem to repair sunburn damage and melanin formation. these serums are also saturated with active ingredients for whitening such as D-melano P3C and Inositol that increase cell clarity while inhibiting the production of melanin and enhancing your skin's spot reduction capability. A panel study has provenits effectiveness within eight weeks of continuous use in diminishing dull and dark tones. So that lit-from-within glow you've always thought of as a myth (or maybe clever makeup)? It's now a very real possibility with SK-II. Go for your #auragoals, ladies.

$199 - $299 SGD, available in 30ml and 50ml at all SK-II counters

Before the dawn of at-home peels, women used to pop into their aesthetic doctor's office for AHA peels to freshen up their complexion. Peels offer immediate gratification of clearer, smoother, younger-looking skin, and usually comes without any downtime (if administered properly), save for slight redness. And don't forget your sunscreen to protect the renewed skin. The best part about peels is that there's no pulling, scrubbing or rubbing involved. Just apply the product onto the skin and wait for the stipulated amount of time before wiping or washing it off, and voilà, baby soft, smooth and flawless skin in a snap. 

Enzymes of this superfruit offer turbo-charged exfoliation for clogged complexions. Bursting with powerful antioxidants to quench dull, ageing skin, this enzyme treatment can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, pore size, improve texture and tone, and treat breakouts when used weekly, leaving skin positively radiant. This is a great product which really helped to declog my skin.

$69.55 SGD, available at Sloaneshop.com

#5. Antioxidant Moisturizer: Sloane Inc Miracle Lift S9.6
Fitting in niacinamide into your brightening cocktail adds a final roadblock to spot formation and a path to fairer, bouncier skin. Enriched with both niacinamide and collagen-boosting peptides, the award-winning Sloane Inc. Miracle Lift is a multi-action moisturizer that rebalances skin’s ideal colour tone by diminishing the appearance of uneven pigmentation, yellow sallowness and blotchy redness that commonly come with skin ageing, while enhancing skin’s moisture retention, smoothness and elasticity for better light reflection and an alluring lustre.

$214 SGD, available at Sloaneshop.com

#6. Illuminating Moisturizer: M.A.C Strobe Cream
In any normal “I just slept so great last night” day, your regular moisturizer will do here just fine. But, this isn’t a normal day. This is a day when you need a little extra pep in your skin prep, so look for products that contain ingredients like caffeine and green tea. These work magic on your body, and they can do wonders at kicking your face skin into gear, too. M.A.C Strobe Cream is the ultimate quick fix for the skin. This dream creas brighten and clarify lacklustre complexions and give dull or tired skin a wake-up call with a boost of antioxidants, including green tea and gingko leaf respectively.


$33 USD, available at all M.A.C Counters

#7. Eye Fatigue Fighter: Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask
Nothing gives instant gratification as quickly as a superhero mask. Tatcha's new undereye mask targeting hydration and fatigue works wonders on tired, puffy eyes. The peony-infused mask has a coconut-based bio-cellulose layer, which is used to repair the skin on burn victims — so, expect serious hydration and instant results. The restorative treatment also features Okinawa red algae and camellia — ingredients that nourish, moisturize, and plump the skin. 

The eye masks just debuted online and are already sold out. So, word to the wise: If you see them in store, snap them up. Otherwise, keep clicking back to the Tatcha website for when they get a restock.

$95 USD for 10, available at Tatcha.

#8. Luxe Oil: La Mer The Renewal Oil
This beauty elixir comes with a hefty price tag, but if you can make the splurge, La Mer's new facial oil is worth it. The satiny texture transforms tired and stressed skin into glowing perfection, INSTANTLY. Over time, lines and wrinkles are softend, skin is plumped up and lifted and the skin's barrier becomes more resilient and less prone to dehydration. So many uses and benefits in one luxe bottle? We smell a cult favourite.

$370 SGD, available at all La Mer counters

#9. Depuffing Eye Cream: Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream
They call it the Berocca of beauty and they're not wrong - one swipe of this brand new, lightweight cream and eyes feel and look instantly refreshed. The oil-free formula contains seven peptides (ie collagen-boosters) to plump up the skin while countering dark circles. Great for an instant perk me up!

$40 AUD, available at Clinique.com.au

#10. Exfoliating Toner: Pixi Glow Tonic
Glow Tonic exfoliates, soothes, and hydrates skin through a mix of glycolic acid, ginseng, aloe vera, and witch hazel. And because it's alcohol-free, it won't strip your skin of much-needed moisture. After using it, we immediately saw an improvement in our acne and acne scars, pore size, and overall glow. Let's just say that U.K. cult status was definitely earned.

$21.80 SGD, available at Target.com




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