8 Night Creams That Will Have You Looking Fresh Faced Come Morning

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When I asked on Facebook if there were any women who don't sleep very well and rely on a night cream to help their skin, I've never had such a quick response. When it came to why they didn't sleep, I had answers that ranged from problems with anxiety to not being able to switch off, as well as women who had newborns, are pregnant and also someone with an autoimmune disease. What I'm saying is that, despite it being a small sample, not being able to sleep is a very common problem.

There's been plenty of research that's revealed how little we're all sleeping right now. Matt Walker, a professorn of neuroscience at UC Berkeley says that over the course of 70 years, we're now getting 20% less sleep than ever before. In the 1940s, we used to get just over eight hours a night; now we're getting 6.7 to 6.8 hours. Obviously it's best to try to get a better night's sleep and do all we can to help that happen (no caffeine after 4 p.m., limit technology use and less alcohol, you know the drill), but if that doesn't happen we still want to look rested.

So how do we fake it? Those night creams, of course. From oil-based ones to lotions that were therapeutic, here are the best night creams that will leave you fresh-faced from women who know.

Best night cream: Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream
Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream $60

This user said that they don't sleep very well because they have an overactive brain; the essential oils in the cream help to soothe skin but also the mind. 

Best night cream: Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream
Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream $69

This Facebook friend told me that she has an autoimmune disease, which means she suffers from insomnia at various times throughout the year. This keeps her from looking too tired.

Best night cream: Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream
Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream $58

If you have a job that requires you to be "on" all the time (particularly those who work in comms or digital media), then perhaps this one is for you. This diminishes fine lines and leaves skin radiant.

Best night cream: Skinceuticals Eye Balm
Skinceuticals Eye Balm $82

For many, anxiety is a big reason why they're unable to sleep. Someone who struggles with this problem revealed to me that they swear by this product at night to prevent their eyes from looking tired come morning.

now solutions sweet almond oil
Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil $8

Just given birth (and don't have a nut allergy)? One new mom told me she uses almond oil under her eyes to stop the dark circles

ole henriksen goodnight glow night cream
Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème $55

Be honest, have you ever worked in bed? If so, then maybe you need a good excuse to switch off, such as indulging in this workaholic-recommended cream.

Best night cream: Argan Oil Pure Argan Oil for Hair, Skin & Face by Poppy Austin
Poppy Austin Pure Argan Oil $22

A pregnant friend also revealed that she's struggling to sleep. She mixes the super-nourishing argan oil with a cold cream for her face at night.

Best night cream: Guerlain Midnight Secret
Guerlain Midnight Secret Late Night Recovery Treatment $30

This was recommended twice by people on my Facebook call-out, once by someone who had insomnia and another by someone who was partying a lot.

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