Contrary to popular belief, "Get your beauty sleep!” isn’t just some nugget that your Grandma used to say to annoy you; the healing and restorative potential of catching the sufficient portion of 'Z's per night is no old wives’ tale...

Coupled with the barrage of daily pollutants that are part and parcel of city living, skimping on sleep is the fast-track to a lacklustre and imbalanced complexion… And nobody wants that!

Hitting the hay has earned its reputation for a reason – so, to bolster your window of rejuvenation, we’ve rounded up five skincare saviours that work hard while you’re miles away in the Land of Nod...

Votary – Pillow Spray Lavender and Chamomile
If, like us, you struggle to drift off (even when you’re tucked up and on your Nth round of counting sheep), an unwinding bedtime ritual that relaxes both the mind and body is what the doctor ordered. To alleviate any leftover stress from the day’s activities, Votary’s fusion of French lavender, English rose and chamomile is enough to induce a peaceful slumber at the very thought of it; spritz liberally onto your pillow before bedtime, and you’ll be out for the count as quick as a wink.

This Works – Evening Detox Cleansing Water
Cleansing is akin to a daily detox – washing away the build-up of collected dirt, and paving the way for the benefits of all products that follow. Step forward This Works’ micellar cleansing water that removes grime and decongests pores with anti-allergenic liquorice root, refreshes and revitalises with sweet almond oil and aloe vera, and simultaneously boosts hydration and strengthens the skin’s resilience to toxic exposure with Vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid. Pinch yourself: you’re not dreaming!

Dr. Jackson’s – 02 Night Skin Cream
Any beauty aficionado worth their salt will tell you that prepping and pampering the skin before bedtime is a daily essential. Faced with a good eight hours in front of you (in an ideal world, that is!), bedtime is the moment to get the most out of your skincare routine. Comprising soothing and plumping botanics such as baobab seed oil, mango seed butter, kigelia fruit extract and frankincense, the 02 Night Skin Cream by Dr Jackson’s (already a favourite brand of ours) is a decadent recipe for complexions that err on the side of 'tired'. Bonus points go to its olfactory notes that incite a feeling of calm before you crash.

Sunday Riley – Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Created off the back of the latest in retinoid oil research, Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil is at the top of its game. The treatment combats damaged elasticity and irons out fine lines once and for all thanks to a combination of cold-pressed avocado, chia and grape seed oil. The best part is that it works for all skin types – and couldn’t be more fuss-free!

Ren – Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial
Risin’ and shinin’ has never been more achievable than with Ren’s Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial that promises to brighten and tighten with a powerful three-step treatment... AHA lactic and glycolic acids exfoliate and promote natural cell rejuvenation in phase one; glycogen, magnesium and omega oils energise in phase two, and sodium lactate raises the skin’s pH to its optimal level in phase three. Sleep tight(ened)!