Get your beauty sleep with the overnight facial

This DIY facial will have you glowing by morning. How does it work? By capitalizing on a biological fact—that your skin repairs itself at night.

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Turbo charge your beauty sleep with this two-step over-night facial. It capitalizes on a biological fact—your skin, like the rest of your body, renews itself while you sleep.

The first step takes place before you go to bed, and step two takes place the next morning. Consider it the express train of DIY skin-care treatments, and you scored the sleeping car.

Here’s how it works:

P.M. Apply the fruit acid peel

1. Before bed apply a fruit enzyme peel. Leave it on for about five minutes and wash off. Then apply a facial oil, serum, or night moisturizer that’s suited to your skin type and hit the hay.

Why: Exfoliating at night to rejuvenate the skin is super important because this is when your skin repairs itself, explains Jillian Wright, the facialist-founder of Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa. A gentle fruit acid peel (or a chemical exfoliant) dissolves the glue that bonds the skin cells together. “Removing dead skin makes room for new healthy skin cell production,” she says.

Natural peels to try:

Ren F10 Enzymatic Smooth Radiance Facial Mask ($37)
Rhonda Allison Cherry Jubilee Enzyme Mask ($50 at Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa)
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($55)
Suki Spa Renewal Bio-Resurfacing Facial Peel ($74.95)

removing face scrub
A.M. Wash with a gentle scrub

2. In the morning, use a gentle face scrub to slough any remaining dead cells. No elbow grease or pressure required. Then apply your usual moisturizer and SPF and you’re done.

Why: A scrub whisks away dead cells that the peel has loosened (and takes a few blackheads with it). Just choose a scrub that doesn’t use plastic beads.

Natural scrubs to try:

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub ($14.99)
Primavera Revitalizing Facial Scrub ($28)
Arcona Cranberry Gommage ($42)
Amala Hydrating Face Polish ($48)

The sum total of your two-step over-night facial? You’ve just boosted your skin’s natural cellular renewal process, a 28-day process that slows with age, say dermatologists. And this helps keeps skin clear, bright, hydrated, and healthy looking. —Melisse Gelula

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