Moonlit Skincare is a new brand, dreamed up from the minds of two roommates who had a great idea. They came up with a plan to make a skincare company focused on night-time skincare products that would not only enhance your skin, but also help you to get a good night’s sleep. They also wanted to only use products that are “good” for your skin since they will stay on your face all night long. All of their products are made without sulfates, parabens, fillers, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and mineral oils– and they are vegan and cruelty free. While I don’t think that all of these things are necessarily “bad,” I sure as heck don’t mind a skincare product without them!
Being a chronically sleep-deprived medical student, this whole idea really appealed to me. So, I reached out to Stephanie– one of the founders and the CEO– who generously sent over a bottle of their introductory skincare product, Midnight Shift, as well as one of their silk pillowcases. Let get into the nitty-gritty of Midnight Shift since that’s probably what you guys are here for 😉
What is it?
Midnight Shift is a blended facial oil that’s purpose is to lock in moisture while you sleep and to add radiance to the skin. Lets look at the ingredients:
The oils: A blend of safflower, sunflower, grape seed, olive, and jojoba oils. So the first three oils in the ingredients list (and thus the ones with the highest amount in the product) are very high in Linoleic Acid. Research on oils high in Linoleic acid is suggestive that it is may be anti-inflammatory and can even be acne reducing in those with mild, commedomal type acne. Additionally, oils make great moisturizers.
The extras (or extracts): Lavender, Vitamin E, Ginseng, Aloe Vera, Coffee, Papaya. Lavender has long been associated with relaxation in the aromatherapy world. If you are sensitive to essential oils, this product may not be a great fit for you due to its inclusion of lavender. Vitamin E has been used in skincare for over 50 years for its antiinflammatory and antioxidant effects. Aloe Vera is a very commonly used ingredient to promote wound healing and reduce inflammation. Ginseng extract, which has been a long time staple in “Eastern” medicine and skincare, has been proposed as a brightening agent through its “antimelanogenic” activity. Included in small amounts, plant extracts like Coffee and Papaya likely don’t have major effects, though some claim that they may enhance cell turnover or act as natural antioxidants.
The emulsifiers: Caprilic triglyceride, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 60. Those three ingredients act to keep the oils and other ingredients well blended. They each also add additional skin moisturizing and smoothing properties and allow the oil to be spread easily onto the skin.
How do I use it?
So, the bottle instructions recommend warming a dime-sized amount into your hands, and then massaging it onto your face. This is a fairly thin oil, which is perfect for light facial massage without “gunking up” or feeling heavy. Though not in the directions, I’ve also really enjoyed using this as an additive to other moisturizers and creams. It is a great way to boost the hydration factor of a moisturizer you already have to make it a night cream!
Does it work?
For me, I didn’t see “life-changing” brightening results…but then again, I wouldn’t ever expect that from a facial oil alone! I look to Vitamin C serums, acids, and retinol products to do that job.
However, one of the major causes of skin dullness is dehydration and this is a really elegant hydrator! The oil is quite runny, and sinks in within 20 minutes on my dry skin (instead of just sitting on top of it). Additionally, the scent (from the naturally derived Lavender and other extracts) is divine. I actually look forward to using this before bed — the lavender is very present (especially while massaging it into the skin), however, it is not heavy, overbearing, or headache-inducing in the slightest. I found that the scent lingered for a few minutes before fading to the point where I didn’t notice it– perfect for getting you in the mood to go to sleep.
After a week of using it before bed as a part of my skincare routine, I think my skin is definitely more consistently hydrated and it just has a sort of intangible healthier look to it. I think the results would have been more dramatic had I tried this a few months ago, before I started consistently using facial oils.
Who is this best for?
I think this is best for anyone with dehydrated skin. All skin types (dry, oily, or combination), can have a proclivity to dehydration and dullness. Because you use this at night, there isn’t really a concern about oiliness during the day. Additionally, dehydrated skin will often overproduce oil to compensate for its lack of hydration– so it is possible that oily skin types (if dehydrated) may find that their natural sebum production is more balanced after using a facial oil consistently.
As someone with very dry skin, I prefer to use this as a part of a more moisturizing night-time routine. However, oilier skin types may even be able to use this as their sole evening hydrator.
I would only recommending avoiding this if you are sensitive to essential oils or Lavender since it is present in a significant amount.
How much will it cost me?
So this is where I get really excited. Midnight Shift will run you $34 for 1oz of product. There are lots of facial oils out there and many of them are expensive. Like really expensive. I think Moonlit Skincare did an excellent job formulating an oil that feels luxurious and is in BEAUTIFUL packaging without an insane mark up. To further reduce the cost, they have offered a code to anyone reading this– HALEY15 will get you 15% off your order. I don’t receive commission, and this post isn’t sponsored– they just kindly offered it to you all 🙂
So at this point it is probably obvious that I’m a fan. I am very excited to see how this brand continues to develop. At their price point, and with their packaging and quality, I could see them becoming a “boutique” brand, carried at stores like Anthropologie. I would love to see them come out with an “active” product (maybe an acid or retinoid?) for even more radiance, a night cream, or even an overnight spot treatment!
If you are interested in trying out Midnight Shift (along with a bunch of other goodies from Moonlit), you should check out their Instagram where they are running a giveaway right now! You can purchase their products from the Moonlit Skincare website, and use the code HALEY15 for 15% off your order or FIRST-TIMER for 10% off.