Night time is the best time to repair, rejuvenate, and condition the skin. That’s because research has shown that certain physiological changes that happen at night may enhance the effectiveness of some creams, serums and lotions. Specifically, there is evidence that our skin can tell the difference between day and night and that it uses the night time to replenish dead skin cells, repair DNA and detoxify itself.
At night, blood flow in the skin increases. When that happens the surface area of absorption increases and so it stands to reason that beneficial active ingredients like peptides are effectively absorbed and remain active after penetration.
That said, let’s assume you want to help your skin take advantage of the night’ cell renewal cycle. Here are some ways you can do that:
Want a Clearer Complexion? Use an oil-free cleanser to wash the face and remove all traces of makeup and surface oils (which can cause breakouts if left on the skin). Next, use gentle exfoliation to remove all dead skin cells that can clog pores – try something like Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid acne treatment pads. Then control and treat breakouts. Dab a little spot treatment containing benzoyl peroxide for the most effective way to shorten the life of a pimple. If you have chronic acne, your Dermatologist may prescribe a retinoid which not only exfoliates the skin, it clears skin faster than OTC treatments.
Want Fewer Wrinkles? After cleansing the skin and removing all makeup, use an anti-aging serum or cream that contains peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines, or a retinoid which will work on deeper lines and wrinkles. Dot the treatment around the eyes and mouth (plus on any lines and wrinkles you want to treat). Nightly use of these anti-aging products will help reverse signs of damaged skin from UV rays, environmental exposure, or from sleep wrinkles.
Want to Calm Irritated Skin? Skin irritation, redness or puffiness could come from allergies, too many late nights, or not enough sleep. It’s a fact that just one night of sleep deprivation will impair the skin’s barrier function, making it more susceptible to irritation. Calm tired, irritated skin with a gel that contains moisture-restoring glycerin like Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream. This ultra lightweight, oil free, refreshing formula instantly penetrates for long-lasting moisture and boosts skin’s natural defenses so that it can hold moisture for 24 hours. Gently dab the product onto the skin (do not rub) and let the night time do its work.
DID YOU KNOW?
The key to a good night’s sleep is to keep to room temperature at a constant 65 degrees – the ideal temperature for a night of refreshing sleep.
Want Softer Skin? Artificial environments like indoor heating and cooling, rob the skin of its moisture and before you know it, your skin is dry. That’s because dry environments can cause skin cells to shed too rapidly, leading to flaky, rough skin. After cleansing, apply a product containing hyaluronic acid like Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask to damp skin to trap moisture, seal the skin’s outer layer, and prevent hydration.
Want Pretty Hands? Don’t forget to treat your hands at night – it’s an ideal time to use an intensely hydrating, non-greasy cream that will stay on for hours without washing off. Don’t forget your cuticles. Apply an oil (even olive oil will do) to the cuticles and cover the hands with cotton gloves to hold in the moisture. Find out what else you can do to Age Proof Your Hands.