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  • Does Our Skin Have Different Needs From Day to Night?

    Annet KingThe answer is quite simply yes! Our skin is a dynamic organ that reflects our inner health but also changes with the seasons and environment, and it fluctuates from day to night. It’s not only you that has to work during the day, your skin has a long list of job responsibilities, too!

    Having trouble explaining this to your clients? Use the below tips to better help them understand.

    Skin During the Day
    Your skin excretes the most sebum at mid-day, which coincides with the least amount of Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL.) It is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays, environmental pollution, smoke, poor diet, caffeine, make up and extreme temperature changes. It subsequently is harder at work and more stressed during the day, fighting Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS – free radicals) and capturing chemical invaders, shielding from UV rays and producing more lipids to adjust to changing temperatures and humidity levels.

    Skin at Night
    Your skin excretes less sebum, loses more water and is hotter and more acidic at night. It is likely to be drier and perhaps more vulnerable to irritation as well, which may explain why some people complain of “nighttime itch” or “flare-ups” of inflammatory skin conditions at night. Skin also repairs itself more, and cell renewal is enhanced in the evening.

    AM Tips:
    Daytime exposure is similar to sending skin into battle. Prep it with an arsenal of antioxidants and cell energizers to neutralize free radicals. Always protect from UV rays and mop up excess oil production mid-day.

    PM Tips:
    Make sure you start by deeply cleansing your skin at night to remove deep down dirt, long-lasting makeup and sunscreens. Repair damage and stimulate cell renewal while replenishing lost lipids with a powerful cocktail of peptides, Retinol and botanicals.

    Number One Tip: Don’t Forget to Catch Some Zzzzzs!
    The body uses sleep time for internal housekeeping – processing nutrients, detoxifying, renewing and recharging. If your body is chronically starved for sleep, the effects will eventually become visibly and physically noticeable!

    1 Comment

    • Masree Says:

      Hi Jocelyn!Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of the Shu Uemura cleansing oils as they conitan mineral oils. Those oils can leave a film on the skin which can lead to blocked pores and breakouts. Personally I prefer cleansers based on plant oils which I’m a huge fan of! If you remove them with a damp muslin cloth they shouldn’t leave any residue on the skin and leave your face feeling lovely and soft. Not every face wash will be as effective in removing make up as creamy or oily cleansers. Most of the face washes are oil free and may struggle to remove heavy, waterproof or oil-free make up. That means foundation marks on the pillow in the morning! However you could always use a rich cleanser to remove your make up, then (depending on your skin type) cleanse again using a super gentle face wash. I’m glad that gentle cleansing is your favourite beauty ritual, your skin will love you for it!

      July 24, 2012 at 1:29 am

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