• Good Night, Great Skin

    You may not realize this, but your body undergoes many changes while you’re deep into slumber. Although our minds may no longer be racing, our bodies continuously grow, change and renew during this ‘rest’ period. Our skin, being a dynamic organ, also behaves differently at night than it does during the day. Think about your typical day. Your skin is exposed to much stress- both internally from your emotions and lifestyle habits, and externally from the environment and the elements. Nighttime is the prime time for your skin to catch up and repair any damage brought about by these stressors. It is at this time, while you float along into dreamland, that the skin repairs itself. It is also warmer, loses more water and has a slightly more acidic pH. So taking care of your skin at night is just as important as protecting it during the day. But how can we accomplish this?

    Add More Beauty to Your Beauty Sleep
    Much like the skin, certain ingredients also behave differently at night. Some, like Retinol, are degraded with UV radiation, making it excellent for nighttime application. Sophisticated ingredient technology has allowed us to utilize the skin’s diurnal – that is day to night – cycles to maximize ingredient efficacy. At this time, you want to look for super concentrated doses of nourishing, reparative and conditioning agents. Serums pack a punch of highly concentrated ingredients and are a great way to effect change in a skin that is ready for nightly repair. At night, we are free from the protective films of make-up and sunscreen, so applying serums is a great way to ensure that the active ingredients penetrate effectively to address skin issues. Some essential oils are also a great way to nourish the skin at night. Argan Oil is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and essential fatty acids, which can all reinforce the barrier lipid layer. In fact, it has been used for centuries as a skin and hair hydrator. Another great lipid enhancer is Sunflower Seed Oil, for its ceramide content. Rosehip Seed Oil has natural retinoids that help reduce the appearance of aging skin. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is also more stable when used at night due to photo-degradation. Some oils, like Rosemary and Cinnamon Leaf Oils can even provide antimicrobial properties, making a blend of all these different essential oils both protective and reparative.

    Using antioxidants and serums at night will give you more bang for your buck. Of course, you may also want to try sleeping on your back, drinking water before bedtime and starting your skin care routine after a shower, when your skin is still moist and clean. And of course…sleep more!

    1 Comment

    • Dolly Says:

      I went to school for skin care at Ins. of skin science and also Empire. I have training in Dermalogica but due to an injury I have not kept myself updated. I love Dermalogicas products.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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