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The term beauty sleep may mean far more than you ever thought. If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter, you know what skipping sleep can do to your face – puffy eyes, dry skin and a dull complexion. While you are asleep, your skin is hard at work repairing itself. The temperature of your skin is higher at night, which helps your skin treatments, serums and creams penetrate the skin better. Additionally, blood flow to your skin increases which helps to brighten your complexion when you wake. The following tips will help your skin repair itself overnight for beautiful, radiant skin.
Cleansing your skin is the first step in any skin care routine, but once you’ve completed this step, exfoliation is important to repair your skin overnight. Your skin has a process of natural exfoliation, but this process slows significantly as you age. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface layer of your skin, which clears the way for the other ingredients in your skin care routine to penetrate more deeply. When you really want to repair your skin overnight, exfoliation can help the active ingredients in the products you choose work more effectively.
Retinol, or vitamin A, is one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients that you can use in your skin care routine, but these ingredients are only for use during the nighttime. Retinoids should only be used as a part of your nighttime skin care routine, “…because exposure to sunlight can deactivate their potency…” says Patricia Farris, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine. The reason that you want to make a retinol product part of your nighttime skin care routine is that it is a cell-communicating ingredient that essentially tells your skin cells to act younger, lessening the appearance of wrinkles and helping to reverse photodamage to your skin. Retinol products can be used in conjunction with chemical exfoliants, but you may need either adjust the frequency of application or alternate using these types of products.
The increase in your skin’s temperature is good for helping skin care ingredients penetrate into deeper layers of skin, but it also causes you to sweat which means that your skin does lose moisture overnight. Nighttime is the perfect time to use a thick, protective moisturizer to add hydration. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin are perfect for use at nighttime because they suck moisture out of the air and hold it in deep layers of your skin. Once a week, sleep with a hydrating face mask or sleeping pack to seriously inject some moisture into your skin.
Getting enough sleep is important to your physical and emotional health, in addition to being a critical part of your healthy skin. Aim to get between seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to give your body and skin time to really rest and recuperate. Help your skin repair itself overnight by using these tips before you hit the sheets.