Night time is a critical time when it comes to improving skin health. Elevated body temperature, increased cell turnover, and hormonal changes that boost blood flow all work together to repair the skin while sleeping. While these changes naturally occur in the body, certain skincare products can be more effective when used in conjunction with the processes that occur during sleep. There are a few healthy habits that can be implemented into a bedtime routine (And you wonder why Sleeping Beauty looks so good) to assist the natural skin repair process.
Apply a Moisturizer
Due to a higher body temperature, the body loses moisture throughout the night while sleeping. This can cause skin to feel dry and as if it has aged the next morning. To combat this feeling, apply moisturizer liberally all over the body. Moisturizers that combine moisture agents with exfoliating acids offer the benefits of replenishing the skin’s moisture content while gently removing dead skin cells, leaving the skin smoother and better enabling moisturizers to penetrate deeper levels of the skin.
Cleanse Skin Nightly
When using nighttime anti-aging or skin repair products, having clean skin before applying the product enables the cream to penetrate deeper layers of the skin. Cleansing also eliminates leftover makeup, dirt, and bacteria that can cause irritation and cause breakouts. Leaving makeup on the skin overnight particularly impeded cell renewal. This can make the skin appear older because the cells that are left in tact are indeed older than they otherwise would be due to the slower turnover rate. Leaving dirt and residue on the face also eliminates the opportunity to take advantage of the increased blood flow and other processes the body experiences while sleeping for the purpose of improving skin on its own.
Using a gentle cleanser before bed can lift away dirt, makeup, and environmental debris that settles during the day. This can help pores remain tight and the skin remain smooth and free of breakouts. People should also combine nighttime cleansing with products that target their individual conditions. For example, a person with extra dry skin should definitely not skip out on a strong skincare routine by adding a moisturizer while acne prone skin should be treated with a product that minimizes the clogging of pores. Whether you are a male or female (guys, you can’t ignore cleaning your face – even when you’re playing GTA-V or clashing kingdoms in Clash Royale), you need to develop discipline to maintain even a decent “look”.
Use a Retinoid
Retinoids are derived from Vitamin A and are among the most recommended topical agents. These products help skin retain a youthful appearance; however, they are less effective when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, retinoids should be applied at bedtime for best results. Benefits of using these products include faster cell turnover and increased collagen production, which can help smooth fine lines and wrinkles and eliminate brown spots. Retinods should be used every other night at first to acclimate the skin and minimize side effects. Formulas that combine retinol with niacin are recommended.
Skincare is not limited to cleansing, moisturizing, and applying a sunblock during the day. Nighttime habits can also impact the health and appearance of the skin. Mechanisms that naturally take place in the body while sleeping at night present an opportune time to boost skin health overnight. By working with these mechanisms it is possible to not only maintain beautiful, clear, healthy skin, but to work in conjunction with these bodily processes to see drastic improvement in skin that may have issues.
On its own, the body has a remarkable self-regulating method of improving the health of its skin. While people who do not have problems with their skin may not age quickly or see a rapid decline in the health of their skin by not implementing a nighttime routine, not forming habits that support healthy skin translates to missed opportunities that the body provides to improve the condition of the skin and keep it at its best.