Boost Your Night Regimen
It’s no secret that following a skin care regimen can be the key to great skin, but did you know you can enhance your overall results by using different products at night?
When you sleep, your skin regenerates cells (up to 2X faster than during the day) and repairs the oxidative damage from UV rays, pollution and stress that occurred during the day. Even if we do our best to protect ourselves with antioxidants and sunscreen every morning, some damage still occurs. This is why we need to tailor our nighttime regimen to compliment the way our skin functions at night. Think of a nighttime regimen as your reparative regimen. (For day, it would be a preventative or protective regimen.) This is the time to apply more concentrated products that address specific concerns such as hyperpigmentation, lines and wrinkles, or acne. These products will enhance and work with the natural reparative processes of your skin. Active ingredients are used much more efficiently by your skin while it is in regenerative cycle.
Keep it clean
Just like your morning regimen the first step is to cleanse. At night, it is especially important to remove all traces of make up so that your treatment products can absorb easily. Use a makeup remover before cleansing if you find that make up is still on your cotton round after toning. Then choose the reparative treatment products based on the concerns you need to address.
Following are some reparative ingredients you may want to include in your nighttime regimen. Please note that it is essential to apply sunscreen in the morning when using any of these efficacious ingredients.
Helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and evens skin tone by increasing cell renewal and encouraging collagen production.
Used for exfoliation, they allow the skin to shed the very top layer revealing younger, healthier looking skin. Regular exfoliation can also help to keep pores clear and minimize breakouts.
NOTE: Do not use retinol and hydroxy acids at the same time. If you’d like to include both in your skin care regimen, use hydroxy acids during the day and retinol at night.
Can improve the look of lines and wrinkles by signaling the skin to produce more collagen or the muscles to relax a bit so expression lines aren’t as noticeable.
Brighteners (kojic acid, licorice, hydroquinone, etc)
These help to lighten existing hyperpigmentation and break the cycle of your skin over-producing pigment that can be a result of too much sun exposure, acne, injury or even a hormonal response.
NOTE: If using hydroquinone, you must take a break after 3 months of using the product.
Benzoyl peroxide or Sulfur
Kills acne bacteria and is great as spot treatments for the occasional pimple or hormonal breakout.
Apply a moisturizer and eye cream after your treatment products have absorbed. Consider using hydrating serum under your moisturizer or a richer moisturizer than you would for day time if you are prone to dry or dehydrated skin. This can help prevent trans-epidermal water loss, which is when water passes through the top layers of the skin and evaporates.
Sleep on it
Lastly, the most important part of your nighttime regimen is to get enough quality sleep so that your skin can undergo the necessary repair functions. Combine this with the rest of your regimen and you’ll wake up to glowing, healthy looking skin.