Everything you need to know about your nighttime routine
Sleep plays a crucial role in the health of your skin. Whilst you sleep, your body repairs itself, so not having enough can have a negative impact on your skin. The hormone responsible for accelerating your skin’s repair and regeneration is called HGH and kicks in whilst you’re sleeping. Having enough sleep will help your skin repair itself, preventing skin aging, dark circles and inflammation. 
Other studies also suggest that sleep helps keep your stem cells healthy. Which is significant considering stem cells help your body regenerate new tissues and that includes your skin cells.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults rest for seven to nine hours each night, but the individual should pay attention to how they feel . These hours are crucial for the skin to repair itself and it’s also when your skincare is most likely to have an impact.
Incredibly, your skin actually absorbs around 15% more of what you put on it at night than during the day. Hence our night time routines tend to include more steps or active ingredients, usually the active ingredients in night cream have been specifically chosen to work most effectively in this thicker formula and in conjunction with your skin’s nightly process.
A lack of sleep can have a serious impact on a wide range of things including your hormones, stress levels, and even your eating habits. All things we know can have an effect on our skin too! If you don't get enough sleep, your skin can become quite dry, develop a dehydrated texture and even cause breakouts.
People who don’t get enough quality sleep also show more signs of skin ageing. These signs included fine lines, uneven pigmentation and wrinkles . Further studies found that those who do not get enough sleep reported droopy eyelids, redder eyes, darker under-eye circles, and paler skin .
In our reparative sleep state, skin can be more receptive to certain products. This is because on average our skin temperature gets slightly warmer, making the skin and pores more permeable. Applying night cream can help your skin get the maximum benefits from their active ingredients. Here are some of the benefits:
Hydrating - A night cream will keep your skin hydrated overnight, helping you to wake up looking fresh faced. With a night cream, your skin becomes wonderfully smooth and supple. If you have acne or breakouts, the temptation is to dry out your skin. However, it needs soothing and moisturizing too. Doing this at night is the way to get the best balance.
Soothing - Your face has quite a tough job protecting itself from the sun and other pollutants during the day . A night cream can help to calm and soothe your skin overnight so that any redness or irritation is banished while you sleep. This helps to ensure that, by morning, you have an even skin complexion. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, or commuting in a busy built-up city, your skin will thank you for the TLC in the evening.
Firming - Night creams often include the active ingredients that aid the repairing process, think hyaluronic acid, vitamin A and peptides. If you are looking for a product to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines that are more notable when collagen is depleted, using a night cream to boost your collagen production will help your skin to look plumper and firmer.
In addition, applying night cream with a strong upward motion helps to stimulate blood circulation, helping to eliminate toxins and promote the skin’s natural healing and cleansing process.
Niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and rosehip oil are all common ingredients in our night cream. Niacinamide is a vitamin B3 and works with your skin’s natural ability to improve complexion, banish dullness and tighten pores. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant and locks in any moisture to the skin and helps to reduce the signs of aging. Rosehip oil is rich in vitamin C, boosting collagen production and reducing inflammation.
The best way you can help your skin is by following your full skincare routine at night, double cleansing if recommended - and definitely if you’ve had make up on all day.
Take our skin health quiz as a first step in receiving your personal routine and even book in to speak to one of our aestheticians at a time that suits you.
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