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Your skin at night

Your skin at night

The benefits of sleep

In today’s world, our phones are the last thing we look at before we go to sleep and the first thing we reach for in the morning. Social media has a huge influence on the way sleep is portrayed and can be seen in a negative way as a period of idleness or loss of productivity. But this needs to change, what many people don’t realise is the time spent asleep is some of the most constructive for our brain (and our skin!). Areas of the brain and our skin cells repair at night, there is more blood flow to the skin delivering vital nutrients your skin needs after a full day being exposed to the elements.

We have all experienced what a few sleepless nights can do to our skin, dullness, fine lines and undereye circles are amongst the most common. In the following we will discuss aids to a good nights sleep and our top picks for your night-time skincare routine to get the most out of skin regeneration.

Set yourself up for success

In order to get your body and mind ready for sleep, it is important to consciously set time aside each evening to prepare for sleep in the form of a wind-down routine. There are a few simple changes you can make to your current routine that can make a huge difference in the way you fall asleep and stay asleep for longer.

Putting your phone away at least 1 hour prior to sleep. Our devices emit blue light, this is a light that increases our attention and mood, something we want to do the opposite of when we are trying to wind-down. If you do need to use your devices before bed, there are options to help limit your exposure including wearing blue-light blocking glasses or switching your device to a night-mode.

Another addition to your wind-down routine could be to take notice of what and when you eat/drink before bed. As a general rule, try to avoid any liquids two hours before bedtime avoid disturbing sleep by going to the bathroom. Additionally, having beverages high in caffeine or alcohol can disrupt sleep. Eating too close to bedtime can have the same effect when it is unable to digest correctly.

Finally, try and relax your mind before bed. Many of us wake in the middle of the night worrying about minor issues. Try keeping a note pad and pen by your bedside, this way you can quickly jot down your thoughts/emotions/ideas in an attempt to clear them from your mind and hopefully get back to sleep sooner.

 

Why your skincare at night is so important

As we now know, the skin does a large part of its regeneration at night. Which is why it is important to focus a little more energy on our routine rather than just heading straight to bed.

Going to sleep with makeup, pollutants, debris and SPF on the skin can inhibit its ability to repair itself. Ensure you are cleansing the skin thoroughly to avoid this. Pre Cleanse and Pre Cleanse Balm ensure everything is removed from the skin, thoroughly. They are both oil-based cleansers which attach to oil-based products to allow for proper removal from the skin, leaving it feeling deeply cleansed, yet nourished.

Night-time is the best time of day to apply products with restorative and active ingredients such as serums. Serums have the highest level of active ingredients and target many different skin concerns from ageing, uneven skin tone and loss of elasticity to breakouts and sensitivity. Apply your most active products at night to get the most benefit and remember that those products containing active ingredients such as Retinol, like our Overnight Retinol Repair must only be applied at night.

Products containing essential oils can be very powerful when it comes to influencing sleep. Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from plants and have been used all over the world for many centuries. When used in aromatherapy, they have huge benefit in calming and healing. Many of our Dermalogica products are formulated with essential oils. Our Sound Sleep Cocoon is a night-time moisturiser specifically designed to aide sleep with the added essential oils of French Lavender, Patchouli and Sandalwood. It helps to promote a restful night’s sleep whilst hydrating and brightening the skin.

If you have questions about which products could benefit your skin or changes to your current night-time skincare routine, chat to one of our skin therapist's via our online chat our send us an email at customerservice@dermalogica.co.nz

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