Women make non stop crazy efforts to keep their skin healthy and radiant. Skincare begins with just washing your face with clear water to applying nourishing masks to buying expensive cosmetics and sometimes going to beauty care centers and even go as further as surgery or injections. But there is a dark side of the skincare routine – the one we can’t see because it takes place in the night when we are sleeping.
Skin cells revitalising is at its highest peak between 11 pm and 4 am. This is the time when all the nourishing ingredients and vitamins are completely absorbed in the skin. But this is only true if we are sleeping. Staring at the computer or watching TV in the wee hours won’t do any good even if we apply the strongest and most efficient anti aging product. The reason for this is a hormone called cortisol – it is a result of being awake through the night. Cortisol is known to ruin skin cells. We want the opposite effect – for regenerating the epidermis we need the growth hormone, but it is produced only during a 7-8 hour long sleep of full value.
Here is how we can take the maximum positive effect out of the dark side of life.
Stay under the shower or in a hot bathtub for 20 minutes every evening. This will deep clean your skin and will help the pores open. After that your skin will be ready for a rich nourishing night cream. You can apply more generously than the day cream.
The effect of the night cream is much stronger because it doesn’t have to compete against sun rays, dirt and decorative cosmetics. Take the retinoids for example. Advanced anti wrinkle creams have retinoids in them but under the sun they can lead to pigmentation. So you can’t use them during day time. Cosmetics that have Vitamin A and Vitamin E in them are most efficient if applied a couple of hours before going to bed.
Dermatologists often advice us to use hydrating cream for the day and nourishing cream for the night. But there are other ways to keep our skin hydrated. A good decision is to put an air humidifier in the bedroom. But don’t forget to clean it regularly especially if you suffer from some kind of allergy.
Our sleeping position is very important when it comes to skin rejuvenation. Sleeping on your back or on your right side is believed to be the best for maximum rest and beauty results. If you love to sleep on your belly with a face buried in your pillow don’t be surprised in the morning when you see your puffy eyes.
Don’t forget to change your pillow case regularly, ideally once every 3-4 days because your skin has direct contact with it for at least 6-7 hours every night.