Want to look pretty so thereís nothing like a full eight hours sleep to make you feel fabulous the next day.
To look attractive we daily apply ten different creams at ten different times but fails to get that radiant look which we want. Itís the Sleeping Beauty fantasy: apply a face cream before going to bed and wake up looking radiant and rested. The main enemy of fresh, radiant skin is simply poor sleep. According to research more than 60 per cent of women experience problematic sleep, which compromises the skinís ability to repair itself, leading to fine lines, uneven skin tone and dull, dry, tired-looking skin. Getting enough of the right kind of sleep is also important, the skin repairs itself in slow-wave or deep sleep.
Our Skin canít tell the time. That means we can wear a night cream during the day and a day cream at night. The basic purpose of any moisturizer is to protect the outer layer of the skin, making it soft and less likely to crack. This physical barrier helps prevent moisture from evaporating; a process that happens all the time. But this is not enough to look gorgeous and to have a healthy skin. There are so many things which we have to keep in mind when we are thinking of a healthy skin. In general, the less chemicals we put on our skin the better, so itís best to avoid the ingredients we need during the day but not at night, such as those in sunscreens, while youíre sleeping.
The perfect time to use active ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C, which break down under UV light is sleeping time. Retinol also causes sun sensitivity, so it makes sense to use it when weíre not exposed to the sun. Retinol is one of the few ingredients that dermatologists agree can repair damage and stimulates collagen production. Itís the only thing that treats wrinkles we already have. However, during sleep, when our skin is not being influenced by sunlight, pollution and stress, is a good time for skin to repair itself. Just as we need sleep, our skin needs downtime to de-stress. So we can wear a good basic cream, day and night, and if our skin is oily, you probably donít need to apply anything at night.
For sensitive skin, sleep can be a welcome respite and a chance to combat the tenderness that can be caused by make-up and sunscreens. Look for calming ingredients, such as oat extract and wheat germ, to reduce redness. While we sleep, blood flow to the skin increases, the pH level decreases and the protective barrier is weakened. These ingredients work best under these conditions. The dinner we eat in the night can also affect our skin while sleep. The primary source of lowered pH levels in the skin is caused by diet. At the cellular level, excess acidity (low pH) slows regeneration and prevents cells from protecting themselves against metabolic damage. This leads to a dull, ashy complexion and premature wrinkles. Night is also the best time to fade pigmentation caused by the sun or hormonal imbalances. Ingredients such as hydroquinone, kojic acid and licorice extract help to fade spots and freckles but make the skin more sensitive to the sun.
What are the benefits of applying night creams?
>nourish and revitalize the skin
>supply moisture and hydration
>sooth and calm the skin
>promote even complexion and finer texture
>boost collagen and elastin production
>improve blood circulation
>reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discolorations
>prevent sagging of the skin
>make skin soft, smooth and supple
>improve the appearance of aging skin
>help skin recover faster and restore skin elasticity
>stimulate cell renewal
There are creams with fragrances which help to sleep well. While preparing for a bed light massage with a delicately scented cream can help in healthy sleep habits. We should apply night creams as soon as we get home so that it can help us to de-stress from the day and give it full eight hours to penetrate on skin and work its magic before dawn.
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