Let’s explore the intricate processes our skin accomplishes at night and learn how to support this nocturnal rejuvenation with nighttime skincare and healthy sleep habits.
The Nocturnal Process of Cellular Rejuvenation
Every 24 hours, your skin oscillates between 2 modes: defense and repair.
During the day, it continually fends off free radical attacks sparked by exposure to environmental aggressors like UV and pollution. At night, the skin transitions into ‘recovery mode,’ focusing on repair and regeneration, addressing damage caused during the day.
Levels of melatonin and HGH (the human growth hormone) rise at night and play critical roles in promoting skin repair and cell regeneration. HGH, in particular, stimulates collagen production, helping maintain skin firmness.
Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) increases at night, meaning your skin loses more moisture while you sleep than during the day.
Nighttime Skincare: Ingredients for Nourishment
Did you know that your skin is more permeable at night? The downside is the increased TWEL, but there is an upside, too; skin is more receptive to the benefits of nighttime skincare products.
To support cellular regeneration and nourish the skin’s barrier to counter increased TWEL at night, focus on specific types of ingredients in your nighttime skincare routine:
Humectants: Attract and retain moisture, keeping skin soft and supple. Examples include Hyadisine® (an eco-certified marine alternative to hyaluronic acid), hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate (plant based hyaluronic acid), glycerin and oleic acid.
Emollients: Smooth and soften skin, strengthen the skin’s barrier, and prevent moisture loss. Examples include fatty acids, ceramides, and plant oils.
Occlusives: Form a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, locking in moisture. Examples include olive oil, argan oil and jojoba.
Antioxidants: Neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental stressors, and support cellular repair. Examples include; Vitamins C, E and A.
Incorporating these ingredient types in your nighttime skincare routine supports the skin’s repair and regeneration, promoting a radiant and rejuvenated complexion upon waking.
YASOU vegan Cell Renewal Night Cream is a luxurious, 99.6% natural treatment that rejuvenates your skin as you sleep. Packed with eco-certified, botanical, and active ingredients, this cream stimulates cell renewal, boosts collagen production, and plumps the skin, resulting in a fresher, firmer, and more radiant complexion each morning.
Removing makeup and cleansing before bed is crucial for preventing clogged pores, breakouts, and irritation. This essential practice also promotes optimal absorption of nighttime skincare products, enhancing the skin’s natural repair and renewal processes.
Better Sleep Habits for Better Skin
‘Beauty sleep’ is not a myth. The quality and duration of sleep directly affect the skin’s capacity for rejuvenation. Research indicates that sleep deprivation increases the production of inflammatory cytokines and decreases skin barrier function recovery.
We can enhance the skin’s natural repair process by adopting sleep-promoting habits.
- Create a sleep-friendly environment with a cool, dark, and quiet bedroom.
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule, aiming for 8 hours of quality sleep each night.
- Use silk or satin pillowcases to reduce friction and irritation on the skin.
- Wind down before bed with relaxing activities and establish a calming bedtime routine.
- Reduce exposure to blue light from screens in the evening.
Nurturing nocturnal renewal with mindful skincare and sleep habits supports rejuvenation for a revitalized, radiant complexion.
Wishing you rejuvenating slumber and radiant skin, always.