Our skin has this amazing ability to revive itself even after all the turmoil we put it through day in and day out, if I were my skin, I’d break up with me – we are toxic, literally. It takes just 24 hours for a bad night’s sleep to take a toll on the way we look. Dermatologists have linked lack of sleep to premature skin ageing
But we aren’t all bad and there are things that we can proactively implement to assist our skin when it goes to work at night, undoing all the havoc we have caused.
Our skin loses moisture overnight so we should implement methods to keeping it hydrated, one such tool is hyaluronic acid. The magic ingredient in several overnight treatments is capable of holding 1000 times it’s weight in water. It’s not an every night affair, but two to three times a week should be enough to keep your skin well nourished.
Made from vitamin A, retinol is added to creams that go on your skin. It boosts the amount of collagen your body makes and plumps out skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin tone and colour and reduces mottled patches.
Retinol is a superstar anti-ager, but it’s important to reserve the powerful ingredient for evening use only, since it’s inactivated by sunlight.
Getting your 5 a day isn’t just a dietary requirement; fruit enzymes are great for application to your skin too. Fruit enzymes as an ingredient in skincare act to brighten complexion, smooth skin and cleanse your pores.
Papaya enzymes help to speed up the elimination old and dead skin cells, leaving skin revitalised and supple.
Pineapple contains bromelain, a non-abrasive enzymatic peeling agent that helps to break down dead, dry surface skin cells for smoother and softer skin.
Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinamide, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly improve enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles and dullness.
Niacinamide also reduces the impact of environmental damage because of its ability to improve skin’s barrier – its first line of defence.