While You're Asleep: The Secret Life of Skin

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

Your bedtime routine may be the most important part of your skincare regimen, and here's why:

Skin, our largest organ, and first line of defense, works hard during the day. It protects us from UV radiation and toxins, aids in wound healing, regulates body temperature, allows us to feel sensations, and so much more.

But did you know the real magic happens at night?

While we sleep, our skin begins repairing itself, and its ability to regenerate is up to three times faster than during the day! It's also more permeable, making it more receptive to your bedtime skincare routine. This is why it is so important to wash your face at night!

These magical twilight hours are not to be wasted! They are so important, and if you aren't taking advantage of them by washing your face, applying serums, retinols and moisturizers, you are sorely missing out! Giving our skin what it needs most while we sleep supports its ability to repair, regenerate, and improve the overall health of our skin, and, you guessed it, slow premature aging.

So what I'm trying to say is, if you're only going to wash your face once a day, make it at night, and don't forget to apply your topicals (serums, retinol, etc).

So what would a solid bedtime routine look like?

1. Cleanse your skin using a product that properly removes dirt, oil, makeup, etc

but doesn't compromise the skin's barrier.

2. Apply your eye cream and serums while the skin is still slightly damp. Serums are made up of high concentration of skin actives, and are smaller molecules, making them able to penetrate deeper into the skin. A favorite serum of mine is Skin Script's Retinaldehyde serum for evening cell repair and health.

3. Always, Always, Always moisturize your skin. While we sleep we experience trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). It's important that we do everything we can to prevent moisture from leaving the skin.

4. If applying retinol you can apply it over your moisturizer. It helps with absorption, but also helps minimize irritation; it´s called the buffering method.

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