With Nighttime Skincare, Timing is Everything

Did you know studies show that skin repairs itself most effectively between 10pm and midnight? This is the ideal time to apply your strongest and most powerful anti-aging ingredients because there is no need to worry about protecting your skin from extreme temperatures, the sun, or pollution. This means that all those potent anti-wrinkle and cell regenerating ingredients can have their maximum impact, working in tandem with your skin’s natural repair cycle.

Consider products that contain chemical exfoliants, antioxidants, retinol, and peptides. As always, this must be preceded by thorough cleansing and toning to allow your nighttime skincare to work its best without any interference.

Your skin’s ability to repair itself at night starts with you getting a restful night’s sleep. If you suffer from occasional sleeplessness like me, try the SugarBear Sleep Vitamins, which have melatonin, L-Theanine, and Vitamin B-6 (and bonus, they taste great)! I keep these on my nightstand – no water needed because they are gummies.



Exfoliation at night is paramount to reversing damage and prepping your skin for all the nutrients from your skincare:


Retinol is a skincare powerhouse. If it is not in your nighttime routine, it should definitely be a consideration. Pure retinol helps increase cell turnover, which reverses aging. This Dermalogica retinol cream also includes powerful peptides and antioxidants that work in synergy, so you wake up to smooth and renewed skin. Bonus: It includes a buffer cream to acclimate your skin to retinol!



Retinol is a commitment. If you’re looking for faster results, the Skinceuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is formulated with a free acid value of 10% glycolic acid, allowing it to work at a true 10% concentration proven optimal in promoting effective exfoliation and natural cell turnover. This is proven tolerable for nightly use, and it improves the appearance of skin texture and tone to promote a bright complexion and glowing skin.



If both the above exfoliants frighten you, then this is the serum for you. The Rilastil Re-Sleep Night Serum uses the body’s circadian rhythms, which is a sort of internal clock that rules the natural cycle of night and day. When we sleep, the skin is super receptive to active ingredients and this serum takes full advantage. Owing to its exfoliating and regenerating properties, it optimizes the cell turnover, helping to keep your skin bright, firm, and elasticized. This line is designed for sensitive skin.


Now that you’ve properly exfoliated, these creams and serums will have you looking younger, brighter, and firmer in the morning:



The Rilastil Re-Sleep Night Balm is designed to be used with the Rilastil Re-Sleep Night Serum. The two work together to regenerate and nourish. The Re-Sleep Night Balm is a concentration of active principles that firms, lifts, and provides an effective anti-wrinkle treatment. This will rejuvenate and brighten skin tone.



Resveratrol B E is a night treatment powerhouse of anti-aging antioxidants. This patented antioxidant cocktail neutralizes free radicals, supports the skin’s natural antioxidant defenses, and reveals visible radiance and firmness. It diminishes visible signs of aging, improves the appearance of skin radiance, firmness, and density.



Are you a fan of the Zelens Power A drops like everyone else? Let me introduce you to the Zelens Stem Complex Rejuvenating Overnight Treatment. It is fortified with powerful peptides and pure botanical molecules; the formula targets the key signs of aging and protects the environment of epidermal stem cells so the skin can self-rejuvenate through the night. Helping to nourish and plump, the treatment will unveil younger-looking skin by morning, leaving you with a firm, youthful complexion.


The Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon is a revitalizing gel-cream that transforms skin overnight by optimizing nighttime skin recovery. You will wake up to visibly increased radiance and a reduction of skin fatigue and restored vitality. The soothing scent of Tamarind Seed Extract creates a nourishing cocoon of comfort for softer, more hydrated skin while encapsulated, motion-activated French Lavender Essential Oil (with Sandalwood and Patchouli) work all night to promote deep, restful sleep for healthier-looking skin by morning.



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