There’s more to the term “beauty sleep” than you may think. In fact, scientists believe that sleep is one of the closest things there is to a fountain of youth. They believe that 6 – 9 hours of quality sleep is required every night to keep the skin looking its best.
“During the day our skin is constantly protecting itself and when we sleep it switches over into recovery mode. Researchers have found that during this ‘recovery mode’ skin regenerates up to three times faster than during the day. So it’s a good idea to give skin a helping hand during those crucial night time hours. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and retinol are best applied in the evening to help accelerate skin’s repair function overnight.” – Samantha Wilson, Director at Skin Republic.
What are some of the benefits of getting more sleep?
Fewer wrinkles – our skin produces collagen while we sleep, and collagen is responsible for preventing sagging and plumping the skin.
Radiance – our bodies increase blood flow to the skin while we sleep, which may leave you with a glowing complexion when you wake up. Too little sleep may leave the skin looking ashen or lacklustre.
Brighter eyes – though dark circles and puffiness are caused by various different things, sleep deprivation is one of them. You’re much less likely to experience puffiness if you get enough sleep.
Less breakouts – while we sleep our bodies’ cortisol levels naturally decrease (cortisol is the stress hormone that’s known to cause pimples). The lower our cortisol levels, the better our skin is able to heal and protect itself.
Night-time is the perfect time to apply richer moisturisers and serums that focus on hydration and skin cell turnover. Because the skin isn’t busy fighting UV rays and free radicals while you sleep, it can really focus on repairing itself. The added blood flow also helps the skin benefit from nourishing ingredients in your skincare products. Hydrating hyaluronic acid and skin-repairing retinol (vitamin A) are best applied at night as they help repair, hydrate and regenerate the skin while you sleep. In addition to drinking a glass of water before bed, the best thing you can do to prep your skin for night-time regeneration is to apply a good quality, nourishing serum and moisturiser.
Try one of these:
Sothys nO2ctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream, R1085.00
Comprising vitamin C, avocado and macadamia oils, yeast extract and marine collagen, this rich cream smoothes the skin while you sleep. Also referred to as “the equivalent of eight hours of sleep for the face,” it acts deep inside the skin to erase the damage done by daytime aggressors. Throw in increased radiance, reduced signs of fatigue and a gorgeous scent and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Skin Republic Retinol Hydrogel Face Mask, R80.00
There’s nothing like a mask before bed. This powerful anti-ageing hydrogel sheet mask supercharges skin with retinol to support natural collagen, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase skin’s elasticity.
Filorga NCEF-Night Mask, R899.00
This supreme multi-correction night-time mask is the answer to tired and stressed skin. It contains a silk tree extract that activates the synthesis of melatonin, a natural sleep regulator, which triggers the skin’s night-time recovery processes for both protection and repair. This results in less skin sagging and a visible reduction in the telltale signs of tiredness, drawn features and dark circles. It contains hyaluronic acid and 50 skin-regenerating ingredients, including amino acids, coenzymes and antioxidants.
Johnson’s Fresh Hydration Night Cream, R79.95
Filled with pure rose water which is known to balance the skin’s pH levels, reduce inflammation and calm redness and irritated skin, this luxurious gel cream comforts and hydrates the skin for up to 24 hours. Plus, it ups the skin’s moisture levels while you sleep.
Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Capsule Serum, R159.95
This powerful yet weightless booster intensely rehydrates the skin, helps smooth away dry lines and illuminates tried skin. It is infused with hydraulic and delivers up to 24h hydration. The microbead capsules contain antioxidant and revitalising vitamin E that is dispensed into the serum as you pump it out, maintaining its efficacy until the moment of use.
Cetaphil Rich Night Cream, R359.00
Filled with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid, this nourishing night cream maintains skin hydration overnight while gently soothing the skin. It has a lovely rich texture that feels luxurious on the skin, but is simultaneously non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores and cause breakouts. Added olive extract and a pro-vitamin complex ensures your skin gets all the nourishment it needs while you sleep.
GOSH Donoderm 24H Moisture Cream, R395.00
New and exciting, GOSH skincare has finally hit SA! This 24-hour moisture cream is a rich moisturiser ideal for dry skin. It provides an immediate boost of deep hydration. This unique moisturiser adapts not only to your skin type, but also to the weather conditions and climate it finds itself in. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, liquid sea minerals and vitamin E, this multipurpose cream can be used during the day as a perfect pre-step to makeup, but also at night to replenish the skin’s moisture levels.
Nuxe Nuxellence Detox, R795.00
Night time is the perfect time to detox the skin after plenty of exposure to pollution, stress and UV rays during the day. Filled with passion flower and hyaluronic acid, this anti-ageing night care treatment targets the heart of the epidermis, helping the skin maintain optimum energy and moisture levels. It has ten patents in France (impressive, much?!) and is suitable for all skin types and ages. Upon waking up, your complexion is revived and the skin looks fresh and radiant. With continued use, the skin looks rejuvenated and renewed.