At some point, we have all used the phrase 'beauty sleep' but most of us don’t realise just how much happens to our skin as we do sleep. When we start to understand all of the processes that happen in the skin at night, both good and bad, we start to realise why night creams are so important! So what does happen to your skin as you sleep? And what should you look for in a night cream to get the best results for your ageing skin?
Sleep puts your skin into regeneration mode
When you sleep, your body is still working. Your skin goes into regeneration mode - it starts to repair itself. As your body slips into a deep sleep, your stress hormone levels are reduced and blood flow is better which is all good news for treating ageing skin concerns, such as sensitivity and deepening lines and wrinkles. It’s while you are asleep that your skin cells renew themselves.
Why is night cream so important for ageing skin?
As your skin ages it naturally slows down the cell turnover rate. This means that dead and damaged skin cells aren’t replaced as quickly and collagen and elastin levels aren’t replaced as often. This can have an impact on your skin. Using a night cream with active ingredients to target your ageing skin concerns can help to boost those natural processes. Here are five things you may not know happen to your ageing skin as you sleep and how Guinot Creme Night Logic can really help you achieve 'beauty sleep'!
1. When you sleep, your skin regenerates and repairs daily damage.
As we have already discovered, as you sleep your skin is busy working to repair cellular damage and to reproduce cells. When you are younger, your skin cell renewal rate is naturally faster. As your skin ages this process slows done, so your skin needs a helping hand. This is where a night cream comes in. A good night cream will enhance and boost skin cell renewal and repair.
Guinot Creme Night Logic is a premium night cream that is packed full of active ingredients specially formulated to treating your ageing skin as you sleep. In particular, it contains a specific form of algae, called euglena gracilis extract, which actually mimics the skin’s renewal and repair process boosting the process as you sleep. This clever algae adds energy to the cell renewal process in your skin working to replenish your skin with proteins, micronutrients and vitamins to give it back that healthy glow. The result is that you wake firmer, fuller and more radiant looking skin.
Night Logic CreamCrème Nuit Défatigante Eclat – VisageSkincare50ml: £64.80
2. At night, your melatonin production increases.
Melatonin is a hormone that your body produces as you sleep. In fact it’s what sends you to sleep! It works to regulate your circadian rhythm (that’s your waking/sleeping cycle) to ensure your body gets enough rest. Some herbal sleeping pills contain melatonin to aid with sleep issues.
Melatonin is also a potent antioxidant, which is great news for your skin. If you supplement this natural antioxidants with other antioxidants in your night cream, you give your skin an antioxidant boost - which is fab news for ageing skin!
What do antioxidants do for ageing skin?
Throughout the day, your skin is exposed to pollutants and UV rays that can cause the production of free radicals. Free radicals are atoms that are ‘unstable’. They are looking to use your healthy skin cells in order to make themselves ‘stable’. When they are successful, your healthy skin cell becomes altered and dies off. The result is prematurely ageing skin, with collagen and elastin levels decreasing - that’s the stuff that keeps your skin plump and taut.
Antioxidants are able to step in and stabilise the free radicals so that they are unable to damage your healthy skin cells. So having a good supply of antioxidants can help to stop the damage in the first place and to stop any further cell destruction.
And you might have guessed it already but, Guinot Creme Night Logic contains vitamin E, which is a really powerful antioxidant! Vitamin E occurs naturally in the skin but as you age the levels of this potent antioxidant can decrease. By using this active ingredient as an antioxidant you are boosting the natural levels and also working hand in hand with the hormone melatonin that we have already discovered is being released!
The results for your skin are great. As antioxidants stop the work of free radicals, your skin is able to renew itself and to rebalance. This makes this active ingredient great for dealing with deepening lines and wrinkles as it helps to restore the collagen and elastin in your skin.
3. Your skin is more receptive at night, as it doesn’t have much to put up with.
Imagine a typical day in your life. You get up, go out in the cold or warmth to get to work, you’re in your office, your car, public transport - all with air conditioning or heating, then you’re back in the cold again. Your skin is constantly being bombarded with challenges and pollutants. Then you go to sleep. And it is a regulated environment. Your skin doesn’t have a much to contend with. This makes sleep the prime time to get some really great active ingredients into the skin to restore, replenish and treat your skin.
Using a night cream that is specially formulated for your ageing skin, like Creme Night Logic, means you build skin health at a time where there aren’t lots of other issues being thrown at the skin. It also means you can start the day with healthier skin, ready to face those pollutants with a strong dose of antioxidant goodness, thanks to the Vitamin E in Guinot Creme Night Logic.
4. TEWL is higher at night.
TEWL stands for trans-epidermal water loss - it’s a natural process that is necessary for skin health, that your skin goes through on a daily basis. Water leaves the skin from the deeper layers of your skin and at the same time new water is being absorbed. The problem is that your skin can lose more water than it gains at night. This is especially the case if your skin barrier is impaired - so if your skin is dry or flaky, or if you have excess oil that stops water from being absorbed into the deeper layers of skin.
To address TEWL, you need to do two things - firstly, use a night cream that has hydration built in, so you are replacing that natural water loss as you sleep. Secondly, you need to use a night cream that helps to create a barrier to stop excess water loss at night.
Guinot Creme Night Logic is able to create a protective barrier and hydrate the skin which makes it a perfect choice! Dimethicone works to create a barrier on top of the skin so it doesn’t lose water at night and hyaluronic acid delivers hydration deep into the layers of the skin providing that much needed overnight hydration.
5. Your skin temperature is higher at night.
Scientific studies have proven that when you sleep your skin temperature increases. If you have concerns with irritation, dry or oily skin concerns, this can cause some issues to the skin. But at the same time, your circulation improves as your temperature warms up so skin repair and replenishing can happen. Choosing a night cream that can protect the skin against moisture loss, irritation and TEWL is key to waking up with plumper, refreshed skin.
Guinot Creme Night Logic has hyaluronic acid which, as we have just discovered, works to replace loss of water in the deeper layers of the skin. This helps with skin cell health and to keep the skin full and plump. It also has Vitamin E which as well as being a powerful antioxidant, also works as an anti-inflammatory, soothing irritated skin and helping to repair the skin’s lipid barrier. Capryloyl glycine helps to boost your skin’s Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF) with its amino acid content, whilst at the same time also helping to treat excess oil production. Finally, euglena gracilis extract (algae) works as a chronobiological energizer, super-charging the process of cell renewal and repair by giving energy to those cells.
Using a night cream is really important for ageing skin. It can help to boost the skin’s natural processes of repairing and renewing cells. It can help to stop water loss and to fight free radical damage and can give your skin the nutrient boost it needs.
As you sleep, your skin is most active so it makes sense to choose a night cream that will maximise that window of productivity! That’s not to say you should ditch the rest of your skin routine! Night creams are an important part of a regular skincare routine.
Guinot Creme Night Logic is a favourite of ours for ageing skin. It is specially formulated to treat targeted skin concerns for your ageing skin. Using a premium skin care product at night is a good investment, as this is when your skin does most of its renewing and repairing. You can wake up with skin that’s radiant with a healthy glow!
To find out more and get your Guinot Creme Night Logic, visit our Jersey Beauty website now:
Night Logic CreamCrème Nuit Défatigante Eclat – VisageSkincare50ml: £64.80
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