If our skin is the bat­tle­field for ox­ida­tive stresses day in, day out, then this weapon of choice will surely help you win the fight. By Li Ying Lim.

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The an­swer is yes. Our skin works 24/7, and dif­fer­ently dur­ing day and night. Here is the ideal sit­u­a­tion: When we wake, our skin fol­lows suit and puts on its best face – lit­er­ally – to fight the en­vi­ron­men­tal trig­gers and in­ter­nal stresses that will set out to age us. When the sun goes down, the skin will re­treat and pre­pare to heal in your rest­ing state. “Free rad­i­cals that come from pol­lu­tion, UVA/UVB ra­di­a­tion, and poor air qual­ity as­sault our skin the most dur­ing the day and have the po­ten­tial to dam­age our lipids, pro­teins, and DNA,” states Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s con­sult­ing der­ma­tol­o­gist. But the ideal sit­u­a­tion tends to de­te­ri­o­rate, mainly due to the di­min­ish­ing de­fences of the skin caused by age and ex­haus­tion. “Bar­rier func­tion di­min­ishes and the an­tiox­i­dant con­tent in the skin is re­duced, mak­ing the skin more sus­cep­ti­ble to free rad­i­cal dam­age and ac­cel­er­ated ageing,” Dr. Geyer con­tin­ues. “Cor­ti­sol, a mol­e­cule as­so­ci­ated with en­ergy me­tab­o­lism that peaks dur­ing morn­ing hours, is also re­leased in re­sponse to stress. Chronic and ex­ces­sive cor­ti­sol can make the skin more vul­ner­a­ble to de­hy­dra­tion, free rad­i­cal-in­duced dam­age, in­fec­tion, and in­flam­ma­tion.” That is why pro­tec­tion is im­per­a­tive. While Kiehl’s Mid­night Re­cov­ery Con­cen­trate has been rec­om­mended for use in the day as well as night, the po­tency of this po­tion is re­ally max­imised dur­ing night-time, when the body’s big­gest or­gan is re­cu­per­at­ing. This calls for a day­time al­ter­na­tive – Kiehl’s new Daily Re­viv­ing Con­cen­trate, a 100 per­cent nat­u­ral blend of botan­i­cal and nat­u­ral oils that helps sup­port the defence mech­a­nism of the skin dur­ing the day. What makes it so ef­fec­tive and unique, Dr. Ge­of­frey Ge­nesky, head of Kiehl’s Skin­care Lab­o­ra­tory, says, is that “Kiehl’s sun­flower seed oil un­der­goes an ex­tra dis­til­la­tion step that fur­ther con­cen­trates an ac­tive frac­tion of the oil, but it is also gen­tle enough to main­tain the oil’s in­tegrity. The re­sult is a va­ri­ety of ben­e­fits for healthy-look­ing skin, in­clud­ing the sup­port of bar­rier strength to help en­sure wa­ter re­ten­tion. Tamanu oil has been stud­ied for its sooth­ing ef­fects, mak­ing it a great choice for a day­time prod­uct due to skin stres­sors present through­out the day. And we chose our spe­cific gin­ger root es­sen­tial oil since in-vitro stud­ies have demon­strated its an­tiox­i­dant ca­pa­bil­ity.” Be­cause of its all-nat­u­ral for­mula, sen­si­tive and acne-prone skin types will be able to use this oil with­out reser­va­tions. “Th­ese spe­cific botan­i­cal and es­sen­tial oils not only cre­ate a pro­tec­tive layer that di­min­ishes the pen­e­tra­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal ag­gres­sors, but they also serve as a reser­voir of ben­e­fits that pro­vide day­time hy­dra­tion,” sec­onds Dr. Geyer. Avail­able at Kiehl’s out­lets na­tion­wide.

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