Why you should take care of your skin at night

How to re­plen­ish, re­ju­ve­nate and hy­drate the skin while you sleep

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Alexis Tshangana

CON­TRARY to pop­u­lar be­lief, the skin does not take a break or sleep when you are in bed. Most peo­ple don’t know that the skin re­gen­er­ates faster at night than dur­ing the day. The skin cells are re­paired most ef­fec­tively be­tween 12 and 4am. This is be­cause there are no stress fac­tors such as the sun, smok­ing and many oth­ers. Us­ing the right prod­ucts at this time will help de­stroy bac­te­ria and boost col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, which helps keep the skin firm and ra­di­ant.

WASH

Al­ways wash your face at night, es­pe­cially if you ap­ply make-up on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Leav­ing make-up on will clog your pores and cause oil build up, lead­ing to pim­ples and blem­ishes. Use a less oily face wash to al­low the skin to breathe.

MASK

Masks help re­move bac­te­ria from the skin, al­low­ing it to re­pair it­self eas­ier. Masks are less harsh than some ex­fo­li­a­tion prod­ucts so they will take your skin from dull to ra­di­ant with­out dam­ag­ing it. Clay masks are the best ones to use and they re­move most dirt. You can use the mask twice a week for faster results.

MOISTURISE

This is an im­por­tant part of skin re­newal. Nour­ish­ing the skin helps to keep it hy­drated and slows down the ag­ing process. Use serums or anti-ag­ing cream with Vi­ta­min C to hy­drate your skin at night. Re­mem­ber that the thin­ner the cream, the bet­ter, as this al­low your skin to breathe.

AVOID

Al­co­hol be­fore you sleep. This is sim­ply be­cause al­co­hol de­hy­drates the skin and can even cause puffy eyes when you wake up in the morn­ing. Rather drink lemon wa­ter. Lemon is a good anti-ox­i­dant.

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