Wake Up Glow­ing

Master the well-rested look with a night-time ar­se­nal that slaves away while you snooze

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

The ul­ti­mate night-time prod­ucts for that morn­ing glow

Sleep is one of our favourite things. While you’re snooz­ing af­ter a day of get­ting it done, your skin is work­ing over­time to turn over cells and re­gen­er­ate col­la­gen, thanks to high mela­tonin and lower cor­ti­sol lev­els. It’s a win if you get your eight hours and it’s also the per­fect pe­riod to tar­get your skin, says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Natasha Cook. “Night-time prod­ucts are of­ten for­mu­lated as a treat­ment, so they get a chance to ab­sorb with­out make-up, sweat or ac­tiv­ity.” PM is the dream time to get a dose of vi­ta­mins if you want bright skin. “Vi­ta­mins B3 and C block the ty­rosi­nase enzyme re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing pig­ment. They also re­boot im­mune sys­tems, re­store the epi­der­mal bar­rier func­tion and sta­bilise sen­si­tiv­ity and red­ness, along­side re­build­ing col­la­gen,” says Cook. Like a recipe, fol­low­ing the steps mat­ters. Re­peat af­ter us: cleanser, serum, mois­turiser, mask. The rea­son? “Serums are best ap­plied af­ter cleans­ing so you get max­i­mal ab­sorp­tion and they’re not di­luted by your mois­turiser.” And watch how you sleep. A study pub­lished in the Aes­thetic Surgery Jour­nal found face-plant­ing the pil­low can lead to sleep wrin­kles. “It de­pends on your sleep po­si­tion and how long you stay there,” says study au­thor Dr Goe­sel An­son. Ide­ally, doze on your back. But you can’t change un­con­scious habits, so slather on th­ese treat­ments that work when the lights go out.

1 Sen­sai Ex­tra In­ten­sive Mask (R3 995) 2 Der­ma­log­ica Sound Sleep Co­coon (R1 295) 3 El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Flaw­less Fu­ture Pow­ered by Ceramide Caplet Serum (R730) 4 African Ex­tracts Ad­van­tAGE Re­ju­ve­nat­ing Eye Cream (R161) 5 L’Oréal Age Per­fect Cell Re­new (R290) 6 Elemis Superfood Night Cream (R1 090) 7 Nivea Per­fect & Ra­di­ant Even Tone Overnight Serum (R170) 8 Sothys nO2ctuelle De­tox Resur­fac­ing Overnight Cream (R1 045) QMS MediCos­met­ics Night Col­la­gen (R1 010)

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