21 November 2023

Beauty sleep, the secret of night care and serums

by Redaction NOW Village

© prostooleh, Freepik

The many benefits of skin care before going to bed at night for radiant, healthy skin. A selection to dream about!

Every night, as you drift off to sleep, your skin works hard to regenerate and repair itself. That’s why night care, especially night serums, has become an essential part of many people’s beauty routine.

Why is night care important?

During the night, the skin undergoes a natural regeneration process. When we sleep, our body releases growth hormones that stimulate collagen production. This production is essential for maintaining the skin’s firmness and elasticity. In addition, blood circulation to the skin increases, allowing better absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins.

However, the night-time environment is not without its challenges for the skin. Loss of moisture and exposure to free radicals can cause damage. Night care aims to support the skin’s natural repair process and minimise this damage.

The role of serums and night care

Night serums are skin care concentrates formulated to target specific concerns. They are generally lighter than night creams. This means they penetrate deeper into the skin to deliver more effective results, but you can still maximise the effects by adding a night cream. Here are some of the main skin concerns that night serums and/or creams can help to address:

1. Anti-ageing

Night serums containing ingredients such as retinol, peptides and hyaluronic acid can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promote collagen production and improve skin firmness.

SUBLIMAGE L’Extrait de Nuit de Chanel

SUBLIMAGE L’Extrait de Nuit from Chanel is the first night serum based on chronobiology. Its natural formula, based on fermented elixirs of Vanilla Planifolia and Neroli combined with a chronopeptide, reactivates the skin’s natural repair functions during the night. This evolving serum texture offers a perfect balance between freshness and nutrition, creating a unique sensorial experience. Skin is deeply rested, hydrated and luminous from the first moment it wakes up, with regenerating and nourishing benefits night after night, whatever the pace of life.

2. Lightening

Night serums with ingredients such as vitamin C or kojic acid can help reduce brown spots, hyperpigmentation and acne scars.

The Discoloration Defense Serum by SkinCeuticals is a powerful multi-phase serum designed to visibly reduce the appearance of pigmentation imperfections, including stubborn brown spots, post-inflammatory marks and pregnancy mask. Thanks to its ultra-balanced formulation with tranexamic acid, niacinamide and hepes, this serum offers a synergy of anti-spot active ingredients to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of acne scars.

It improves skin tone and reduces acne marks within two weeks. It is also ideal as a complement to aesthetic procedures such as peels, intense pulsed light, non-ablative lasers, micro-dermabrasion, injections and micro-needling.

3. Moisturizing

Night care products can restore the skin barrier, prevent water loss and keep skin hydrated.

The Night cream enriched with hyaluronic acid from Cetaphil offers a remedy for tired facial skin at night, providing intense hydration. This fragrance-free formula considerably strengthens the skin’s barrier. So it leaves you feeling soothed when you wake up – a real fountain of youth!

4. Soothing

For sensitive skin, night serums containing aloe, chamomile or calendula oil can reduce inflammation and calm irritation.

The Chamomile Night Cream from Q+A is a natural night cream ideal for all skin types. It’s enriched with soothing chamomile extract and anti-ageing bisabolol to smooth and soften the skin. In addition, jojoba oil improves skin suppleness without feeling heavy. When you wake up in the morning, your skin is fresh and revitalised.

5. Acne treatment

Night serums with salicylic acid or glycolic acid can help unclog pores, reduce acne and prevent breakouts.

T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic, night serum from the brand Drunk Elephant is an advanced AHA/BHA gel that targets skin problems such as dullness, clogged pores and skin imperfections. It combines a variety of acids, including glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric and salicylic, with raspberry and horse chestnut extracts to reduce excess oil and improve skin clarity.

This gel facilitates chemical exfoliation without causing dryness, while allowing other products to penetrate better. It quickly transforms a dull complexion into luminous, radiant skin.

Tips for using night creams and serums

  • 1. Cleanse your face thoroughly. Before applying a night serum, make sure your skin is clean to maximise absorption of the active ingredients.
  • 2. Apply the serum before the night cream. Night serums are generally applied before night creams for deeper penetration. Allow the serum to absorb for a few minutes before applying the moisturiser.
  • 3. Be consistent. For best results, use your night serum regularly. Consistency is the key to seeing significant improvements.
  • 4. Choose products suited to your skin type. Make sure you select night serums based on your skin type and specific needs.
  • 5. Protect your skin during the day. Always wear sun protection during the day, as some ingredients in night serums can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Night care products and serums are powerful allies in your quest for healthy, radiant skin. They work in harmony with the skin’s natural night-time repair process to target specific concerns and wake you up with revitalised skin. So take care of your skin at night and let it enjoy the benefits of these innovative products for timeless beauty.

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Chanel Sublimage Soin de nuit

L’extrait de nuit

Cetaphil Soin de nuit

Night cream enriched with hyaluronic acid

SkinCeuticals Disocloration

Discoloration Defense Serum

Q+A soin de nuit Camomille

Chamomile Night Cream

Drunk Elephant TLC serum de nuit

T.L.C. Framboos™
Glycolic Night Serum
Drunk Elephant

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