Thanks to daylight savings time you’ve got one less hour to catch some Zzzzzz’s, making it more important than ever to use those twilight hours wisely. Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine and Director of New York Laser & Skin Care credits a good night’s sleep as essential to maintaining beautiful skin. “Chronic sleep deprivation interferes with proper skin function and structure, leading to premature skin aging and worsening of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema,” says Kauvar. She adds “the skin recovers and repairs itself during the deep stages of sleep, when growth hormone release is at a maximum.”
Since growth hormone aids in the production of new skin cells and collagen and reduces protein breakdown, the nighttime is the right time to use collagen-boosting skin care plus it’s when the skin’s permeability is higher so products are absorbed more effectively.
SLEEPING BEAUTY INDEED: 5 to TRY
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($105), used before bed will leave you with firmer, clearer, brighter skin in the morning. It’s formulation includes trans-retinol ester to improve elasticity and fight fine lines and wrinkles, blue tansy for anti-redness and mega-healing and vitamin-rich avocado seed oil.
Obagi Hydrate Luxe ($70), packed with powerful ingredients that support cell renewal and repair, is specifically engineered to work while you sleep. Biomimetic peptides help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boost firmness and reduce skin frailty. Hydromanil provides immediate hydration plus a gradual delivery of moisture for up to 8 hours. Shea butter, mango butter, avocado oil and glycerin soothe and moisturize.
Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask ($34) works with the skin’s circadian rhythm to increase collagen synthesis and production and decrease the production of collagenase, the enzyme that contributes to collagen breakdown. Powerhouse ingredients include Camellia oil to firm, hydrate and protect, Wakame (Japanese Sea Kelp) to replenish protein, increase collagen production and decrease the synthesis of melanin so skin is more even-toned and other moisturizing, calming and skin-strengthening ingredients.
Korres Wild Rose & Vitamin C Advanced Sleeping Facial ($48) is a skin soothing, nourishing, moisturizing miracle-in-a-jar that renews “tired” skin overnight, while you sleep. Wild rose oil forms a protective layer while it works on fine lines, helps balance uneven skin tone, smoothes texture and adds intense moisture. In the morning all you’ll notice is a brighter, more luminous complexion.
Dr. Jart+ Premium Firming Sleeping Mask ($48) enhances (WC) cell turnover and delivers continuous moisture while it locks in nutrients and boosts elasticity (WC) and firmness. Dull, dehydrated skin is literally transformed overnight. Superstar ingredients include niacinamide and kava to increase collagen barrier, hyaluronic Acid which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, a mix of Korean medicinal herbs to stimulate cell turnover and trehalose and ceramics for extra hydration.