Even though we are skincare devotees here at Clementine, there are many topics that still elude us when it comes to caring for and replenishing our largest organ. The amount information is ever changing, and at times overwhelming: How often should we be exfoliating? Do you need a serum and a moisturizer? Do silk pillowcase really work in helping to avoid fine lines and wrinkles? The list, it seems, goes on and on…
In an effort to set the record (and our skincare regimes) straight, we are asked the man himself, the doctor behind Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare to partner with us in offering monthly tips, tricks and straight up knowledge on everything from peels to sunscreen to identifying the perfect products for your skin type. While we are always open to trying the latest and greatest, sometimes the best medicine is literally under (or in this case, above) our noses.
We could not think of a better topic, or more appropriate time (last week was National Sleep week, for those looking for an excuse to squeeze in a extra zzz’s a few days late) to kick off this series than to discuss the magical beauty trick that we rarely talk about (or apparently gets enough of) – beauty sleep, and how to maximize it!
Did you know there’s a magic hour for skin repair?
From 11 PM to midnight, the regeneration process peaks whether you're asleep or not! This means you are serving both your skin and maximizing the benefit of any overnight product when you apply before 11 pm.
It’s true - Skin absorbs nutrients & vitamins better while you sleep.
It’s important to deliver the skin its nutrients when it needs it most, which happens to be at night. So slather on your Vitamin A, B and C, and your favorite overnight serum – these formulas are designed to optimize during this pivotal repair time.
Skin is thirsty, especially at night.
As you sleep, water loss is also happening because the immune system is in overdrive for cell renewal. How do you prevent the damage of dehydration? A stellar night cream is key to combat dryness, keep skin moisturized and to help you wake looking rested and refreshed!
Your skin works long and hard!
During the day, your skin is in a protective state, warding off sun damage and pollutants. At night, your skin goes into repair mode, regenerating new skin cells and cycling oxygen and nutrients. Bottom line: your skin works hard for your body! Treat it well; use products that are right for your skin type, and that provide support and protection both day and night – we promise, you will thank us!
Your mom was right; wash your face every night before bed – no exceptions!
This piece of advice will come as no surprise, but what is surprising is there is actual science behind the logic. We know not washing your skin clogs pores, but here is where it gets interesting: this can potentially irritate skin and over time pores could become stretched out and enlarged from debris lodged in the skin. Exfoliating at night gently lifts dead skin cells from the surface, thoroughly cleansing and prepping skin for the anti-aging products you apply in the following steps. (Added bonus: your pillowcase will remain unscathed from your daily makeup routine– we are looking at you, mascara).
This series is sponsored by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, a brand by Dr Dennis Gross MD whose products we love. All opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Clementine Daily possible!