Getting a good night's sleep isn't just good for mind and body … it's also good for our skin. In fact, research shows that when we sleep, our body launches into repair mode to address damage sustained during daylight hours.
While getting more sleep will certainly result in better skin and overall health, understanding more about what happens can help you design the best skincare routine.
What's Going on During the Sleep Cycle?
In short, a lot! When we're awake, our skin is constantly bombarded with environmental aggressors such as pollution and UV rays. While we sleep, it regenerates and resets.
Ever heard of circadian rhythm? Often understood in the context of sleep/wake cycles, our 24-hour internal clock signals when it's time for a little shut-eye. We just need to listen! When you feel yourself getting sleepy, your body clock is telling you it wants to enter that essential recovery mode. It's also when melatonin, the sleep hormone, begins to rise, making us feel tired. During this crucial time, usually between 9 pm and 11 pm, the skin is primed to soak up all those juicy topical treatments and boost DNA repair.
Cue that skincare and bedtime routine! When we sleep, skin and other cells can begin their repair and clean-up. Think of it like the night cleaning crew at a massive office building working through the night to get the job done.
While melatonin is a rockstar in helping with our sleep cycle, skin repair, and skin protection, the body's HGH (human growth hormone) also springs into action while we sleep. HGH speeds up skin repair and regeneration. Between 11 pm and 4 am, cell production can double, even more so in a deep state of sleep between 2 am and 4 am.
Why We Wake Up With Dry Skin …
Skin isn't only more active at night, but also more porous because it's warmer. Perfect for slurping up skincare products but also more prone to losing moisture, which is why trans-epidermal water loss is highest during the morning phase. Plus, our skin's barrier can quickly become compromised as we're exposed to light and our stress hormone, cortisol, starts to rise. This can lead to a red and agitated complexion. Thirsty skin will show more lines, dullness, sagging, and unevenness, making hydration one of the most crucial factors to consider before bed.
Maximise Your Skin Sleep Zone with the Best Skincare for Sleep
Now you know more about what's going on while you're dreaming, you can use this information to boost your nightly skincare routine.
It probably won't surprise you that our favourite nighttime skin product is a nourishing face oil. Experts agree that a quality oil will benefit almost every skin type, regardless of age, but especially dry or mature skin. Even if your face doesn't feel 'dry', face oils can still work wonders to repair and plump skin — and help lock in the ingredients of any other products you're using.
Take it from us (and the thousands of customers who swear by Indagare'sSignature Night Recovery Oil), when you find a good night oil, you'll never imagine life without one!
Fun Fact: Did you know that Indagare's Signature Night Recovery Oil Won BEST Overnight Facial Oil at The World's Most Respected Natural Beauty Awards - The Beauty Shortlist - in 2023?
Finding The Right Face Oil For Your Night Routine
A formula rich in plant oils will deliver abundant vitamins, omega fatty acids, and minerals to nourish skin, increase hydration, and replenish that supple feeling. Look for the addition of quality essential oils to unlock the goodness offered by these potent botanicals. Essential oils also have aromatherapy benefits that can ease you into a night of sounder slumber. The better sleep you get, the more optimum your skin recovery can be.
Our award-winning Signature Night Recovery Face Oil can help maximise your skin's recovery while you sleep. With 18 botanicals to help skin glow, it helps stimulate cell turnover, enhance elasticity, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and plump your skin.
Made with some of the world's freshest and most luxurious plant oils, it contains omega fatty acids plus antioxidants — an impressive arsenal to fight signs of ageing and dehydration.
At the heart of our Signature formula is organic, cold-pressed argan and prickly pear seed oils from our fair-trade partners of Berber families in rural Morocco. We blend rosehip oil (with high levels of a vitamin A acid that retinol converts to) with healing Tamanu oil (used for centuries in the South Pacific), and antioxidant-rich Hazelnut oil.
Then we call in evening primrose oil to soften and smooth, sea buckthorn oil for its rare mix of all four omegas, immortelle to help lighten sunspots, and moisturising Bulgarian rose to encourage uptake of all this skin-loving goodness. That's not even the full list but, as you can see, there's a whole lot to love about this formula!
Because this luxurious night face oil is natural, toxin-free, and almost 100% certified organic, there are no nasty chemical irritants. So, skin immediately feels silky and refreshed — then petal-soft on waking. The best part? Regular users tell us the effects compound over time!
That Good Morning Feeling
With your night routine on track, don't forget about the morning. A soothing dose of moisture will help calm skin after its intensive night of repair, while a boost of antioxidant protection will prepare for the day ahead. Don't worry, Indagare's day oil, Illumino Youth Serum, boasting more than 99% of the best quality prickly pear seed in the world with just a touch of skin-firming neroli and balancing geranium, can also help with that!
And, of course, a good quality SPF of 30+ or higher is a non-negotiable in any morning routine. Preventing damage will make it easier for your skin to replenish with these nourishing oils, and to look and feel healthy, youthful, and fully amazing every day.