AM/PM Fab Skin Guide (Night edition)

[By Allison Kwok]

PM Must-haves

We all know that having a good night sleep will lead to a more fruitful day. Similarly, how you treat your skin before you hit the sack will affect how you look the following day. At night, your skin is at rest and is not being exposed to the environmental stressors that greatly contribute to dermal aging. While you sleep, your skin cells go into overdrive to help repair the damages incurred during the day. One should focus on providing adequate hydration and nourishment to keep our skin cells happy and healthy. In addition, a serious boost to its metabolism can be achieved with skin serums that contain effective performance ingredients targeted at one’s specific skin woes.

Age Fighters

Retinoids

2015If retinoids aren’t part of your skincare regime yet, they should be. This vitamin A derivative penetrates deep within the dermis and evokes stimulation right where collagen fibers are created. It is considered one of the most miraculous ingredients for smoothing the texture of the skin, softening lines and wrinkles. In addition, it increases the rate of turnover of skin cells and thus tackles skin discolouration caused by UV rays and helps to unclog pores. In fact, Tretinoin was the first retinoid approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles.

Retinol causes photosensitivity and can further dry out and irritate aging skin as well . It is therefore judicious to use it ONLY in the evening and always wear a good sunscreen in the day time and keep your skin well moisturized with emollients, both day and night, while on it. A gentler preparation that can be used nightly to fight visible signs of aging is the aptly named, Sloane Inc. Age Defy. It combines Tretinoin with a powerful, natural moisturizing agent which not only fights wrinkles, but also effectively tones, lifts and firms skin.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

2014These fruit acids loosen the bonds between the complexion dulling dead skin cells that accumulate with age, so they can be shed, leading to improved texture and more even skin colour with added radiance to boost. On top of all that, they also enhance the reparative mechanism of skin cells, allowing other anti-aging ingredients to penetrate faster and work more effectively.

Sloane inc Sleeping Peel is an oil-free Aloe Vera gel with 15% Glycolic acid and is highly beneficial for non-sensitive, normal to oily, and even blemished skin types. In addition to its anti-aging effect of increasing the rate of natural dead skin exfoliation to promote moisturization by renewal of native skin collagen, it effectively controls oil and helps fight bacteria to keep breakouts in check. It is best applied to cleansed skin and left on overnight to work its magic, and consistent use will help reduce daytime shine, clear up skin problems, and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Skin Brighteners

Hydroquinone

2013Blotchy skin doesn’t reflect light as well and tend to make your complexion dull and older looking. Many women suffer from pigmentation problems these days, sometimes triggered by hormonal fluctuations like pregnancy or birth control pills, damage to the skin due to injury and prolonged unprotected sun exposure. Melanogenesis or the production of pigment containing melanocytes is a multi-step procedure that can be inhibited at different levels, leading to a boom in cosmeceuticals over the years. When you are shopping for creams for hyperpigmentation, look out for key ingredients such as hydroquinone, vitamin C, azelic and kojic acid, mulberry and soy produce.

Hydroquinone is one of the earliest available bleaching agent, highly effective in strength from 2 to 8%. However, rebound hyperpigmentation following monotherapy with Hydroquinone is fairly common especially in Asian skins. Consider instead combination products such as Sloane Inc Instant Pigment Corrector available from The Sloane Clinic. With added kojic acid a known tyrosinase inhibitor, a reduced concentration of hydroquinone to keep its side effects to a minumum is allowed, without compromising the overall lightening efficacy.

Skin brighteners as such are best applied at night asthese potent ingredients also make your skin more sensitive to the external environment such as sunlight or pollutants. Furthermore, excessive drying of the skin may also occur, requiring thicker moisturisers which might not work in your best interest in the daytime.

Dermal Hydrators

Every night time skincare routine should end off with a suitable moisturiser of your choice. Your skin needs to stay well hydrated as you recharge overnight and ending off with a banging moisturiser will definitely allow you stay on top of your game. During the night, if you don’t have oily skin, dare to go for heavier moisturisers to replenish all the moisture lost during the day and attempt to lock in as much moisture as you can.

Hyaluronic Acid

In recent years, Hyaluronic acid is the hot ingredient that has taken the skincare scene by storm. It hydrates and plumps dry aging skin by drawing water to the skin and for best results, it can be used liberally wherever your skin is dry and needs hydrating. In addition, Hyaluronic acid isn’t irritating and wouldn’t compromise the effectiveness of other skincare ingredients which you may be using together with it.

Epicuren Moisture Surge Hyaluronic Acid Gel

2012This is an all natural, oil free moisturizer that locks in hydration to benefit all skin types. Containing Hyaluronic Acid, a natural moisture binder responsible for holding 1000 times it’s weight in water, this superior humectant deeply hydates and plumps skin to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Keep in mind that skin care is more complicated than the benefit any single ingredient can provide. Just like your diet, one ingredient isn’t enough to keep you healthy.

Designed to improve skin tone and boost firmness so that your skin looks gorgeous even sans makeup, Sloane Inc Miracle Lift is bursting with Hyaluronic Acid and other age-defying ingredients such as collagen and Vitamin B3. This feather-weight formula works wonders on your skin, leaving it glowing, smooth and lifted, and is as close to “youth in a bottle” as you’ll get!

 

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