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What Happens To Your Skin While You Sleep? Our Skin Care Expert Weighs In


What Happens To Your Skin While You Sleep? Our Skin Care Expert Weighs In What Happens To Your Skin While You Sleep? Our Skin Care Expert Weighs In What Happens To Your Skin While You Sleep? Our Skin Care Expert Weighs In

We’ve all heard about how important sleep is for your body, but do you know exactly what happens to skin while you catch Zzzs? According to Dr. Rocio Rivera, Vice President of Scientific Communications at L’Oréal Paris, your skin does a ton of work during your sleep cycle, repairing and correcting its barrier. And, as it turns out, this regenerative process can be enhanced by the skin care products you use in your daily and nightly routines. Ahead, she explains what happens to your skin while you’re sleeping and how skin care products with antioxidants really work to make you look brighter and revitalized by the time you wake up.

What Happens to Your Skin While You Sleep?

There’s a lot that happens to your skin while you’re sleeping. “Nighttime is prime time for your skin to repair itself from the damages and aggressors that have happened throughout the day,” says Rivera. “Think about a castle getting attacked every single day, and at night, the workers are constantly building the walls of the castle back up. This is what happens to the skin.” But, of course, the workers need tools to help them restore the walls correctly, which is why giving your skin the best tools, in the form of the right ingredients, is key. 

According to Rivera, antioxidants act as that tool that can help rebuild the “castle walls,” in other words, your skin. “In theory, there are no external aggressors while you sleep, there is no sunlight or pollution, so the skin can take the time to really repair and correct itself with the help of antioxidants.” 

For this, she recommends using a serum that has a potent antioxidant formula, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Midnight Serum, formulated with bitter orange, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. “When your skin is at its peak repairing mode at night, this can help rebuild each ‘brick’, or cell.”

How to Incorporate an Antioxidant Product Into Your Routine

Rivera says that you should not only be applying products with antioxidants at night, but in the morning as well. “Midnight Serum can be used during the day and at night, because during the day it’s going to give your skin the right tools to help defend itself, and during the night it’s going to help while the skin works to repair itself.” Apply the serum after you cleanse and before applying SPF and moisturizer in the morning, and use it right before moisturizer at night. Rivera warns not to mix the serum with a moisturizer because that can degrade the serum’s actives.

Your skin will appear brighter after using the Midnight Serum for one week, while wrinkles will appear less noticeable after two weeks. The more you help rebuild your skin’s “walls” with products formulated with antioxidants, the more likely you’ll wake up with brighter, more radiant and stronger appearing skin.

Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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