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Sleeping Beauty

Ensure your skin looks rested even when you’re not feeling it with Charlotte Rochers’ pick of 6 products that ensure real radiance.

It’s called beauty sleep for good reason; ensure your skin looks rested even when you’re not feeling it with Charlotte Rochers’ pick of products that ensure real radiance.

Sleep:  it’s key to our physical and mental well-being – a good night’s sleep can aid everything from stress to decision making, eating patterns and even aging.
A study conducted by Estée Lauder and physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center found that poor sleepers demonstrated increased signs of skin aging.
During the day, the skin protects itself against external aggressors such as pollution, climate (think UV rays, wind, temperature changes, air conditioning) and hard water.
While we sleep our skin remains hard at work, repairing, rebuilding and restoring balance.
According to research, skin cell regeneration almost doubles at night peaking between 11pm and 4am.
Dr Lieve Declerq, VP Estee Lauder Science Research Europe & Asia explains to us:

“The skin is most metabolically active during the night, which causes its temperature to rise by approximately half a degree and can lead to precious moisture loss, thankfully it is also the most permeable during the night, creating the optimal time to apply high-performance products that promote healthy skin function.”

So before you reach for the Melatonin just yet, it is time to invest in a nocturnal skincare wardrobe that will give your skin serious salvation and guarantee you’ll wake up with a morning glow.

THE POTENT ANTI-OXIDANT

Skinceuticals Resveratrol BE Antioxidant Night Concentrate
WHAT IT IS:
An antioxidant-rich skin repair and defense treatment that targets fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity and dullness.
KEY INGREDIENTS:
Niacinamide, vitamin E, resveratrol, baicalin (antioxidants, anti-agers)
WHY BWB LIKES IT:
The treatment is formulated with a 1 percent concentration (the highest level available) of the antioxidant resveratrol, which amps up the skin’s defense system and helps treat existing damage by promoting skin’s natural repair system. After a week of nightly use skin appears noticeably smoother. Stick with the suggested twelve weeks for impressive results.

THE SOOTHING ELIXIR

Khiels – Midnight Recovery Concentrate
WHAT IT IS:
A soothing nighttime oil that moisturizes and soothes parched skin.
KEY INGREDIENTS:
Squalane (heals skin); lavender essential oil (soother); evening primrose oil (brightener).  Free of parabens, fragrance, and silicone, the concentrate smells like lavender and sinks right into skin without leaving any residue.
WHY BWB LIKES IT:
This gentle formula works overnight as the antidote to chronic dry skin and fine lines—perfect for supersensitive skin.

THE SKIN RECHARGER

Nuxe – Nuxellence Detox
WHAT IS IT:
A detoxifying overnight skin serum that boosts purification in the heart of the skin cells, encouraging cell renewal.
KEY INGREDIENTS:
Passionflower, red poppy and silk tree extras.
WHY BWB LIKES IT:
Post-sleep, the complexion looks rested (even if you don’t feel it), and with a real glow. (Buy it HERE)

THE GLOWGETTER

James Read – Sleep Mask Tan
WHAT IS IT:
An overnight tan that gives skin a moisture boost coupled with a super, subtle golden tint.
KEY INGREDIENTS:
Silky aloe-and-hyaluronic-acid-spiked gel that’s incredibly natural, and though the formula contains DHA, the smell is still subtle.
WHY BWB LIKES IT:
It soaks in quickly, so the only thing it tans is you—not your sheets. (Buy it HERE)

THE SKIN QUENCHER

Origins – Drink Up Overnight Mask
WHAT IS IT:
An intensely rich mask that instantly helps replenish skin’s moisture levels, while a powerful barrier repair complex helps repair and strengthen skin’s protective barrier.”
KEY INGREDIENTS:
Japanese seaweed (known to repair skin’s barrier to prevent dehydration and signs of premature ageing), non-fragrant plant oils like jojoba and olive and nourishing Avocado, Mango and Apricot Kernel Oil.
WHY BWB LIKES IT:
Deeply satisfying, this nourishing nightcap instantly drenches taut skin with moisture so skin feels refreshed and plump come morning. (Buy it HERE)

THE SKIN S.O.S

Guerlain – Midnight Secret
WHAT IS IT:
An overnight recovery treatment that re-balances skin after a day at the mercy of environmental aggressors (think pollution).
KEY INGREDIENTS:
Hydronoctine, a formulation of active ingredients that decongests clogged skin whilst boosting circulation, encouraging oxygen to the cells for repair.
WHY BWB LIKES IT:
A disturb night’s sleep often leaves those tell tale signs of fatigue on the face.  Just a couple of drops of this serum acts as a hit of caffeine on the skin – the perfect pick me up. (Buy it HERE)

Charlotte Rocher

Charlotte has over seven years experience as a writer and stylist for various international titles. Whilst her first passion is beauty, she has a long-standing obsession with health and fitness.

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