Like most women, you probably wash your face and pat on some obligatory moisturizer in the morning, and then dutifully remove your makeup and cleanse at night. But if that’s all you’re doing, you’re missing out on many opportunities to boost your beauty potential throughout the day.
“Cycling your regimen around your internal clock can do wonders for your skin,” explains Melinda Milner, spa director at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California, where the whole spa menu is based on the body’s circadian rhythm (its timed biological cycle). Maximize your hotness by adopting this simple 24/7 game plan.
Moisture gets sucked out of your skin and lips when you’re sleeping, and what’s left hanging around tends to pool in the most unfortunate of places–around your eyes, where skin is thinner and more delicate, says Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.
Around 4 a.m., your temperature, blood pressure, and hormone levels begin to rise, kicking your skin’s ratio of oiliness to dullness up a notch. This adds a bit of hydration, but you still need to help your skin along by taking the following steps:
1.To de-puff eyes, Fusco recommends keeping a caffeinated eye gel in the fridge and dabbing it on first thing in the morning. “The coldness and caffeine act as vasoconstrictors, and they’ll pull the puff right out.” Using your finger, pat the eye gel from the outer to inner corner of each eye. Another option? Sip some coffee. But use restraint: While one cup acts as a diuretic, sucking out just enough moisture, two goes overboard, zapping too much, Fusco warns.
2.Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush and gently buff your lips to remove dry flaky skin and reveal a smooth kisser.
About 20 minutes before you head out the door, slather a grape-size blob of moisturizer with SPF 30 (or more) onto your face. Look for a product that contains moisturizers such as glycerin or ceramides, which help trap moisture in skin cells and keep their structure strong, and antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea, or lycopene, which studies show increase the effectiveness of sunblock.
The hormones that start cooking in the early a.m. hit their peak between noon and 4 p.m. One in particular, cortisol, can turn your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) into an oil slick. Also, your rising basal body temperature can make you look flushed or cause conditions like rosacea to become more pronounced around lunchtime.
Dust your face with a mineral-powder sunscreen to keep oil in check and reboot your SPF.
Your body starts slowly shifting gears again around 4 p.m. Body temperature cools and blood pressure lowers, causing you (and your skin) to look drained and sleepy, Milner says.
To breathe life back into your complexion, spritz on a light moisturizing face spray; the cooling blast of hydration will be energizing. Plus, some sprays contain skin-healthy antioxidants, which block free radicals from damaging your skin.
While you’re getting your beauty sleep, your body is hard at work, repairing weakened muscle fibers and regenerating skin cells. “Growth hormone, which is necessary for skin repair, peaks during sleep, helping you maintain collagen and fight wrinkles,” says Eva Cwynar, M.D., an endocrinologist in Beverly Hills. Increased blood circulation to your skin helps it to release impurities and accept nutrients. Because night is your body’s prime recovery time, a big chunk of your 24-hour routine should be focused here.
Reach for textured cleansing wipes. They’ll cut through the day’s grime, oil, and sunscreen and gently exfoliate your skin at the same time, Fusco says.
1.Deeper exfoliation twice a week will rid your skin of dulling dead-cell buildup. Use a scrub with glycolic or salicylic acid and buff gently in a circular motion.
2. After washing and drying your face, slather on a retinoid product. “This will accelerate cell turnover, which evens out pigmentation and increases collagen production,” Fusco explains. If retinoids irritate your skin, which contains gentler resurfacing ingredients like oligosaccharides (complex sugars).
3. Smooth on a treatment oil serum containing essential fatty acids. “The EFAs, like those found in argan oil, act as nutrition for your skin’s cells, sealing in much-needed moisture by reinforcing the skin’s top layer,” Graf says. .
4. Pat an eye cream with collagen-boosting peptides over crow’s-feet and brow bones to firm and tighten the area around your eyes.
5. Use a night cream with glycerin or hyaluronic acid (to protect against moisture loss) and peptides. Spread the cream between your hands, then gently massage it onto your face.
6. Once a week, apply a nutrient-rich moisture mask to your hands and feet, and wear cotton gloves and socks overnight.
While You Were Sleeping
The best thing you can do for your skin is to get a solid eight hours of shut-eye a night. These tricks will encourage a sound slumber.
Sniff lavender essential oil or spray some onto your pillow. Studies show the scent induces relaxation and helps you nod off, Fusco says.
1.Place a cool-mist humidifier in your bedroom. not only will the soothing noise lull you to sleep, but it will also “increase the humidity in the air, so your skin will absorb it and become more hydrated,” Graf says.
2. Half an hour before bed, take about 600 milligrams of magnesium. “It has a direct calming effect on the brain and muscles, promoting sleep,” Cwynar says. Try an easily absorbed powder version if you like.-Women’s Health Magazine