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Why You Need A Nighttime Skincare Routine

We know it can sometimes seem too much work to have to carry out a skincare routine both morning and night, but trust us, it’s essential. Your skin follows a natural cycle which means it has different jobs to do both daytime and nighttime. Knowing this is important because it helps give you a more clear understanding as to why you need a nighttime skincare routine.

Your Bodies Natural Biological Clock

More commonly know as the circadian rhythm, your body has a natural 24 hour cycle in which it completes certain tasks.  You may have noticed that when you’re up late, you skin doesn’t feel too great the next day. It’s not just a coincidence, it’s basically because you’ve disrupted a cycle your skin has to take. It’s not just your skin that has this cycle, pretty much every cell in your body follows a similar process. As your skin completes different activities at different times of the day, it’s also more susceptible to damage at different times.

Your skin repairs itself at night. Any damage that happens through the day from either UV rays or free-radicals, is repaired at night. Well, your skin attempts to fix it. If you disrupt the cycle, your skin is less likely to follow through with it’s repair function effectively. It’s also known that skincare products increase in effectiveness just before you go to sleep, especially any product designed to have anti-ageing properties.

Why Is It Important

What you put on your skin at night, will have a lasting effect on the new skin cells that are produced. That being said, if you’re looking to target anti-ageing or repair through your skincare, it’s definitely worth considering stepping up your nighttime skincare routine. It’s also important to know that if you have a skin condition such as psoriasis, it actually might be more severe at night, this is because your skin is more susceptible to sensitivity and inflammation when the sun goes down.

If you want to save a bit of time on your skincare in the morning, it’s worth upping your game at night. You can give yourself a head start by using serums and oils that help to add moisture to your skin or to reduce oil production. This means in the morning you skin will naturally have a glow and will require less maintenance.

What Do We Recommend?

We always advise that everyone has a cream, serum or oil that they use at night. You can use this either in conjunction with your morning routine, or set up a whole separate skincare routine all together. We’ve seen an increase in popularity of overnight face masks, and we definitely this is a trend everyone should get on board with. Here are some of our current favourites:

Do you have a current nighttime skincare routine? Let us know your favourite product by tweeting @mankindcouk!



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