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Dr. Hauschka Renewing Night Conditioner provides powerful oil-free night care for all skin conditions. This unique blend of rhythmitised ingredients enables your skin to complete its natural regeneration processes for night-time renewal: dry skin is encouraged to retain oil and moisture; sensitive skin is soothed; oily, blemished skin is calmed and balanced. Here are a number of night time skin facts from VivaWoman.net
- Skin cell renewal rate is higher
Skin cell regeneration is slightly faster at night than during the day according to Alex Khadavi, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California (source). This was also highlighted in the book “Good Skin” by Ingried Wood. “According to our body clocks, different body cells are more active at different times of the day. Skin cells do their repair work most effectively at night. Research shows that skin cell regeneration almost doubles at night, peaking between 23:00 and 4:00. Production of collagen is boosted, harmful free radicals are destroyed and cell damage is rectified.”
- Skin is more receptive to active ingredients
It is better to apply products with active ingredients in the night as your skin is able to absorb the active ingredients in skincare products better since active ingredients are less effective when exposed to sunlight. In addition, your skin would not have to compete with the other products you apply like makeup or sunscreen to fight the UV rays, pollution and other harmful environmental elements in the day.
- Skin temperature is higher
Skin temperature is higher in the night; the body temperature is lower in the morning, due to the rest the body received, and higher at night after a day of muscular activity and after food intake (source). As such, your skin care products can seep deeper into your skin for better results.
- Trans-epidermal water loss is higher
Trans-epidermal water loss (or TEWL) is defined as a measurement of the quantity of water that passes from inside a body through the epidermal layer to the surrounding atmosphere via diffusion and evaporation processes. According to an article written by the Departments of Dermatology and Neurobiology & Anatomy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, TEWL is significantly increased during the night and is minimal during the morning and that is why our skin can sometimes feel more itchy at night.
Tip: Use products that can provide hydration to your skin!
- Melatonin production increases
Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your body’s pineal gland and your body produces more melatonin when it is dark. Melatonin also helps control the timing and release of female reproductive hormones. It helps determine when a woman starts to menstruate, the frequency and duration of menstrual cycles, and when a woman stops menstruating (menopause). Some researchers also believe that melatonin levels may be related to aging. In relation to skin, melatonin is also able to suppress ultraviolet (UV)-induced damage to skin cells and shows strong antioxidant activity in UV exposed cells. Hence, melatonin may counteract or buffer both environmental and endogenous stressors to maintain skin integrity.
Skin cells are renewed every 28 days. Mirroring this same regenerative cycle, Renewing Night Conditioner should be used for 28 days in place of a toner. Apply nightly, after evening cleansing.
We recommend one 28-day cycle of Renewing Night Conditioner per year for each decade of life (for example 3 times a year at the age of 30). Twist off tab from the top of 1-2 ampoules and empty contents into cupped hand. Press gently and evenly to skin until the solution has been fully absorbed – include eyes, lips, earlobes, neck and décolleté.
Rhythmitised dilutions of witch hazel, madonna lily and silver, along with precious rose, bryophyllum (kalanchoe), marsh mallow and sunflower support the skin’s essential night-time tasks of cleansing, balancing and renewal.