Beauty While You Sleep: What Your Skin Does at Night

You can buy all the makeup in the world,  but there is nothing like beautiful skin that glows from within!  The skin on your face is the canvas on which you apply your beauty products, so making sure that canvas looks it’s best is key!

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We all can relate to the effects of poor sleep on our skin.  Lack of sleep, not going into a deep sleep, or drinking alcohol, can leave you with dehydrated skin, dark circles and puffy eyes.  Yikes!  So what exactly does your skin do while you sleep?  Read on….

First, it is not just the length of sleep, but whether or not you are going into a deep sleep.  During a deep sleep your body is able to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone we produce to deal with stress, or the fight or flight response to danger.  Turning this hormone off at night is so important, as too much cortisol causes inflammation and is bad for your skin, and your health!  It is during deep REM sleep (rapid eye movement) that your skin’s cells regenerate and turn over.  Melatonin, another natural hormone produced in our bodies is higher at night, but as we age it diminishes.  Taking a melatonin supplement 30 minutes prior to bed can help increase the length and depth of your restorative sleep (Note:  always check with your doctor before taking any new supplement).

While you are getting your Zzzzzzz, your skin is fighting and destroying harmful free radicals and boosting collagen.  Free radicals have been linked to aging skin, and we are bombarded by them each and every day. They are in the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. Environmental toxins from air pollution or chemicals such as pesticides can wreak havoc on your skin.  Maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and going into a deep and restful sleep will work wonders for your skin.

Your bedtime skin care routine is super important, as your skin works hard to repair itself at night. Using a good night cream that contains hyaluronic acid will hydrate skin and lock in moisture.  Serums that contain vitamin C helps to stimulate collagen production.  It also helps prevent oxidation, and therefore slows down the visible appearance of aging. Retinoids (or Retin A), a derivative of vitamin A, has been shown to even out skin and promote collagen production as well.  Retinoids should be used at night and sunscreen should always be worn during the day, as retinoids can make skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays.

Lastly, don’t forget to pay attention to the delicate skin under your eyes. The skin here is much thinner and more fragile, so signs of aging tend to show here first.  Combat it with a high quality eye cream that you gently pat on before heading off for your beauty slumber!  Our estheticians are pros, and can help you choose the right products for your skin.  We are proud to carry three amazing skincare lines from Environ, SkinCeuticals and Sothy’s from Paris.  All of these lines contain high quality ingredients, peptides, and vitamins, to help you achieve beautiful skin!

Love your skin by scheduling a professional facial and speaking to your esthetician about your at-home skincare routine.  Your skin will thank you!

 

Environ’s New Revival Masque for Gorgeous Skin

We are so proud to carry only the finest of skin care products in our spa which includes SkinCeuticals, Sothys from Paris and Environ.  Environ has a new arrival, their Revival Masque, which they are branding as their “miracle facelift in a jar”!  This wondrous little masque packs a powerful punch with intense alpha hydroxy acids like lactic acid, asiatic acid and mandelic acids.  Here are what these three alpha hydroxy acids can do for your skin:

  1. Triggers growth factors which assists in boosting collagen formation.
  2. Skin that appears firmer and smoother
  3. Skin that is more hydrated
  4. Helps improve uneven skin tone
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Environ’s Revival Masque

To use:

  1. Pre-cleanse, cleanse and tone with your preferred Environ products
  2. Apply masque in a thin layer for 10 minutes, 2 times a week.  If skin is comfortable then progress to 20 minutes, 2 times a week.  If skin is still comfortable, leave product on overnight for an intensive treatment.
  3. For best results, use in conjunction with Environ vitamin A creams.

Get ready for some compliments on your glowing skin!

Skin Care By The Decade

You may change jobs, places you live, your clothes and lots of other things during your lifetime but the one thing that will stay with you to the end is your skin!  Our belief:  It is never, ever too early to take care of your skin! Did you also know that most of the sun damage we get is before the age of 20?  That is why it is so very important to apply sunscreen from early on in life.  Yes, genes do have some factor in how we age, but it is proven that lifestyle can and does change the outcome, depending on how well (or not so well) you have cared for your skin.  These are some good guidelines for your skin.  Here is skin care by the decade:

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Skin Care in Your 20’s:   

  • Remove your makeup every night (no exceptions!):  It is so important to be sure to remove makeup before heading off to bed!  Makeup, oils and dirt will clog pores which can lead to breakouts and lackluster skin.
  • Use a moisturizer with sunscreen every day:  Find a moisturizer for your particular skin type that contains a sunscreen to protect skin from the harsh rays of the sun.  We get sun exposure daily even if you are not sitting at the beach!
  • Get in the habit of drinking water:  Water is cleansing and hydrating. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon makes it even more so!  Keeping skin hydrated is key to good skin.
  • Think about adding a supplement like Biotin to your diet (NOTE:  ALWAYS check with your doctor prior to taking any supplement) which is great for hair, skin and nails.
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SkinCeuticals

Skin Care in Your 30’s:

  • Continue with the regimen above.
  • Facials:  Facials are beneficial at any age!  We have facials of all types, including:  Vitamin Therapy Facials, Facials for Young Adults and our Signature Facial just to name a few!  Treat your skin to some love with one that is right for you!
  • Add Vitamin C and A:   Skin begins to lose elasticity in your 30’s so being proactive is key!  Using products packed with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and Vitamin A (retinoids) are backed by science.  These little wonders are great for thickening skin, producing more collagen, and helping with discolorations and adding brightness.  We have fabulous skin care lines from Sothys, SkinCeuticals and Environ that contain these vitamins.  Ask our Estheticians which is right for you!
  • Using injectables is a personal decision:  Each of us has the right to decide if using injectables is right for our skin.  If you do decide to use them it is imperative that you see a trained doctor!  There are a lot of offers for inexpensive Botox and fillers and you get what you pay for!  We are proud to have our Medical Director, Dr. Fredric Newman, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, affiliated with us to provide injectables so the look is beautiful and natural.  Fillers and Botox are a great addition to your skin care to prevent scowl lines between eyebrows, crows feet, or forehead lines.  If you do decide to go ahead with it you will be treated in Dr. Newman’s medical office located only blocks away from us!  Again, this is a personal decision and one that you must decide is right for you.
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Sothys Skin Care

Skin Care in Your 40’s and 50’s:

  • Continue with the regimen’s above
  • Try Anti-aging Facials:  Our Ultimate Vitamin Therapy Facial is a luxurious treatment with intense penetration of vitamins.  Our Roll Away the Years Treatment is an extraordinary treatment for aging skin and our Oxygen Facial delivers pure oxygen with 87 different vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids.
  • Menopause in women causes hormone levels to drop and this in turn makes skin even drier, less elastic and cell turnover slows significantly. Skin care during this time is essential and the use of the proper skin care products is extremely important to have skin looking it’s best!
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Environ Skin Care

Skin Care 60’s and Beyond:

  • Continue a good skin care regimen like above and don’t think that it’s okay to stop the sunscreen!  Sunscreen and good skin care are a life long commitment, not only to avoid wrinkles but wearing sunscreen daily is a proactive choice to keep skin cancer at bay.
  • Love your beautiful self!  Can we be any clearer?  Love and kindness towards yourself and others and a zest and joy for life make you fabulous no matter what your age!

Have a beautiful day!  xoxo

DISCLAIMER:  This is not intended to be medical advice.  Always check with your doctor prior to using Vitamin A, Vitamin C or any supplement whether it is taken internally or used externally.  Pregnant women should always consult a doctor as well.