Melatonin, a natural hormone in our body, helps control sleep-wake cycles. It is being actively produced and released into the bloodstream around 9pm. This is the best time to clean your face and let your skin absorb topical treatments. Melatonin levels stay elevated throughout the night. As we sleep, skin renewal and repair processes kick in including enhanced cell turnover. Use ingredients at night that aid these processes, such as retinol, antioxidants, peptides, stem cells and hyaluronic acids. You can boost their effectiveness by getting sure to get a good night's sleep: keep the bedroom screen free (and thus banish blue light - best if done even two hours before bedtime), limit alcohol and have a glass of water before bedt...
Vitamins A, C and E can put you ahead of the curve in the skin game. Why? Vitamin A - retinoids - reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth the skin. Apply at night and lay off if irritations occur. Vitamin C helps fight free radicals that trigger wrinkling and sagging, smoothes and firms skin and fades brown spots. Apply in the morning as Vitamin C has inherent sun protection. Vitamin E helps retain skin moisture, promotes healing and neutralizes damaging free radicals. Look for a serum or face oil as a boost to the daily skincare routine.
We have all heard about them: retinoids, retin-A, retinols… The skincare miracle. The hero of the drugstore. Or do I need a prescription product?
Are you confused? Here is the scoop.
Retinoids are compounds derived from the Vitamin A family. They minimize the appearance of wrinkles, bolster skin thickness and elasticity, slow the breakdown of collagen, and lighten brown spots caused by sun exposure. The tiny molecular size is perfect for topical application: it can penetrate deep into the skin to work its magic.
The difference between Retinoic Acid and Retinol
Retinoic acid (commonly known as Retin-A) and retinol are both in part of the retinoid family. Retinoic acid is found only in prescription creams. Retinol is less potent and...