A must in our skin care routine, night cream is the favourite beauty pampering of all beauty addicts.
Exposed to heat in summer and cold in winter, facial skin is put to the test every day. This is why it needs constant protection both during the day and at night. This is why night cream becomes our faithful companion at skin care.
Yes, because the night is the ideal time to care for our skin. During sleep, the skin speeds up the regeneration process and repairs damage by recreating the protective barrier that can be damaged during the day. This is known as epidermal turnover.
What is epidermal turnover?
Let's start with the basics... Our skin is made up of small layers that follow a life cycle, through which cells rise from the bottom layer to the top layer in a continuous renewal.
The cells that have reached the surface have no nucleus and are therefore defined as dead. They are very hard cells and, above all, rich in keratin, which form our skin's defensive barrier. However, as these cells age, they do not allow the skin to breathe and give it a dull and matt appearance, which we can remedy with the right products.
But what does all this have to do with night cream?
Perhaps not everyone knows that during the night this process of epidermal turnover speeds up. This is why night-time skin care is an essential step in caring for and regenerating facial skin. Furthermore, at night the epidermis becomes more receptive and permeable. In short, the products we apply at night before falling asleep will be more easily absorbed.
Night-time regeneration in 4 stages
Night-time epidermal regeneration is divided into four phases.
The first phase is that of intensification of the regeneration process: it goes from about 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is the time when the epidermal barriers are less active, which is why the skin will absorb treatments better.
The second phase sees an increase inmicrocirculation: we therefore see greater oxygenation of the tissues.
The third phase is skin renewal: it runs from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. and allows the actual regeneration of the skin, whereby dead cells are replaced by new ones.
Finally, the fourth phase sees theself-repair of the hydrolipidic film, the skin's protective barrier.
Relying on high-performance facial products is therefore essential to combat impurities, keep the skin radiant and give it elasticity.
What is the difference between day cream and night cream?
Now that we understand what happens to our skin at night, it will not be difficult to understand why there are products for the day and products for the night.
During the day, the epidermis has to defend itself against atmospheric agents, smog, blue light from screens and stress. When the sun goes down, it is time for us to rest and for the skin itself to regenerate.
In short, during the day we need protective, antioxidant and moisturising products, while at night we must rely on nourishing products, which promote epidermal turnover by eliminating dead cells and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
Night cream: our advice on how to apply it
The first rule is to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night, so as not to disrupt our body's rhythms. Have you noticed that when you get little sleep your skin looks tired and dull? This is because lack of rest disrupts the rhythms of epidermal regeneration. So go to bed early!
Before going to sleep, we recommend that you prepare your skin for the hours of sleep and give it the nourishment it needs to wake up full of energy.
To get the most out of your night cream it is essential that your face is well cleaned. Make-up residues are one of the main causes of the appearance of impurities. After cleansing your face carefully and gently, you can apply Refining NightCream to your face.
High- and low-molecular-weighthyaluronic acid helps maintain the right level of skin hydration and firmness and combat the signs of chronic ageing.Abrotane extract promotes the swelling of fat cells and thus has a marked plumping action. The Shea butter and Apricot, Jojoba oil and Panthenol nourish in depth, specially inserted for their strong moisturising and soothing action. The vitamins C and E have a powerful antioxidant action that helps cell renewal and promotes collagen synthesis. Skin is regenerated, moisturised and protected, visibly smoother and softer. It will be a nourishing pampering for your skin!
Apply a small amount to the cheeks, forehead and chin and start applying the night cream gently, working from the centre of the face outwards. Massage until completely absorbed and you will feel an immediate sensation of softness and hydration. Don't forget to apply it to your neck and décolleté as well, so that you can look your best.