Sleeping Beauty

23 Feb 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Skincare doesn’t just stop when you turn in so here are some handy tips for some extra TLC before bedtime.

In the morning, you might cleanse, tone and moisturise. But your night-time skincare routine requires more than just a quick swipe with a facecloth. In fact, your skin needs additional TLC before bedtime.

During the day, environmental factors battle against our skin and break down the structural components that keep our skin tight and firm.

Elastin, which is one of these components, is mostly composed of cross-linked fibres that form a durable, resilient web.

In facial skin, this elastin web helps to keep skin flexible but tight. It also provides a bounce-back reaction to its normal shape as it stretches to accommodate normal activities like talking.

As skin ages, the natural cross-linking of elastin fibres is reduced. At night, while you sleep, the skin works to repair and restore its structural components, and actually “opens up” to allow creams and serums to absorb more readily.

You can get the most bang for your buck, then, by applying products with powerful anti-ageing ingredients before bedtime.

“It’s important to establish a night-time skincare regimen to restore skin’s defences and replenish essential moisture,” says US nutritionist Cynthia Sass.

She adds that the skin can lose moisture during sleep, making hydrating ingredients especially important.

To help skin restore itself at night, women should adopt a night-time skincare routine that includes an exfoliating cleanser, a serum and a moisturising cream created for evening use. Sass recommends applying a night-time serum containing beneficial and robust ingredients such as DDF Restoring Night Serum (

This night-time serum contains an exclusive turmeric ingredient that strengthens the moisture barrier and drenches the skin with essential hydration to allow the natural cross linking of elastin.

This helps to repair the look of deep wrinkles for visible results in just two weeks. Women who used DDF Restoring Night Serum saw noticeable improvements. After four weeks’ use, the skin’s surface structure doubled in strength, significantly minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

“The secret to radiant, firm and more youthful-looking skin is a skincare diet rich in robust ingredients,” says Sass.

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