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The importance of night cream as you age

http://sailmoonshadow.com/quotes/ There has always been much debate surrounding the age-old question – Do you need a night cream? Often quickly followed by – but why? Whilst the answer to the first one is straightforward, yes, the mystery of the second one remains garbled.

As the founder of http://passionsintoprofits.com/privacy-policy/ Barker and Sloane, a luxurious and natural British skincare brand, I have spent a considerable time in the lab, worked alongside skin specialists and studied the science behind which ingredients actually work and at the same time debunked many of the marketing fables out there.

As a self-confessed country enthusiast, living in the countryside, I regularly put my own skin through its paces by embracing the elements whilst out shooting, bee farming or out exploring with my dogs. And so, I know first hand, the effect that rural life has on skin and I understand both, why everyone should use a night cream but also, which ingredients will provide the best results with simple, easy to follow skincare regimes.

http://k9d.co.uk/2d-manufacturing-drawings/ Unfortunately, as we pass the age of 25, the first signs of ageing begin to appear – I know, shocking right?! But sadly it’s very true! Pesky fine lines are the first to appear, followed by dullness and loss of elasticity. As the skin starts to age into your thirties, it begins to lose its natural plumpness (and your spirits can begin to deflate as you can see the effects of ageing!).

When you hit your 40’s and 50’s, your diminishing collagen seems to be disappearing quicker than the lead at the end of your shotgun… But fret not! It is all completely normal and the ageing process can easily be curbed with a wee bit of love – this is where the night creams come in.

http://offsecnewbie.com/2020/12/12/vulnhub-pyexp/ Stash night creams in your arsenal against ageing!

When you are merrily going on about your day in the countryside, your skin is taking the brunt of the harshness of the environment. Embracing the elements takes its toll, along with dust, dirt, pollution (if you happen to be in the city) and the general ruggedness of British country living. It may not look like it, but over time, the effects of ageing only get more damaging.

Night creams act as a repairing blanket to the skin. When you sleep, the body is relaxed and is able to heal and rejuvenate. A good night cream will be hard at work restoring your face to its previous glory. When you wake up in the morning with a healthy glow and feeling like your skin looks hydrated and ready to go, this is the magic of the night cream.

Day creams work to protect, provide a layer for make-up and hydrate dry skin and are considerably lighter in texture; night creams are denser and cater towards actually repairing and rejuvenating.

Don’t day and night creams just do the same job?

No. The biggest myth buster here is that day and night creams do completely different jobs, so whilst you might think that you can use the same moisturiser for both day and night the actual ingredients will really vary your end results. 

Which night cream should I use?

My main motivation to come up with our own version of a night cream – the Overnight Recovery – was to cut through the marketing gimmicks and formulate something that actually works with sustainable and real British ingredients.

If you are in the market for a night cream, I would highly suggest familiarising yourself with popular ingredients, how they can help alleviate your woes as you age because your needs will vary as you get older. And take it from me, who used to have a very simplistic view of the ageing process – things that weren’t important to me in my 20’s changed when I hit my 30’s and changed even more so in my 40’s….  

The holy ingredients that every night cream worth its salt should have are:

  • Hyaluronic Acid (for plumping and pulling the moisture back into your skin).
  • Peptides (Naturally occurring amino acids whose production decreases as you age).
  • Anti-pigmentation properties and anti-oxidants.
  • Vitamin C, A, and E (Nutritional elements responsible for keeping the skin healthy and looking younger).

However, bear in mind that no amount of skincare can replace the importance of a good night’s sleep and healthy eating. You are only as good as your habits. And whilst we’re talking habits, the single best thing you can do to stop your skin showing signs of ageing to apply a good broad spectrum sun protection cream every day, even if it’s cloudy. 

Now that you are equipped with these pearls of wisdom, better skin days are just around the corner! 

Wonderfully written by our guest, skincare expert, Claire Barker founder of Barker & Sloane.

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