How Nighttime Skin Repair Works

What skin does at night, and how your night skin care routine can help

September 7, 2021

We all know the importance of tailoring our skin care routines to each finicky season. But to do it twice a day? Our skin takes on a brunt of daily environmental stressors, and it’s up to a good night routine to repair it.

Turns out that even when our body is at rest, our skin is busy recovering from a hard day’s work. This makes it essential to have a proper nighttime skin care routine! We’ll review what happens to our skin during the day versus the night, and how your nighttime routine can set you up for the ultimate ‘beauty sleep’.

What Happens to Our Skin During the Day?

Have you ever wondered why your morning and nighttime skin care routines aren’t identical? The explanation is simple: our skin has different needs to take on the day versus rest and recoup overnight. In fact, you encounter many different daily pollutants that can easily overwhelm the natural reparative functions of your skin.

Environmental stressors from outdoor pollution and UV radiation to free radical damage can (and will) impact the health of your skin over time. Temperature variations like excessive humidity or dry air can also send our skin into a tailspin. Though you may be in an office or at home, skin aggressors like blue light emitted from electronic devices can damage your dermis over time, too.

The big problem with these external skin aggressors is that they can affect what’s near and dear to our hearts – our skin! Lack of radiance, hyperpigmentation, and even garden-variety dry or reactive skin can all be triggered by the elements. Free radicals contribute to premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles, and can wreak havoc on our complexions.

What Happens to Our Skin While We Sleep?

A good night’s sleep does more than thwart the dreaded “you look tired” comment from coworkers. Sleep actually repairs you. While you’re getting a good snooze, your skin is working at a cellular level to recoup and recover itself for a new day. Your body boosts blood flow to the skin, which means you wake up glowing like a goddess (among other perks)!

This adequate blood flow not only helps you wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but also kicks panda eyes back to the zoo. While you’re getting your beauty sleep, the process of cell mitosis or cell division t(hat occurs in order to renew and repair skin) is at its peak. This includes the shedding of dead skin cells, and subsequently replacing them with younger cells. Good morning vibrant, rejuvenated skin!

While some skin functions are on the up flow while we sleep, Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) increases and sebum production slows down. Since our immune system is in overdrive working to renew itself (or fighting of infections or viruses) your skin’s ability to maintain adequate moisture decreases. This is why your nighttime skin routine is so important.

Why Your Nighttime Skin Care Routine Matters

Are you ready for stunning skin in favor of getting more Zzz’s? Floating off to dreamland actually goes hand in hand with an effective PM skin routine.

During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases. Your body’s largest organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, helping to combat wrinkles and age spots.

A nightly face balm could be the missing element in your night skin care routine. It’s a necessity for maintaining deep moisture and encouraging visible results. Our Retinol Restorative Overnight Balm is gentle enough to be used most nights of the week, and contains soothing jasmine essential oil to tone skin (and usher you into dreamland).

For dry skin, adding the Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Potent PM Serum can offer the big bedtime benefits for aging skin. It includes hydrating rose water, hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil, and sea buckthorn oil. For extra dry skin, be sure to seal it in with the rich and reparative Multi-Vitamins + Antioxidants Ultra Riche PM Treatment.


Turns out there is some truth behind the notion of ‘beauty sleep’! By blending a healthy lifestyle with PM skin care and a big dollop of consistent shut-eye, you’re able to give your skin the repair and recovery it needs for a better you. That’s a recipe – and prescription – we’ll take!

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The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.

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