Lancôme’s Best Anti-Aging Serum to Apply at Night
Did you know that the nighttime hours are pivotal for healthy-looking skin? Here’s how to treat your face before you fall asleep.
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Anyone who has ever suffered a bad night of sleep knows that the side effects go beyond feeling foggy the next day. You wake up and your face feels bloated and dry, your eyes are red and puffy, your fine lines look a lot more like wrinkles. It turns out that there’s more to it than looking sleepy. Lack of sleep really is bad for our skin: A 2014 study on 60 healthy women found that sleep deprivation increases visible signs of aging. When comparing good sleepers and poor sleepers, those who didn’t have adequate sleep had significantly more redness, transepidermal water loss (where skin loses moisture, and what leads to dehydration), and compromised skin barrier function. (WILEY) Keep reading to learn exactly what’s going on with your skin at night, how sleep effects your skin, and what types of face care products to apply—like Lancôme’s best anti-aging serum!—before you go to bed to keep your skin at its absolute best.

Your Skin at Night

Nighttime is an important time for skin health, and when you don’t sleep enough, your complexion suffers. So what exactly is happening? The reality is that, although you may be dreaming, your skin is working hard. Cell regeneration peaks, collagen production increases, skin heats up (which causes its loss of moisture), and it produces more sebum, or oil. [Dermal Institute] To cut a long story short: when you’re not getting those Zzzs, your skin can’t repair itself. It also helps, though, to give it the proper tools to get the job done.

The Best Nighttime Skincare

Sleeping Masks

What they are:

Think of a sleeping mask as a blend between the most luxurious night cream imaginable and a cream mask—leave them on overnight to keep your skin protected while flooding your face in moisture. Use sleeping masks whenever your skin is in need of extra TLC, before a big event, or nightly in the winter months when your skin is dry and needs additional moisture.

What to try:

Energie de Vie Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask . If you always look tired in the morning, this is the perfect face mask for you. A blend of cranberry seed oil, ginseng extract, and lemon balm extracts work on signs of fatigue, while the cooling, non-sticky, jelly balm texture melts into your skin, intensely hydrating it so that your skin is looking fresh when you wake up.

Hydra Zen Overnight Serum-in-Mask . This pick is ideal for those who don’t like anything too rich on their face. This moisturizing face mask feels light and airy like a serum. Enriched with rose, moring and peony extracts, it helps soothe sensitive skin—one of the many side effects of sleep deprivation.

Absolue Precious Cells Revitalizing Night Ritual Mask . Infused with rose essential oil and shea butter, the formula of this night face mask has a fresh yet velvety texture. Just brush it on your face and neck before bedtime, let it soak in for ten minutes, and massage any excess onto your face for skin looking suppler and smoothed by 8 am.

Face Oils

What they are:

Face oils are made up of a mixture of essential oils and oils, and are ideal at sealing in moisture and preventing transepidermal water loss. Fans of facial oils love them for their softness, the feeling they bring and the fact that they leave your skin glowing. If you are weary of oily textures, use them at night and you don’t have to worry about them interfering with your makeup.

What to try:

Facial oil and serum Absolue Oleo-Serum is really two products in one: a high-powered face serum and a luxurious face oil. Why you’ll love it: Enriched with citrus essential oil, babassu, and camellia oils which are rich in fatty acids, the formula of this face care product leaves skin looking dewy. Infused with rose extract from the Lancôme Rose, it will help to regenerate skin.

Night Creams

What they are:

Night creams are exactly as their name implies: Creams for the night. They are generally a bit thicker than your daytime moisturizer, and often contain ingredients that are ideal for skin recovery, strengthening your skin barrier (the part of your skin that keeps moisture in and prevents particles from getting in).

What to try:

Absolue Precious Cells Recovery Night Cream . This night cream by Lancôme, which contains rose centifolia flower extract and rose damascene flower oil provides a soothing feeling and is inspired by one of the most classic beauty products of all time: cold face creams, the balmy moisturizers that have been around since the 2nd century and are traditionally made up of almond oil and beeswax. The Absolue Precious Cells Recovery Night Cream has the same balmy, coddling texture as a classic cold cream to help prevent transepidermal water loss and leave your skin hydrated all night, but melts right into your skin without making it turn greasy. Our tip: Use it in mid-winter when your radiator tends to leave your skin feeling like the desert.

Night Peels

What they are:

Your skin cells work hard to regenerate at night, especially between 10 pm and 2 am—making slumber in those hours consequential. But if you aren’t the type who is in bed at 10 pm on the dot, face peels give your skin the boost it needs by exfoliating and increasing cell turnover. An exfoliating scrub is also best for the night because the ingredients of the face peels make your skin sensitive to the sun. Apply one of the face care products below, and don’t be surprised if you wake up with significantly more youthful-looking, velvety-soft skin.

What to try:

Exfoliator Visionnaire Crescendo . To be used over a 28-day period, the exfoliator Visionnaire Crescendo is inspired by the kinds of progressive face peels you would get in a dermatologist’s office. There are two formulas: The first one, which you apply for 14 days, has AHA to remove the top layer of dead skin, while the second one contains salicylic and glycolic acid and exfoliates even more intensely. Use it on clean skin, and then apply the rest of your skincare routine. At the end of the 28 days, your skin will be more even, radiant, pores will look smaller, and fine lines will be a little less noticeable.

Absolue Precious Cells Rose Drop Night Peeling Concentrate . This face peel has two phases: a rose phase that contains glycolic acid and removes dead skin cells, and a gold one, which has argan oil and rose extracts that will keep your skin nourished. Shake the formula, add a few drops to your hand, and apply it all over your face.

Night Serums

What they are:

Nighttime serums are just like your daytime varieties, but can often contain special ingredients that are best used at night.

What to try:

Advanced Génifique Sensitive serum for sensitive skin. After a month, the formula of this serum for sensitive skin will soothe your skin that is suffering from bad skin days. Enriched with ferulic acid and vitamin E, Advanced Génifique Sensitive calms the skin and protects it from free radical damage. Why you’ll want to apply it at night: During the daytime, sunshine can break down antioxidants, making it most effective when you wear it to bed.

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