UNDERSTANDING SKIN – THE FACTS ABOUT SKINCARE
AUTHOR: AMBER DANSON
COMPANY: ADVANCED SKINCARE CHELTENHAM
LINK: AESTECH TRAINER
Our skin has two main modes; Attack and Recovery and these are activated and controlled by our Circadian Rhythm or Body Clock.
During the day, our largest organ, skin, is in ‘attack’ mode. Actively fighting off invaders like pollution and UV light whilst defending against and neutralising unstable molecules. It works to bind moisture and fight bacteria and viruses that can penetrate the skins barrier. The water and lipid system work to eliminate toxins and the acid mantle is responsible for differentiating between friendly and harmful microorganisms!
Also add temperature control, oil regulation and immune response and the skin is one hell of a warrior during the day!
At night, the skin shifts into DNA repair, cellular detox and cell production mode.
This regeneration phase actually speeds up biological processes up to 3 times faster and around 9 p.m., our skin starts to wind down, too. Melatonin is a hormone that is responsible for sleep and drowsiness. Between the hours of 9 – 11pm, the body begins to release it, enhancing the feeling of tiredness as well
As boosting our skins healing abilities. Now during this “prelude” to sleep, the increase in Melatonin means that the skin is more able to absorb topical treatments and DNA repair is boosted. Then once asleep and melatonin is at its highest level, it works to counteract damage to the skin during the day from aggressors like UV, pollution and free radicals!
So as you can see, the skin has different requirements based on different modes. It is often why certain actives and products are recommended for different times of day. We want to be supporting our skins natural responses when correcting issues and working with our skin, not against it!
This is why you will often see different serums or moisturiser recommendations; your Aesthetician wants you to be using the correct products for your skin dependant on the time of the day!