You see them everywhere: an onslaught of masks, serums, moisturizers and eye creams that all claim to give you perfect skin while you soundly sleep. If only it were that easy. So how’s a girl to know which products will deliver?
Leah Chavie, founder of the Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique and Skincare Center, is known for her expertise in skincare. She explains the difference between day and night beauty regimens: “Daytime routines are protective and preventative, geared toward minimizing skin damage. While you sleep, your skin works hard regenerating and correcting itself by balancing oil production and expelling impurities.” Gigi Kane, Chicago representative of Estée Lauder, concurs, emphasizing the importance of always incorporating a restorative serum into nighttime routines. Products like Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum “maximize the skin’s natural renewal process overnight and then during the day will help protect it from environmental assault.”
That said, one size does not fit all. Your routine should be customized to your skin’s hydration level, which is best determined by visiting a skincare professional, especially since Ms. Chavie emphasizes that over-using products is a big nighttime beauty trap. Less is really more. Use products that are multi-beneficial and boost the efficacy of others. And the type of products you use should change as you age: 20-somethings want a light moisturizing cream rich in antioxidants to protect skin, while 40-somethings should use an anti-wrinkle cream to treat deep lines and sagging. Also, factor in diet, lifestyle, stress and sun damage. And the good news, Ms. Kane says, is that it’s never too late or too soon to start a nighttime beauty program.
Main photograph courtesy of Estée Lauder.