Skin Care

Skincare's Overnight Successes

How to sleep your way to stellar skin

Science has shown us that sleep is essential for everything from our metabolism to managing stress to feeling more focused and energized during the day. And with so many of us juggling work/life at home these days, the sleep struggle is real. But besides all of the above benefits, did you know nighttime is also the right time when it comes to some exceptionally effective skincare magic? If you're looking to be an overnight success and boost your bedtime routine, read on.

Much like our bodies and minds, our skin is under stress during the day. From indoor heat in the wintertime to outdoor pollution, sun, and all of that blue light from screens, our skin is in a constant state of stress. In the evening, our skin is in recovery mode and needs to rest and recoup. At night, the skin is activated to rejuvenate while we sleep. 

Two ingredients are particularly dreamy when it comes to PM skincare, lactic acid and Retinol.

Unlike other Alpha-hydroxy Acids (A.H.A.s), Lactic Acid has the unique ability to improve skin's natural moisturizing factors while gently resurfacing dull, dry skin. Exfoliation is essential to get that gorgeous, well-rested glow. Because of their photosensitivity, A.H.A.s are better to use at night. Lactic acid is great for hyperpigmentation and helps transform a dull and tired complexion while improving skin tone. And unlike other A.H.A.s such as Glycolic Acid, lactic acid is a bit more easygoing so that you can wake up to super smooth, baby-soft skin and a renewed radiance.

 Retinol is another ingredient that is often called the "gold standard" of skincare. A potent anti-ager, few ingredients are as infamous as Retinol. Because although it's hyper-effective on lines and wrinkles, slack skin, and dullness when misused or formulated the wrong way, it can be a bit of a problem child, resulting in sensitivity or irritation. But with technology and innovation, Retinol has been reimagined to deliver all the benefits without irritating and nourishing our skin while we sleep.

Here are a few recommendations helping you wake up to the benefits of a pm routine:

For dramatic skin renewal in just one night, give our new Lactic Acid Nightly Retexturizing Serum a try. It works like a dream for improving skin texture and luminosity while exfoliating & clarifying for super-soft, ultra-smooth skin. It also visibly reduces fines lines and the look of pores.

Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer: Get ready for the best beauty sleep of your life. This supercharged anti-aging cream with Retinol works overnight to take on visible signs of aging for a more refined, youthful-looking appearance. This intensive overnight moisturizer helps restore skin to its healthiest state by supporting skin’s four essential building blocks (proteins, micronutrients, water and lipids). Retinol helps improve cell turnover, visibly enhance firmness and elasticity and diminish the look of lines and wrinkles, Skin appears more refined and youthful-looking overnight.

Our reimagined Retinol delivers all the benefits of Retinol without the irritation. We recommend layering S.T.A.R. Light™ Retinol Night Oil underneath a non-Retinol moisturizer or over a non-Retinol serum. Plus, don't let the word "oil" fool you. This ultra-light formula nourishes like an oil but absorbs fast and without a trace. Pair with our award-winning Advanced Retinol Eye Cream for an overnight success.

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