Of course, we’ve all heard of the power of ‘beauty sleep’, but how much does the expression ring true? Does our skin really work its magic while we dream away at night? Well, the good news is that beauty sleep is absolutely not a myth – our skin is indeed able to repair itself best at night, thanks to its natural regeneration mode. But how does this work?
Your skin in the daytime
During the day, your skin is exposed to the elements and is directly affected by your surrounding environment: UV radiation, pollution, and tobacco all have an effect on your skin’s health. Add tiredness and lack of sleep into the mix, along with the stress of day-to-day life, and you have a recipe for skin which shows signs of aging much faster than it should. Your skin is on guard from these external stresses during the day, fighting UV rays and free radicals through antioxidant and melanin production.
Your skin at night
At night, your skin switches from ‘protect’ mode to ‘repair’, and it’s time for the skin to recover from the day’s stresses. Melatonin and human growth hormone (HGH) production are boosted, which in turn accelerates skin regeneration and the production of antioxidant enzymes. Cortisol, the hormone produced in response to stress, can also be lowered through a good night’s sleep. Higher levels of cortisol may correspond to skin discoloration, reduced elasticity, and development of fine lines.
As if all of that wasn’t amazing enough, your skin is also more receptive to topical skincare products at night, as it’s more permeable2. While this means it’s also more prone to water loss, it’s great news, as it means you can really make the most out of the natural renewal process and maximize hydration through your skincare, boosting the regeneration process and helping to fight early signs of aging.
Topical melatonin and its effects at night
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone, and its main job is to help regulate the sleep/wake cycle. The production of melatonin increases at night and helps to promote sleep. Topical melatonin is different, though. Research on topically applied melatonin is now showing that it works while you sleep to help prepare your skin’s natural defenses for the coming day.
Research is showing that melatonin acts as an antioxidant, working to reduce the harm inflicted on the skin during the day. Topical melatonin is also important in a routine with an anti-aging focus, as it helps to protect against free-radical induced cell damage.
How does melatonin work when applied to the skin?
Melatonin penetrates the skin and activates the synthesis of antioxidant enzymes. These antioxidant enzymes work to block free radicals and thus repair oxidative damage to the skin. This means melatonin is a major skin protectant, from free radical scavenging to DNA damage repair.
How can I include melatonin in my skincare routine?
As melatonin has been demonstrated to be effective in reinforcing the skin against oxidative stress, it is an important addition to a comprehensive skincare routine which includes night-time steps. Our revolutionary, innovative 3-in-1 night serum, Isdinceutics Melatonik™, when applied at night repairs environmental stress and damage from the previous day while stimulating natural antioxidant defenses, supporting healthier, younger-looking skin.
How can I use Melatonik™?
Melatonik™ should be applied every night as part of your regular skincare routine. Use the dropper and apply four to five drops in the palm of your hand, then massage Melatonik™ into the face and neck (avoiding the eye area), using your fingertips. You can use Melatonik™ with other products in your regular night-time routine.
Redefine your beauty sleep with Melatonik™ and experience the incredible benefits of topical melatonin.
Sources and references:
Chen, Y., Lyga, J. Brain-Skin Connection: Stress, Inflammation and Skin Aging. In Inflammation & Allergy Drug Targets (2014); 13(3): 177-190.
Matsui, MS., Pelle, E., Dong, K., Pernodet, N. Biological Rhythms in the Skin. In International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2016); 17(6): 801.