Morning Glory

Nighttime skin serums are like an energy drink for the skin, from herbal organics to anti-ageing botanicals and probiotic advancements we look at popular ingredients used in night time skincare.
DID YOU KNOW? Skincare range Dr Hauschka is said to harvest some of their plant based ingredients before dawn when the active ingredients are in their most concentrated state. 'Harvesting plants before dawn is a speciality', explains gardener Bernhard Ehrmann. 'At this time the plants are in a very concentrated state. If you are familiar with the natural rhythms, you can watch out for them ' and use them.' Your body is finely tuned and respond to the environment and natural cycles whether you want it to or not. Everyone has what's known as an autonomic nervous system. Within this system is the sympathetic and the parasympathetic system. The sympathetic is your day-time action, fight-or-flight system. At night, your parasympathetic system kicks in; it's known as the rest-and-digest system. Every living organism has a system ' even flowers respond at night differently to during the day, protecting their pollen from dew, or opening themselves up to night time pollen distribution.   It stands to reason, then, that you need to treat your skin differently at night than you would during the day. Your skin works pretty hard at night; studies have shown that cell turnover is eight times higher at night than it is in the day. Hormonal changes at night mean that your blood flow is boosted and your temperature is usually higher than normal; this is good news for serums that need to penetrate deeply.   The higher temperature and the fact that you're not hydrating at night means that dehydration is common ' this is why nigh creams and serums are usually deeply hydrating. Give your serum help by cleansing your skin well to remove any blockages to its path under the dermis.   So what's best for skin at night? We list some ingredients you'll want in your night cream: Hyaluronic acid ' is a natural humectant that assists your skin in holding water, so it looks smoother in the morning. For dark circles under your eyes, use an eye serum that contains Vitamin K ' it's power is in pushing away unoxygenated blood to make space for fresh blood Probiotics are showing great results for rejuvenating skin ' they are known to reduce the inflammation that can trigger certain skin problems. Topical probiotics ' applied directly to your skin, is becoming a highly popular night time ritual as there is some evidence that probiotics also help build collagen. Tip: Experiment with Greek yoghurt left on for 10 minutes before bedtime ' you'll be pleased with the results Sage, like many herbs has antibacterial and antifungal properties ' but sage is also an anti-inflammatory and is high in antioxidants, which makes it great for keeping skin young and moisturized. Argan oil is packed full of Vitamins A and E as well as omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid and antioxidants Almond oil is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic. It's a gentle oil that also smells amazing. Daffodil ' IBR-Dormin is an extract from the daffodil bulb and it's brilliant at ending dryness because it normalizes the rate at which cells are produced; when your skin is dry, your cells form to quickly to be healthy. Rosehip seed oil ' full of Vitamin C that fades pigmentation and eats up free-radicals, as well as being a natural source of retinoic acid, linoleic and linolenic acids, this is a fantastic ingredient for skin care. Vitamin C ' one of the must-haves in skincare for its powerful antioxidant action.   PANTRY BEAUTY If you've run out of time to go shopping for your favourite night cream or serum ' you can find a highly effective and natural solution in your pantry. Coconut oil ' such a versatile oil, this strengthens skin tissue, assists in removing dead skin cells and is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant Raw honey might be a bit sticky to leave on all night, so a before bed mask might be best. Raw honey is one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids.   WHY NOT DIY? Here's a recipe for your own night time face cream Ingredients 700ml    pure beeswax 700ml    almond oil 700ml    coconut oil 1 tsp    rosehip seed oil 2Tbls    green tea leaves Method Combine the beeswax, almond oil, coconut oil and rosehip seed oil in a double boiler Allow the tea to seep for a few minutes in warm water Add the tea to the double boiler and mix Once the beeswax has melted, stir and let it cool for a minute Strain through a fine sieve Whip the strained mixture in a blender until it's smooth and fluffy. You can keep the cream in a sealed glass jar for a week ' apply to a clean face before bed.   DID YOU KNOW? A few simple yoga poses can increase your skin health. All inverted postures and forward bends increase the blood supply to the head and this helps your skin glow. Some examples are: cobra, plow, shoulder stand, triangle, child and fish poses.  

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