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Do Night Creams Work?

Do Nighttime Potions Really Work? Yes and No.

The nighttime skincare market is a booming business, with sales for the first half of the year reaching an astounding $43 million just for facial moisturizers alone. "At nighttime, skin does its repair," StriVectin's Kristine Cryer told the New York Times. That sounds believable, but does our skin really get that much extra benefit from specifically formulated nighttime treatments?

Just as other organs in our body are able to distinguish day from night, so can our skin. However, many dermatologists say that there isn't enough proof to claim that skin-repairing processes go full force during our sleeping hours. "We are constantly repairing our skin and responding to stressors," dermatologist Dr. Jenny Kim told the paper. "Our skin doesn’t wait for nighttime repair," she adds. On another note, cosmetic companies, which don't have to follow quite as strict FDA guidelines as drug companies, can often get away with self-pimping their product benefits without much question.

What research does show, however, is that after sundown, blood flow increases. "When blood flow is increased to skin, surface area of the absorption will increase," Dr. Kim explained. Also, during the nighttime hours, the temperature of our skin rises, and our skin can become a bit drier. Therefore, a moisturizer "can improve the skin barrier," she told the Times. What do you think on this topic? Are you a firm believer in nighttime potions, or are you just fine with your simple cleanse, tone, and moisturize routine, thank-you-very-much?

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Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
I think it makes total sense that your skin would be more able to repair while you are sleeping. Your body is basically just in recharge mode and oil production is down and blood flow is increased. Plus who wants to walk around with goop on their face all day when you can look crazy while you sleep?!
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