Everyone notices the changes to their skin as they occur between their 20s and their 60s; fine lines form, then come the wrinkles! Your skin slowly loses its firmness, elasticity and youthful radiance. But why does this actually happen?
No matter how good your genes and how well you take care of your skin, time does march on, and your skin’s metabolism – and ability to renew itself – slows with it.
Turning back the clock
For better or worse, as time travel is not possible, you can’t go back and educate your teenage self about how best to keep your skin youthful. But there are steps you can take to keep your skin healthy, well-nourished and resilient. And getting your rest is an excellent start.
It turns out they don’t call it ‘beauty sleep’ for no reason. It is at night that all parts of your body - including your skin - repair themselves. This is why a night-time skincare regimen is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy and youthful-looking no matter your age, lifestyle or the weather, whether it be moisture-sapping winter chill or sweaty summer humidity.
Skin cells regenerate and renew more quickly at night than during the day. Indeed, studies have shown that this restoration almost doubles, especially when your circadian rhythms are at their peak, between approximately 11pm and 4am.
So it is essential to take care of your skin before you turn in: develop a night-time skincare routine, including a cleanser, moisturiser and trusted anti-ageing products. A night routine assists your skin to repair itself and combats the signs of ageing, leaving you with glowing, healthy skin that feels and looks luxurious.
The earlier you begin this sort of care, the better: indeed, as well as repairing skin damage and ageing, you may be able to prevent it from occurring in the first place. And don’t be afraid to adjust your general skin care routine as your skin ages, as certain factors (including hormonal shifts while pregnant or going through menopause) can have such an impact your skin type may actually change.
Recommended: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream. It has a light gel-like formula that improves skin cell renewal in just 5 nights.
A scientifically-proven recipe for youth
Scientists have long pondered the ageing process of the skin, and how best to combat its visible side-effects, and their work has borne fruit: research shows that the right type of skincare routine – with certain active ingredients – can help to stop the signs of ageing in their tracks, and, in some cases, can reverse them.
Recent ground-breaking studies in cellular bioenergetics (an arm of biochemistry focused on how the cells of living things produce and consume energy, such as through growth and repair) have pinpointed certain ingredients which boost your skin’s ability to repair itself.
These include antioxidants (to help skin damage) such as from olive extract, Vitamin B3 (which speeds up your skin’s renewal), lys’lastine (which boosts elasticity), and amino peptides (which activate collagen, keeping your skin firm and free of fine lines).
What to try: The Olay Regenerist Overnight Miracle regimen packs all of those ingredients in an easy-to-follow day and night routine consisting of the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence, combined with the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream and the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream. Apply the Regenerist Miracle Boost Pre-Essence before the cream to improve the penetration of the active ingredients and deliver 50% more hydration.