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Do Night Creams Work? 2009-10-15 13:00:45

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 US$43 million just for facial moisturisers alone. I can say that I contribute faily heavily to the Australian market for this one, my current obsession is NIVEA Visage Expert Lift Night Cream ($29.99).

"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. Keep reading . . .

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 moisturiser "can improve the skin barrier," she told the Times.

Are you a firm believer in nighttime potions?

Stockists: NIVEA Visage (1800 103 023)

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