Sweet Dreams of Youthful Skin

Sleep rejuvenates our minds and bodies. And it’s not called beauty sleep for nothin’! We always look and feel better when we get a good night’s sleep. To maximize results, you could call on the help of an enhancing product best used while sleeping.

Perricone MD’s High Potency Evening Repair has 400% more Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) and 150% more DMAE than its original formulation. ALA is a newer, highly potent antioxidant and is especially effective as it is both water and oil soluble, allowing it to penetrate all parts of the cell. DMAE is used to help skin cells multiply and expand. Along with Retinol, which helps stimulate collagen and elastin, these ingredients make this product especially effective in addressing wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dull skin and lack of hydration. It may seem expensive at about $95 per two ounces, but the small bottle lasts at least three months.

Nu Skin’s ageLOC Transforming Night is a rich cream that provides deep hydration to reduce the look of pores and fine wrinkles. Ingredients include pea and bamboo extracts and glucosamine, which is a strong anti-aging ingredient blend, and the popular and effective hyaluronic acid, along with ceramide 3, which help lock in moisture. Transforming Night has a luxuriously creamy texture and clean scent, and is about $78 for one ounce.

Decléor, a cosmetic aromatherapy expert for over 35 years, has introduced a line that targets all aspects of aging. Baume Excellence, a balm rather than a cream, uses active plant ingredients and essential oils as its foundation. A new botanical ingredient, Aurone Extract, helps firm and hydrate skin. The balm texture is particularly soothing, especially after a day spent outdoors when your skin feels more dehydrated than usual. About $89 for one ounce.

Vichy’s Liftactiv Nuit is the partner to their daytime Liftactiv. The key ingredient here is Rhamnose, a naturally-derived plant extract, which has been proven, according to the company’s website, to stimulate the papillary dermis, a thin layer of cells just below the epidermis thought to drive skin rejuvenation processes. This, too, is rich and creamy with a pleasant, fresh scent. About $49 for 1.7 ounces.

TIP: To make the most of your nighttime skincare, start with a well-cleansed face.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.