The Skin’s 24 Hour Schedule – Because for skincare, Timing is Essential

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You don’t want to have a taxi to be on the clock or an attorney, but your skin is something different. Your body functions on an internal clock that signals when to go to sleep, wake up, eat and even heal. People who work at often have difficulty sleeping, because their schedule is counter to the internal clock in their body. While a light late night breakfast might be yummy occasionally, a surf n’ turf breakfast with mashed potatoes and a second dinner within a few minutes of beans and ham or a cheese cake may be a bit more than your stomach or entire system could handle. That would be totally out of sync with your internal clock.

Your stomach and digestive system aren’t the only parts of the body that “are on the clock.” Every organ in your body has it’s own internal clock, including your skin, which is the largest organ in the body….and also the fastest growing one. That means there’s a good time to do everything related to skin care, whether it’s moisturizing, exfoliating or even shaving. If you haven’t had good results with some of the creams and serums you’ve been using, it may be you aren’t timing their use properly. You may have missed the moisturizing moment or the perfect time to exfoliate your skin.


Early morning 7 a.m. To 10a.m.
In the early morning hours, you often find your face puffier than at any other time of the day. That’s because of the pooling of the lymphatic fluid that pools during your sleep, particularly in your eye area. This is the time to try out that eye mask, or try those cold compresses you put in the refrigerator. You can also reap rewards from using an eye gel, particularly if they include organic materials such as chamomile, cucumber or briar rose.

Skin is at its most sensitive right now
Don’t even consider exfoliating right now, or even a facial massage or deep cleansing. Your skin is extremely sensitive in the morning, so using plain cold water with a mild cleanser, followed by a toner is all your need.

Mid-morning to early afternoon 10 a.m. To 1 p.m.
Hormones that help reduce the feeling of pain, such as endorphins (natural painkillers) or dopamine, are higher now because of increased activity. That makes this a good time for plucking, popping or waxing. If it hurts, do it now.

This time is especially good for those who go in for Botox treatments or fillers, particularly since you seldom lay down in the middle of the day, which can cause leakage, just as rubbing the area can. If your face leaks, you’ll end up with unevenness and drooping, which isn’t attractive at all.

Mid-afternoon 1 p.m. To 3 p.m
Every part of your body is awake and functioning well, including your skin. All the natural barriers peak at this time and your skin is at its best. If you want to do an exfoliating treatment, now’s the time to do it. It’s also a great time to schedule a clinical micro-dermabrasion or do your own DIY peel.

This is also the time the sun is at it’s highest and your skin is far more prone to damage from its rays. Just spending twenty minutes in the sun at this time does more damage than if you spent two hours in the sun from 8a.m. to 10a.m. This is the best time to reapply sunscreen.

Late afternoon 3 p.m. To 5 p.m.
Your oil glands in your skin are working at full force at this time, pumping out lots of oil to protect the skin, but make your face look like an oil slick. Androgens, male hormones, rise at this time and increase the production of sebum to its peak. You can use a blotting paper to absorb the extra grease and then apply a thin level of translucent matte powder.

Early evening 5 p.m. To 7 p.m.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re driving home from work or out working in your garden, this time of day the pollution level soars. Pollution equals free radical damage to skin cells. If you have enough damage done, it causes premature aging and cell death. Use an anti-oxidant moisturizer with vitamins A, C and/or E to help prevent this.

Working out can help improve circulation, improve your immune system and help feed your skin cells, while also eliminating many toxins through sweat. Manchester Metropolitan University did a study that showed working out at this time benefited from high levels of energy, as well as the fact you’ve had all day to warm up your muscle tissue and joints. If you do workout, don’t do any beauty treatment for at least two hours afterward. When you workout, your body temperature rises and decreases the natural barriers that protect your skin. That can make it extremely sensitive.


Evening 7 p.m. To 9 p.m.
At this time, blood vessels tend to be most dilated, which causes a rosy glow everywhere, which isn’t always the most attractive. Concealer will help reduce the visibility of the vessels and the red splotches that can sometimes appear.

The increased blood flow to the skin also combines with a drop in the endorphin levels as you relax. You’ll start to notice all the aches and pains, plus all the skin irritations caused by bug bites, allergies and eczema. It may be time to break out lotion that can help relieve these problems.

9 Pm – 11 Pm
Your face is more receptive in the evening, when skin temperature is higher and the surface layer more porous, allowing for greater penetration of active ingredients. Start by washing away makeup and grime to prevent clogged pores, blackheads, breakouts and lackluster skin, along with providing a clean canvas for treatment products, helping them penetrate faster and work better. Now is the best time to have a warm, relaxing bath and a cleansing facial massage, followed by the heavy-weight treatments.

Late night—anytime after 11 p.m.
If you’re sleepy now, get to bed, if not, you’ll be missing out on the best time to get maximum benefits for your skin. It’s often said that for every hour you get to bed before midnight, it offers the equivalent benefit of three hours after the bewitching hour. Your body’s peak production of melatonin occurs at this time, so you’ll get the deepest night sleep.

About the Author Calleigh

Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.

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