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Article: Harmonising Your Skincare Routine with Your Circadian Rhythm

Harmonising Your Skincare Routine with Your Circadian Rhythm

Harmonising Your Skincare Routine with Your Circadian Rhythm

The concept of the circadian rhythm, a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours, is not new. However, recent advancements in dermatological science have shed light on how this biological clock not only affects our sleep patterns but also plays a crucial role in the health and vitality of our skin. Integrating the principles of circadian rhythm into your skincare routine can enhance skin health, promote repair, and optimise the effectiveness of skincare products.

Understanding Circadian Rhythm and Skin

Circadian rhythm influences the functionality of skin cells, dictating their repair, renewal, and protection mechanisms at different times of the day. For instance, during the day, skin cells focus on protecting themselves from UV radiation, pollution, and other environmental stressors. Conversely, at night, the emphasis shifts towards repair and regeneration, with increased cell turnover and collagen production.

Morning Skincare: Energise and Protect

Energise: In the morning, your skin is emerging from its nocturnal repair phase and preparing to face the day. Our gentle Oil-To-Milk Cleanser can help remove any remnants of night-time products and oils, leaving your skin fresh and ready to absorb morning skincare products.

Protect: Morning is the time to focus on protection. Antioxidant-rich serums, such as those containing vitamin C, can offer protection against free radical damage. Following up with our Rejuvenate moisturiser keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day. Most importantly, applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays, a crucial step given that UV exposure can counteract the skin's natural circadian rhythms.

Evening Skincare: Repair and Renew

Cleanse: Evening skincare begins with thorough cleansing using either our Nourish Multi Balm or Oil-To-Milk Cleanser to remove the day's accumulation of sunscreen, makeup, and pollutants, which can interfere with the skin's natural repair processes if left overnight.

Repair: Night is when your skin is most receptive to repair and renewal. This is the ideal time to apply products with active ingredients such as retinoids, which can boost cell turnover, and peptides, which can stimulate collagen production. However, because these ingredients can make skin more sensitive to sunlight, they are best used at night when your skin is in its natural repair mode.

Hydrate: Finally, spritz a hydrating toner such as Bloom to give skin a refresh then use a heavier night cream or a hydrating serum which can help lock in moisture, such as our Rejuvenate Face Cream containing hyaluronic acid, followed by a protecting face oil such as Calm, Revive or Nurture, providing the necessary environment for your skin to repair itself.

Adjusting Your Routine to Your Rhythm

It's important to note that individual circadian rhythms can vary, influenced by factors such as genetics, age, and lifestyle. Listening to your skin's needs can help you adjust your skincare routine accordingly. For example, if your skin tends to be drier or more irritated in the morning, consider incorporating a more nourishing moisturiser or reducing the use of harsh active ingredients at night.


By aligning your skincare routine with your circadian rhythm, you can harness your body's natural processes to enhance skin protection during the day and maximise repair at night. This approach not only optimises the effectiveness of your skincare products but also supports the overall health and appearance of your skin. Remember, the key to a successful skincare routine is consistency and understanding the unique needs of your skin at different times of the day.

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