SKIN SOS: DAYTIME DEHYDRATION
Why your skin’s internal clock should guide your skincare schedule
Did you know that you can tell the time from your skin? Just as you have an internal body clock – disrupted when you experience jetlag – your skin also has its own internal clock, with its rhythms changing dramatically during a 24-hour cycle.
That's why on certain days, your skin can go from bouncy and luminous to feeling like the walking dead. A variety of aggressors – exposure to UV rays, air pollution, an air-conditioned office, even mental stress – all contribute to oxidative damage in your skin, so it's important to know when and how to treat your skin throughout the day.
8AM: Before leaving home, arm your skin with the nourishing hydration of Facial Treatment Essence, which also helps to strengthen the skin barrier function to help retain moisture. Apply a moisturizing sunscreen such as Cellumination Day Surge UV to protect your skin from sun damage.
10AM: Try to curb your coffee cravings and drink plain old water instead. Too much caffeine can dehydrate your skin, so keep a big bottle of water on your desk to remind yourself to drink more throughout the day, helping your skin stay plump and hydrated from the inside.
12PM: After just a few hours of being inside a dry office environment, your skin is already losing radiance and hydration. For a refreshing pick-me-up, spray SK-II’s new Mid-Day Miracle Essence over your entire face. The invigorating facial mist even works over makeup, so you’ll get instant hydration without ruining your look.
1PM: By lunchtime, the sun’s damaging UV rays are at their peak, so remember to reapply SPF before going out.