There are many factors that affect the health of your skin and influence how quickly it ages. As you age your collagen production, cell renewal, and cell turnover slow down drastically. Sun exposure and free radical attacks damage your skin cells causing premature aging. Genetics, stress, and sleep deprivation all contribute to the aging of your skin as well.

With so many things acting against your skin you need to take action and do something to encourage healthy skin. Nighttime is a great time to fight aging due to the fact that your body goes into reparative mode while you are at rest.

Begin your nighttime ritual by gently cleansing your skin. It’s important to remove all of the makeup, dirt, grime, and pollution that your skin was exposed to during the day. Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip away your acid mantle; one that cleans your skin effectively without leaving it tight and dry.

Exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week with a good facial scrub or an at home microdermabrasion system. Exfoliation removes stubborn dead skin cells, stimulates cell renewal, and increases cell turnover. It is an important step that smoothes the surface of your skin and also aids with the penetration of other products.

Boost you skin cell’s energy and accelerate the reparative and healing processes by using a red light therapy device such as the DPL Nuve or the DPL Light. Red light therapy penetrates deep into the layers of your skin stimulating collagen and elastin production while repairing and healing any damage that has occurred that day. Using red light therapy at night will kick your reparative and healing processes into high gear.

Combine retinoids (vitamin A) and peptides at night for a powerful one-two punch. Combining these two incredible ingredients will help to rejuvenate your skin more quickly and effectively.

Getting enough sleep is crucial for the health of your skin. While you sleep your body is hard at work repairing and regenerating damaged cells. While at rest your cell turnover is 8 times faster which is great incentive to get more zzzz’s. Research also shows that your body temperature raises while you are sleeping, enabling serums and moisturizers to penetrate more easily and work more effectively.

Sleep deprivation causes your body to produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is detrimental to your skin because it breaks down and damages your collagen. Therefore, getting plenty of restful sleep is extremely beneficial for your skin.

It’s also important to sleep on your back. When you sleep on your stomach or on your side your skin is squished into folds and creases that can become permanently etched into your skin. Raising your head as you sleep will help keep fluid from pooling under your eyes causing bags and puffiness.

Nighttime is a great time to promote beautifully vibrant and healthy skin. Take some extra steps at this time and the pay off will be skin that looks more refreshed, renewed, and more youthful, it’s well worth it.

Author's Bio: 

Victoria Girard is dedicated to helping others feel beautiful in their own skin. She believes that healthy skin comes from having a healthy lifestyle and making healthy choices. At she offers tips, advice, resources, and product findings so that you have everything you need at your fingertips.