Over on our Instagram channel, we've been having fascinating skincare chats with skincare experts from around the world. Our Brand Director, Custodio D'Avo sat down with celebrity facialist Nichola Joss to talk all about the circadian rhythm and our latest Day & Night Ampoules launch, The Swiss Cure. Nichola and Custodio share great tips to hack your body's clock for healthier living and better skin. Watch their full conversation below!
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Nichola Joss is one of the beauty industry’s most revered skincare, self tanning and nail experts.
Not only has her advice and work been featured in some of the world’s most prominent women’s magazines such as Vogue, In Style and Marie Claire, Nichola is the beauty therapist of choice for a bevy of A-list beauties such as Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Gisele Bundchen and Gwyneth Paltrow.
*The Circadian Rhythm is our in-built body clock! The more we're aligned with it the more we can enjoy better health and productivity, but as life happens, things can get in the way of this rhythm that can negatively impact our organs. Everyone has a different circadian pattern where they thrive ('early bird' vs. 'night owl') and a good way to understand yours is to discover your personal chronotype.
*When we fall asleep and rest during the night, our skin 'wakes up' to repair and regenerate our cells. It’s true that some skincare products work better at different times during the day and night. Noteworthy ingredients suitable for daytime include antioxidants, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid. Some key ingredients that work best at nighttime include retinol, collagen, and peptides.
4 Tips to Make the Most of Your Circadian Rhythm:
1. When you wake up, your natural levels of cortisol are already high. Make the most ofthis and delay caffeine intake one hour after waking up so as to not interrupt your natural rhythm.
2. The room where you sleep should be cooler than your living room. Our body temperatures naturally peak and decline during the day, so a colder room can encourage you to fall asleep faster.
3. Cold showers are a great way to stimulate the vagus nerve which is responsible for the regulation of internal organ functions, such as digestion, heart rate, and respiratory rate.
4. Embrace light! Sun is a real, physiological human need. When you wake up, try and face natural light as soon as you can to trigger more alertness. When winding down, avoid blue light which suppresses melatonin, the hormone that helps you fall asleep.