Skin Solutions


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 and dehydrated 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 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 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.

4PM: Your makeup has all but melted off by the late afternoon, and your skin looks dull and dehydrated, resulting in either scaly dry patches or a greasy T-zone from excess sebum production. Instead of layering on more powder when your skin starts to look oily, which can clog pores, press your face with blotting paper or a clean tissue to get rid of excess shine. Then spray on Mid-Day Essence again to reinvigorate your skin.

5PM: Did someone say tea-time? If you need an afternoon snack, try to resist sweet temptations and instead, grab something high in anti-oxidants and vitamins – like almonds or blueberries – to nourish your skin from the inside while satiating your hunger pangs.

7PM: You may have spent all day in the office, but your skin doesn’t have to look like it. Reach for Mid-Day Essence one last time to give your skin an extra boost of hydration before going for after-work drinks.

11PM: Before falling asleep, remove all traces of makeup with a cleanser like Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil and follow your nightly skincare regimen, making sure to include Facial Treatment Essence to soothe your skin and restore its moisture after a long, tiring day.