Why night time is best for taking beauty supplements?

In early May, I wrote an advertorial for Lustre Skin Pro Tablets, which is really a skin care supplement. I started taking one tablet in the night for about a week but soon changed that to one tablet in the day because I wanted to enjoy the UV protection this supplement offers. However, I didn’t really find too much changes to my skin condition and into my third week or so of taking this, I went back to taking one tablet in the night and that’s when I saw a noticeable difference.

And so it seems that when it comes to beauty supplements, timing is everything. Night time appears to be the best for taking such supplements because our skin cell renewal rate is higher at night. In fact, this was what I covered in my entry on 5 things to know about your skin at night.

Skin cell regeneration is slightly faster at night than during the day according to Alex Khadavi, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California (source).  This was also highlighted in the book “Good Skin” by Ingried Wood.  ”According to our body clocks, different body cells are more active at different times of the day. Skin cells do their repair work most effectively at night. Research shows that skin cell regeneration almost doubles at night, peaking between 23:00 and 4:00. Production of collagen is boosted, harmful free radicals are destroyed and cell damage is rectified.”

So not only is it important to indulge in a quality night time skin care routine and go to bed by 11pm, it is ideal to consume your beauty supplement just before bedtime for optimal results unless the instructions state otherwise. And this reminds me of a time when I was younger and my mom would make bird’s nest soup for me but get me to drink half before I sleep and finish the other half in the middle of the night! According to her, that consumption pattern would yield the best results!

Well, I guess if I am taking bird’s nest soup all over again, I would take it all in the night just before I sleep – no waking up in the middle of the night to drink the other half though. But the only problem I see is, I might wake up with puffy eyes due to the fluid retention!

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  1. Jung says

    I bought a pack of collagen tablets – the instructions said to consume 6 tabs just before bedtime. After abt a week, i realised I had to wake up in the middle of the night to pee. Very inconvenient. How shd I overcome this?

    • sesame says

      You either take it half an hour or so before bedtime or just have to wake up in the middle of the night. But are you able to drink lesser water. I usually take mine with just a sip of water.

  2. babybunii says

    What if de skin supplement have to b taken with a full stomach? You cant sleep while feeling full rite?

    • sesame says

      You will have to take it after dinner in that case…does not have to be immediately before bedtime.

    • sesame says

      If you’re taking it for the skin, then night time after dinner would be better. I understand that fish oil is best taken with a full meal.

  3. Shelly says

    Thanks for the tip Sesame! Shall try it out! :)

    Btw, random question, are there any body lotions to recommend that can make the skin softer?

    I tried olive oil, which I slapped on religiously everyday but I don’t see much result after a month and the oiliness after that gets kinda uncomfortable on a hot day.

    Thank you!

    • sesame says

      I quite like the Natralia Nourish Naturals Dry Skin Lotion. Found it light and fairly moisturizing. But typically, I don’t see a lot of improvement applying lotion to my skin except that it keeps it more moisturized when I use it. The reason is because they do just that – moisturize. They do not provide longer term effects like our facial care products.

  4. Michelle says

    Wow, that’s a good tip and great article too. :) Now I know to take certain things before bed.

    Also, which is better at dissolving milia seeds? Sea buckthorn oil or Grapeseed oil? The former sounds good but it seems some people developed reactions to it.

  5. Issa says

    you’ve got great tips there sesame! very informative post as always! i learn a lot from your blog!

  6. louise says

    Dear Sesame, thank for this wonderful topic, lately this has been pondering on my mind for quite a while, I read that the optimum time that the body utilises vitamins are from 5am-8am when your body begins to seek fuel and nourishment? with this i would take multivitamins with added zinc, then brunch i would include B12 vitamin, then lately i have been considering taking the fish oils for night time too to get the best results, however i wonder after reading that the body flushes out extra vitamins & minerals I wasn’t sure whether night time was a good idea? for example would you say in the morning you have noticed your skin looking more vibrant/nourished? I am very keen to try out this night time supplementing as my skin is in need of a little rescuing from the stress lately!

    • sesame says

      I’ve read that there are optimal hours for our bodies to take in vitamins but it’s a bit much to go into those so here I only focus on those for the skin. If you’re taking something for the skin, night would probably be the best. If it flushes out, it’s more of the excess so I think it’s ok. Well, at least when I took the supplement in the night, my skin looked better than when I take it in the day.

  7. AishahJ says

    I’m a new follower!! And so far i’m LOVING your blog!!
    Jus wondering..
    i’ve recently started to take supplements for my hair(it’s been dropping a lot due to years of rebonding..boohoohoo:(:( )
    i’ve been taking it right before i go to bed but i’m not sure if it’s the best timing..
    i’ve not seen any diff since i’ve only started taking it a few days ago..
    can u please advise on the right time to take it?

    THANKS!! <3

    • sesame says

      Hi Aishah: Thanks for coming by my blog and I’m glad you find some of the info here relevant for you. :)

      If you’re taking supplements for hair growth, then it might be better to take during the day because hair actually grows slower while you are asleep then when you are awake. You might have to use some external serums, etc to aid in the hair growth as well. Try Regaine…many pple said it helps them.

      • AishahJ says

        OMG i didnt know that i’ve been taking it at the wrong timing!!
        ok ill switch to taking it in the day starting from tml!!
        n mayb ill look into Regaine.. need all the help tt i can get to grow back my hair!! haha

        and thanks for replying so fast!!

        • sesame says

          It also grows in the night so no worries…but from what some are saying, seems more growth in the day. I think it’s not that you’re taking during the wrong timing but such supplements take a long while to be effective. I was taking them in the past too – also did not see much effects.

  8. says

    love your style of blog! Night time skin tips very good.
    I have a night cream that is programmed to help you sleep if you’re interested?
    testimonials are on the website. Do let me know.

  9. Corinna Foong says

    Your comments about taking bird’s nest at night reminds me of the times when I’ve already gone to sleep only to be awaken by my mum who insisted that I had to wake up to drink my bowl of bird’s nest. Of cos, I grumbled about having my sleep disturbed and asking her why didn’t she prepare it earlier so that I could consume it before I slept! (ignorant me)
    Thanks for bring up this post about when’s the best time to consume beauty supplements as I’ve been wondering about it lately.

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