Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise: Night-Time Skincare to Swear By
Amidst all the pollution, lack of water, stress and sleep deprivation, here’s how you protect and nourish your skin.
The skin repairs itself from the day's stress during the night. Its necessary to give your skin equal attention before you go to bed so that it looks rejuvenated the next morning.
Aanchal Budhiraja, Beauty Trainer at Innisfree India and Anuj Mishra, Education Manager at Kiehl's India, have shared the’following nighttime beauty regime to follow:
This is highly recommended. Double cleansing consists of first cleaning with a cleanser such as cleansing oil or cleansing cream. This cleanses oil-based impurities such as make-up and pollutants. Also, follow it up with a cleansing foam to remove any left over impurities before sleeping. The motive here is deep cleansing while being gentle on the skin.
Exfoliate with a scrub or gommage peel or a clay mask, depending on the skin type, two to three times to get rid of dead cells. Exfoliating your skin can really help in rejuvenating it. Do it at least twice a week using the appropriate products according to the skin type.
Use a gentle hydrating toner according to the skin type to refine pores and restore PH level. A good toner as it is a very important step of the skincare routine. It prepares the skin for the next step by minimising pores to the normal size.
At night, applying sheet mask on cleansed skin can be very relaxing. It takes away the stress from your skin and provides essential nutrients.
Treatment and Repair
At night your skin is naturally regenerating, repairing and restoring itself. Rejuvenation is at its peak as cell turnover increases at night. Repairing serum such as salicylic acid for trouble or Vitamin C for brightening and reducing pigmentation and peptides with AHA salt for peeling and increasing firmness can be used. However, they should be applied at night as it is best to avoid these ingredients in sunlight.
A blend of essential and botanical oils can help with the skin’s restorative night treatment. It would also help people of all age groups who are interested in natural repair and rejuvenation of the skin after the damaging effects of the day.
Use a hydrating and repairing night cream to nourish and seal all the essential nutrients from previous steps. A cream should be applied to strengthen the moisture barrier. Use a good, but gentle eye cream for hydration around your eye. One should never ignore this step as the skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on your body, and thus needs special attention. Lock all the nourishment from the above products by applying a good moisturiser according to your skin type and needs
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Sleeping masks are applied preferably three to four times a week. It is applied at the last stage or the cream stage of the night routine. Sleeping masks are generally gel or cream based, and they should be massaged into the skin until absorbed and washed away with water next morning. It provides intense nourishment and a dewy, hydrated skin in the morning.
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