Let’s be honest, skincare routines can be cumbersome for most of us. The time and effort required to do so, especially after a party or wedding (since it is the wedding season) that ends late at night and for which you had spent a substantial amount of time putting makeup on, seems harder than climbing Everest. Another problem is to choose the right products; some products prove efficacious for morning use while others work best at night. There are some products that work well at both times, so we suggest you get those. However, there are some products that just cannot be used other than the prescribed time of the day. This adds a whole lot of complexity. Like our entire body, skin has a circadian rhythm. The skin repairs itself at night of all the damage done during the day. While sleeping, your skin works hard to renew itself naturally, therefore, helping it do that with a proper night-time care routine can go a long way in keeping you look glowing and fresh, and in delaying aging. While there isn’t a one-size-fits all routine, there are some common steps that one can follow every night before bed to make the skin feel nourished and fresh in the morning.
Remove makeup with micellar water or cleansing balm. Choose an oil-based or oil-free formula depending on your skin type. Avoid using any cleansing products that strip your skin of moisture and contain strong acids. A cleansing balm is much friendlier to the skin and dissolves makeup softly. If you can get a separate eye makeup remover, all the better. Some people even use olive oil, especially around the eyes, to avoid the harshness of chemical products.
Follow Up with a Cleanser
Double washing is still necessary, but it is critical to use the right solutions to avoid depleting your skin of its natural oils. Choose a creamy cleanser as opposed to a foam or gel, which may cause your skin to feel a touch tight, especially if you already have dry skin. However, whatever you choose make sure it is gentle on your skin.
Hyaluronic Serum or Lotion
Hyaluronic acid has an amazing capacity to hold 1,000 times their own weight in water, and we are all aware of how wonderful it is. Rich creams are necessary for hydration, but the actions you do beforehand will ensure that this hydration lasts longer during the chilly winter months. Hyaluronic acid is applied with cotton wool as you would a toner, and unlike some serums, they leave the skin feeling nourished rather than sticky.
Layer On a Hydrating Oil
Applying the hydrating formulations in layers definitely helps before applying your moisturizer. After applying your hyaluronic lotion, apply a second layer of nourishing oil to help lock in moisture.
Apply Eye Cream
Eye creams are generally lighter than most moisturizers and are applied on the under eye area. It’s a good idea to add the lightest cream first in your night routine so begin with you eye cream. Also since the area around your eyes gets dehydrated and ages the fastest, it is vital that you treat it first. At night, choose a hydrating eye cream that helps to repair the skin barrier overnight. Apply the eye cream and gently massage it into the under-eye area.
Now comes the most essential part of any skincare routine, the moisturization. At night, your skin goes into repair mode, so a moisturizer that nourishes your skin is absolutely vital. Choose a moisturizer that suits your specific skin type. It is ideal to spritz mist on your skin to lock in all that hydration. HH
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