Reader Shweta asked me to giveout some tips on night time skin care routine. I am very particular about my night time skin care routine. I am willing to skip putting makeup on my face during the day, but I never skip my night time routine.
Many people consider using a nighttime serum or moisturizer as either being too high fussy, not necessary or one more annoying extra step to do before going to bed.
Another common excuse is that they want their skin to “breathe” and use nothing after cleansing. But while we sleep every night, our skin cells are renewing themselves and recovering from a day’s worth of exposure to the sun, environmental factors and stress. They need all the help we can give.
Some of the advantages of incorporating a nighttime skincare routine include:
· Minimizing uneven skin tone or discoloration.
· Reducing common skin concerns such as breakouts and redness.
· Brighter, hydrated skin that takes on a “plump”, healthy glow.
Every night time routine should address the following steps:
3. Special Treatments (acne, anti-aging)
However a night time routine need not be elaborate and complicated. I used to have a 3 product routine until a week ago. Now I have a 4 product routine. Simple, non-fussy.
Night Time Skin Routine: I have combination skin – an oily T zone accompanied by very dry skin on the rest of the face. Below mentioned routine and products are what suit me best. You should alter your routine according to your skin type.
1. Deep cleansing and moisturizing: not removing makeup and dirt before you sleep has been proven to accelerate aging by up to 8 times, So this is crucial essential step.
Since I have dry skin I use a cream cleanser – which is basically cold cream. I use Jergens all purpose face cream (ingredients: Mineral oil, water, beeswax, costs some 190 Rs for 400 ml) and slather it all over the face and rub it in well for 2 – 5 minutes. Also in oder to help mascara come off gently I just apply the cream to the lashes and let it dissolve the mascara for a minute or two.
Post this I wipe off all the cream with a moist wash cloth or cotton, and repeat to ensure complete deep cleansing..
This is a dual step, the oil penetrates the pores and has helps dissolve the sebum, dirt and makeup and it also moisturizes at the same time. Wiping with a wet cloth ensures that essential moisture is not sapped off my face and it leaves my skin with a light layer of oil.
You can also use any cold cream or plain baby oil / mineral oil for this step.
2. Every alternate night I apply a thin layer of Ponds Age Miracle night cream
3. A swipe of Neutrogena Lip Balm and I am ready to hit the sack.
4. I now follow this up with my newest addition to the routine: Blossom Kocchar’s under eyecream.
This is my night time routine. I have been following this for the last 4 months now and haven’t broken out despite all the oil. In fact any zits that I do get once in a while have now begun to clear up in 2-3 days. My skin is looking clearer and it is softer.
I apply a body lotion in the evening pre-dinner when I am watching TV. Not everyday though. Just 2-3 times a week.
And I also apply a thin layer of the same Jergens Cream on my feet, wear some old cotton sock of hubby and go to sleep. My feet are happy in the morning. I had been neglecting them for quite some time – the result, painful sores and cracked heels. Made it difficult to walk. Now they have happily recovered. You can even use petroleum jelly, it gave equally good results to me.