Are you falling asleep at night without removing the makeup or giving your skin the proper nourishment? Chances are that you often wake up with skin that looks dull and dehydrated. By following a proper night skincare routine, you can get healthy and glowing skin every single day.
For young, healthy, and clear skin, it is crucial to give your skin the nourishment it needs during the day and at night (before going to bed) as well. The products you use during the day primarily focus on hydrating and protecting your skin from the sun's UV rays and other environmental aggressors.
On the other hand, night skin care products are ideal for repairing skin cells to ensure quick healing. Anti-aging products also work great at night when your body is at rest.
Naturally rejuvenating your skin during the night has numerous benefits. It makes your skin durable during the day while accelerating skin cell regeneration. In this post, let us understand why a night skincare routine is vital and then go through our expert recommended 5-step night skincare routine.
During the daytime, the skin is exposed to pollutants and environmental aggressors like dirt, oil, pollution, sun, and wind. When these elements build up on your skin, they clog pores. And on the days you wear makeup, you add another layer on top of that.
During the night, your skin finally has the chance to breathe, rejuvenate and repair all the daytime damage. It actively produces new skin cells to improve its texture. When your skin pores are clogged, there is no chance for your skin to breathe and carry out its repair process.
By following a nighttime skincare routine, you help your skin go through the restoration process. Your night skincare regimen should focus on deep cleansing, hydrating your skin, treating your specific skin conditions, and assisting skin cells renewal process.
A simple yet effective nighttime skincare routine consists of 5 steps. Once you start practicing and noticing the results, you would want to follow it regularly. We recommend that you follow it for at least a month for visible changes
The biggest struggle of wearing makeup might be getting rid of it at the end of an exhausting day. But sleeping with your makeup on is considered a big cardinal skincare sin.
Usually, a cleanser alone is not enough to remove the entire makeup. There will be days when your heavy matte lipstick or signature winged eyeliner won't come off even after rinsing five times and scrubbing vigorously. Therefore, you need a makeup-remover that not only removes all your makeup effortlessly but also will leave your skin smooth and hydrated.
Having said that, you will be surprised to know what a makeup remover can do. It can literally save you from various skin concerns, including breakouts, irritation, and premature aging.
To save your skin from the havoc your makeup can wreak overnight, it is ideal to have a solid makeup remover that will ensure removing all the impurities from your skin.
Kama Ayurveda's All Natural Makeup Remover effortlessly removes long-wear makeup without ripping off the natural oils from the skin. It is kind on sensitive skin and very effective on stubborn makeup. The delightful cream texture of the natural oils and butter in the makeup remover fights against dryness, stinging, redness, and post- inflammation breakouts.
The therapeutically decadent blend of Jojoba, Castor Seed oil, and Olive with Shea butter help replenish the dehydrated skin. The makeup remover also helps prevent premature aging while lending skin a healthy sheen.
After removing makeup, the next step in your nighttime skincare routine is cleansing. Cleansing is necessary to remove all the dirt, excess oil, and makeup residue sitting on your skin. Numerous cleaners are available specially designed for different concerns and skin types. Choose the one suitable for your skin type and address your problems effectively.
Tip: Never use extreme temperatures of water to wash your face. This dries out your skin and makes it look dull and lifeless.
Enriched with the goodness of Kama Ayurveda's iconic Kumkumadi Oil, the Kama Ayurveda's Clarifying and Brightening Cleansing Oil brightens skin and removes all the impurities on the skin effectively. The oil-based cleanser clarifies, nourishes, and illuminates; it lathers into a creamy foam to gently remove all the dirt, makeup, and excess oils off the skin.
The cleanser helps maintain the natural barrier while imparting a natural glow to the skin. It also helps break down excessive sebum to keep skin elastic and moist.
Formulated with Saffron, Liquorice, and Indian Madder, this hydrating oil cleanser helps reduce pigmentation and tone and brighten the skin. Centella Asiatica in the product is an anti-aging and anti-inflammatory herb that helps in stimulating skin collagen production and repairing skin damage. Citron fruit, being the powerhouse of Vitamin C, nurtures and enhances the skin's health. It results in a soft, supple, and glowing skin every time you cleanse your face.
Toning is a very crucial step in both day and night skincare routines. Toner helps rehydrate your skin after all the oils have been washed off the skin during cleansing. It also helps shrink pores and remove any dirt that may sometimes be left behind.
Toners are easy to use, and the ones that don't contain alcohol are best suitable for any skin type. Allow your skin to absorb it thoroughly before going on to the next step for better results.
Kama Ayurveda's Pure Lavender water is a gentle floral distillation that hydrates, cools, tones, and calms skin leaving it scented with the pure meditative Lavender. Rich in soothing properties, this toner instantly boosts the skin and reduces stress with its herbaceous fragrance.
Being a great anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, Lavender helps calm and refresh the skin, especially in cool and humid weather. Its calming property makes it perfect for irritated and sensitive skin prone to allergies and rashes. We also recommend Pure Vetiver Water for oily skin types.
Kama Ayurveda's Pure Mogra Water helps balance skin's pH, settle rashes, and provide relief from irritation and tone sagging skin.
The toner can also be used for DIY face and body masks, particularly for drier skin types. Mogra is best known as Sattvic (Life-giving, Transcendental, Pure) and Tridoshic. It is beneficial for regulating Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Doshas. The mysterious fragrance of Mogra is a Psychic Key that can increase mental receptivity to energy vibrations.
Kama Ayurveda's Pure Rose Water is a decadent floral distillation that hydrates, tones, and refreshes skin, leaving it with the luxuriant scent of pure roses. Being a natural astringent, rose water helps balance and restore the skin's pH level and tighten pores. The antimicrobial and antiseptic properties of Rose help fight acne and pimples.
Spot treatments and serums are concentrated formulas specially designed to treat specific concerns like acne, wrinkles, and dark spots. Since they target to treat a particular concern, it is ideal for applying it right after toning. Depending on your skin needs and concerns, you can choose between brightening, hydrating, or other types. Make sure you give time for the product to sink into the skin before going to the next step.
Kama Ayurveda's Kumkumadi Miraculous Ayurvedic Night Serum illuminates and brightens skin while delaying the signs of aging. It is prescribed as an essential treatment in the ancient Ayurvedic text of Ashtanga Hrudaya for glowing complexion and even skin tone.
The Pure Saffron in the serum helps brighten dark skin and gives it a natural glow. The Indian Madder and Banyan tree extract repairs early signs of aging and smoothes fine lines. The cooling and cleansing effect of Lotus and Vetiver help soothe skin and clear blemishes. Licorice, rich in antiseptic properties, protects the skin against all fungal and bacterial infections while improving skin texture.
With the unique formulation of oils and pure ingredients, this 100% natural night serum provides your skin with hydration and helps it look young and healthy.
This anti-ageing face firming oil reduces dark circles, wrinkles and other signs of aging to help you regain youthful, firm skin. It’s clinically proven to reduce dark circles by 31% and firm skin by 15%.
It’s rich in Oleic Acid, an Omega-9 fatty acid that replenishes lost moisture without clogging pores. Anti-ageing ingredients such as Carrot Seed Oil plump skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines and give you an even skin tone. It also has the anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing herb Centella Asiatica to stimulate skin's collagen production and repair skin damage.
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The final and the most impost step in your nighttime skincare routine is moisturizing. No matter your skin type, a moisturizer is a must if you want to wake up with supple and healthy skin every morning.
It’s also important to choose the right moisturizer depending on your skin type. For instance, if you have oily skin, opt for gel-based moisturizer as it will not clog your pores and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. (7) You may skip this step if you have used nourishing face oil in the previous step.
Kama Ayurveda's Kumkumadi Night Cream is the perfect leave-in night treatment for healthy, glowing, and youthful skin. It is rich, non-greasy, and reduces the signs of aging while brightening skin tone.
The unique formula is blended with the finest saffron from Kashmir to brighten your skin and reduce dark circles and pigmentation. Aloe Vera and Indian Madder, with their abundance of antiseptic properties, help prevent fine lines and delay the process of aging. While Lotus and Vetiver cool, cleanse, and clear blemishes, Licorice protects against fungal and bacterial infections.
Read - Which Is The Best Night Cream For Oily Skin?
Kama Ayurveda's Suvarna Haldi Chandan Face Pack is a complexion-enhancing Ayurvedic face mask for smoothness, luminosity, and youthful vibrance. It is easy to use, delicate on the skin, and ideal for bi-weekly use.
Blended with pure ingredients like antibacterial Haldi (turmeric) and soothing, anti-aging Chandan (Sandalwood), the skin-illuminating face pack helps clarify and smoothen skin texture while reducing the intensity and frequency of acne and blemishes.
The natural astringent qualities of Rose help tone and tighten enlarged, open pores. Rich in antioxidants, the Orange Peel protects against premature skin aging due to environmental aggressors. It maintains a toned, supple, and younger-looking appearance.
Kama Ayurveda's Lavanya Natural Plant Mask is a detoxifying and deep cleansing face mask that leaves skin toned, smooth, refined, and refreshed. The unique formulation of Sweet Flag and Liquorice extracts help deep cleanse, tone, smoothen, and even skin texture. Lodhra helps clean the micronutrient channels of the skin, relieving it from environmental damage. Coriander tones, refreshes, and balances out the skin's sebum to leave it glowing and healthy.
Apart from the makeup remover, cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer, you can also include eye creams and lip balms to get better results.
Some experts suggest doing the nighttime skincare routine just before we go to bed. However, in this case, we may end up having more moisturizer on the pillow than on our faces. Our skin needs at least 20 minutes to properly absorb the products into it.
Also, we should remove makeup and cleanse our skin immediately after getting back home. Later, you can space out applying your toner, serum, and moisturizer in intervals between your dinner and chores.
This way, you will be able to do the complete night skincare routine and provide it with all the nourishment it deserves during the night.
While daytime skincare helps protect your skin from environmental aggressors, your nighttime skincare should focus on letting your skin unwind, relax, and repair. As your skin is known to absorb nutrients better while you rest, nighttime is ideal for using rich and nourishing skincare products that might feel too heavy and greasy for the daytime routine.
Some active ingredients in the products are known to react with the UV rays coming from the sun during the day and increase the skin's photosensitivity. So it is always advisable to use active products only at night. This is another notable difference between the day and night skincare routines.
Sleep relaxes your body. When the body is at rest, the cell and tissue repairing process gets activated, and collagen is produced. Therefore, getting enough sleep can make your skin look younger.
Sleep helps your body, mind, and skin remain healthy. As it is called these days, beauty sleep must be at least 7 to 8 hours long.
Just like how cleansing and applying sunscreen before stepping out are crucial for healthy skin, repairing the damage caused to your skin during the daytime at night is absolutely necessary. If you want to wake up with skin that is glowing and beautiful, it is imperative to build and practice a regular nighttime skincare routine that cleanses, nourishes and replenishes your skin so that it will stay healthy all the time.
Shreya Dalela is a certified Yoga instructor and a professional dancer trained at The Danceworx. She’s passionate about Ayurveda and holistic living with over 6 years of experience in doing extensive research and content creation in the domain.
Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (Central Council of Indian Medicine) working in Kama Ayurveda as an Assistant Training Manager.