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What is the purpose of bedtime skincare?
It is almost 10:30 pm at night. You are exhausted after a long day at work and catch up with friends afterwards. All that you want to do is crash into the soft, cosy bed! And it is so easy to just give in….. just to get into the bed and forget everything……be wrapped in a blanket of blissful sleep…..
But wait! We can’t let you do it. It would be a cardinal sin to sleep without “at least” removing all traces of makeup and a minimum dose of skin hydration with your favorite night cream. And even if you don’t wear makeup, you need to wash the day off i.e., all the oil, dirt and dust that has built up. You may not thank us, but your skin definitely will, for suggesting a good skincare routine at night.
Removing the traces of foreign particles from your skin is the least that you can do to save it from damage. You owe yourself a good skincare routine at night that nourishes, repairs, refreshes and rejuvenates with ayurvedic skincare products like kumkumadi serum, face tonic, night cream. Once the skin changes (which it will with age, there is no stopping it, it is impossible to get the youthful look back. All that you will be doing at that stage will be damage control. We would say that being proactive is better than reactive.
Let’s look at what a good skincare routine at night should look like.
Remove makeup and Cleanse
Even though the quality of the makeup is improving and they are becoming lighter, safer for sensitive skin and may even pack additional benefits like SPF, they can still clog pores and are harmful for the skin and need to be completely removed at night.
Cleansing your face is one of the most important requirements of a skincare routine at night. However, it is not as simple as just washing with water.
With the improving quality of the makeup, they are also much more long lasting now, even up to a day. These makeup products are usually made up with polymers which are not easily removed by the conventional cleansers.
Opt for the double cleanse method, where first an oil-based makeup remover, such as Kumkumadi Tailam, is used, which breaks down polymers and waxes, followed by a gentle non soap face cleanser for any leftovers. You can use a ayurvedic face wash made with pure herbs for better cleansing. You should always use moisturizer for face after cleansing, such as Kumkumadi Tailam serum or night cream.
Slough off the dead skin - Exfoliate with natural Face Scrub
The skin loses its luster as dead skin cells build up and light does not reflect in the same way from the surface of our skin as it does when it is smooth. In order to achieve a smooth skin surface for a glowing skin, these dead skin cells need to be periodically removed. Use an exfoliator - a face scrub - with natural ingredients like turmeric, sandalwood and kumkumadi oil.This combination will exfoliate much more efficiently than just a physical normal face scrub. There are many ingredients in nature which work as a natural source of AHA (alpha-hydroxy-acid) like green apples, so you don’t really have to look for synthetic AHA if you are a natural product lover.
Exfoliating using a face scrub twice a week will have your skin looking smoother, softer and add a radiating glow. As dead skin cells are removed along with dirt and oil, pores do not get clogged preventing/reducing breakouts.
No matter which face scrubs you choose, be gentle while applying it. Vigorous scrubbing can actually cause micro scars.
Use Face Toner for skincare routine at night
The ones who use it can’t live without it and the ones who haven’t, wonder what it is all about?
Face Toners catch the last of dirt, oil or makeup or makeup remover residue while adding a boost of hydration. Natural face toners such as Rose Face Water shrink pores as well as prepare your skin to receive the next set of beauty products and aid in their absorption. Toners also restore the pH balance of the skin.
Face Toners without alcohol are suitable for all skin types. Alcohol can have a drying effect on the skin. Choose a natural face tonic as they are gentle and soothing and their natural fragrance will also refresh and calm your senses. 2 of our favourite face tonics are Rose Face Water and Vetiver Face Water by Blue Nectar.
Use Face Masks for skincare routine at night
A face mask can deliver concentrated doses of hydration and nutrients and the result is radiating a healthy look that you are craving for, within a short period. Though the results are temporary, a face mask gives the additional boost of confidence for that important meeting the next day and makes you feel good about yourself.
Face masks are available in many forms – Cream Masks, Clay Masks, Gel Masks, Sheet Masks, Exfoliating Masks, Peel-Off Mask, Hydrogel Masks. The type of face mask you choose would depend on the issue that you want to focus on.
The instructions on how to apply a Face Mask must be followed, especially the timing for which you should have it on. Keeping it on longer does not necessarily mean additional benefit. It may land up drying the skin or irritating it.
Kumkumadi Tailam Serum – an essential skincare routine at night
By far our most favorite Kumkumadi Tailam face serum for specific skin issues like anti-aging, hydration, acne, hyperpigmentation etc. The formula is light and easy to absorb, packed with nutrients. As the skin cells repair and rejuvenate in the night, it makes sense to include a kumkumadi Tailam Face serum in your skincare routine at night to facilitate this process.
The Kumkumadi serum goes on after a face toner. It is excellent for adding moisture to the skin. Regular use of Kumkumadi Tailam face serum ensures that the hydration level of the skin is maintained.
If you do not have any specific skin concerns then while we are happy for you, you can try a Vitamin C face serum and Bakuchi serum with retinol substitues as well to maintain the glow and slow down the effects of aging and repair the invisible sun damage that is happening all the time but not yet visible.
And if you are unable to single out your concerns then opt for Kumkumadi Tailam face Serum which can take care of most of the skin issues.
Use Dark circle remover cream for skincare routine at night
The skin around the eye is very delicate and sensitive. Most of the skin care products avoid the area around the eye to avoid irritating it. So the skin around the eye doesn’t get its dose of nutrients. We tend to get dark circles with the ample on-screen time that we are all packing now and the added stress and lack of sleep.
This area needs special attention. Using a dark circle remover cream in skincare routine at night can provide the special care required. It not only hydrates and plumps the skin around the eye, reduces dark circles and smooths wrinkles but also provides the nutrients required.
Use Moisturizer for face in skincare routine at night
If skin is bereft of moisture and oils, it stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce oil to naturally moisturize which can lead to excess oil. No matter what type of skin you have (even if oily), moisturizing is an important step that cannot be skipped. If you cannot figure out what moisturizer for face to use, you can always try Kumkumadi serum as it is a unique serum which is suitable for all skin types. It is renowned for its moisturizing properties. Kumkumadi serum also doubles up as an overnight repair serum.
Yes! This is part of our skincare routine at night. The body needs its 7-8 hours of beauty sleep. When our body is at rest, this is the time when the rejuvenation and repair work happen in full swing. It gives the body an opportunity to utilize all the nutrients that you have provided during the bedtime skincare routine at night. This is also the best way to reduce dark circles in a natural way. A well-rested body and mind will provide you a natural glow.
Tips for skincare routine at night
In all your applications of products, do not forget your neck and ensure that it gets equal attention and must use harmless and chemical free serum like Kumkumadi Tailam Face serum.
Between each step, allow a few moments for the product to penetrate the skin before you apply the next one. Thus, whether it’s moisturizers for face, kumkumadi serum or any face cream for women and men - they do their job optimally overnight.
It might seem like a daunting task to maintain the skincare routine at night.But once you start and the results are visible, you will look forward to it every evening.
Convert the skincare routine at night into some much needed “me time” that we all could do more with. Add in aromatherapy, candle lights and some light music. Take this time for mindfulness
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