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Can my night cream heal my skin while I sleep? Here’s all that you need to know about your nocturnal beauty potion.

With almost every other Instagram account posting their preferred AM-PM skincare routine, it is quite natural to review our own regime and ask ourselves if we are indeed treating our skin well. The answer is yes, as bloggers, beauty experts and dermats suggest, your skincare needs to be different for morning and night. To understand that, it’s first important to know what do we need to address through these two routines. For me the purpose of morning regimen is to protect skin from environmental damages and the night care is for soothing the damages the skin has endured through the day and helping it revive and rejuvenate for the next day.

Night Cream Is As Important As Sunscreen

Woman applying night cream

If you have started taking sunscreen seriously then it is time for you to respect the importance of night cream/serum/gel/oil as well. Just protecting your skin from the sun is not enough. Our skin needs a good dose of TLC to revive from the onslaughts of the day. Therefore, apart from a gentle yet thorough cleanser, look for products that soothe, hydrate, repair and rejuvenate your skin. We must also bear in mind, that despite the awareness that it’s not enough to apply sunscreen once in the morning, very few of us follow the rule of reapplication. Hence, night care becomes even more important.

How Should I Choose My Night Cream?

It is important for you to be aware of your skin needs. To get started, refer to the Regime Planner for an appropriate night cream. It will help by eliminating the possible errors in selecting your night cream. By assessing your skin type, concern, age and routine it will rate the efficiency of your regime and help improve it too. Here are some broad guidelines to help you select the best night cream for your skin type:

  • If you have sensitive, irritable skin that’s prone to rashes and breakouts, Avene PhysioLift NIGHT Smoothing Night Balm would be just right for you. Infused with the brand’s legendary thermal spring water that’s proven to calm and manage severe conditions like psoriasis; Aveneproducts are indeed the best choice for calming and hydrating sensitive skin.

 

 

  • Your night could also have ingredients that are photo-sensitive and therefore, can’t be in your day care regimen. Ingredients like retinol, vitamin C and kojic acid are best used at night for removing pigmentation and boosting cell renewal. At times to pack these ingredients into my skincare night regimen, I add a drop or two of orange essential oil with Retinol A .025% ointment and apply that on my face before going to bed.

 

  • Night creams are often empowered with intelligent ingredients like coenzyme Q10, LHA, Hyaluronic acid and Pro-Xylane that through regular use can offer results akin to in-clinic treatments. Some such recommendations include L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Anti-Ageing Night Cream and Sebamed Anti Ageing Q10 Protection Cream 50ml. 

 

Sleeping Beauty

One of the main reason why my skin has been good to me is because no matter what, I have never compromised on my mandatory 8-hour sleep. My nocturnal skincare routine is to be credited for my good sleep which in turn has given me the skin I have today. When we sleep our body boosts blood flow and that in turn imparts the skin with a natural glow. Whatever night cream you choose, always take a minute out to gently massage it into your skin. The massage helps in making the best of the product and also soothes the body and mind, preparing it for good sleep. I also try to include ingredients like lavender or jasmine essential oil to induce calm. My “beauty sleep” cream is a mix of 50 gm of aloe gel with two drops each of jasmine, rose, neroli and lavender essential oils and a teaspoon of rosehip oil.

Before I sign off I would like to leave you with just one advice – the best of night cream will have no effect if it is not used daily and consistently. Like everything else in life perseverance is the key to achieving what you want.

 

Be Your Own Beautiful!

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