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Beginners Guide: Night Skincare Routine

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There’s an ounce of truth in the whole ‘Beauty sleep’ concept: Your skin goes into repair and regeneration mode when you sleep, and it absorbs the nutrients from your products better than during the daytime. So, if you want to wake up to the skin of your dreams — we’re talking plump, bouncy and dewy skin, then you gotta follow a nighttime skincare routine. Here’s a quick, step-by-step guide to help you get started with your nighttime skincare routine along with some product recommendations.

Night Skincare Routine Steps

Step1: Cleanse

Eliminating all the dirt, makeup and pollution from the day is the first step of any nighttime skincare routine. A deep cleansing ritual helps remove all impurities and clears your pores, preventing issues like acne and dullness. Remove your makeup with micellar water or any other trusty makeup remover. Massage your skin with a cleansing balm to break down dirt and makeup, and follow up with a mild face wash. If you are mostly indoors or grapple with sensitive skin, stick to only a face wash, as too many cleansers could irritate your skin. We recommend Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild for a gentle yet thorough cleanse. Use your cleanser for at least 60 seconds to help the product thoroughly cleanse the skin. Top this up with an alcohol-free toner to clean off any remaining dirt and balance the pH level of your skin.

Step 2: Treat

Target specific skin concerns with active ingredients and treat them while you sleep with a serum of your choice. Serums are a sure-fire way to level up your nighttime skincare routine and boost skin’s health. Using a serum with Hyaluronic acid can benefit almost all skin types as it pulls water from the air and keeps your skin hydrated while you sleep. Also, Retinol is the real superstar when it comes to boosting collagen production, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fighting free radical damage. Try the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate Serum or the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum which works to replenish the skin overnight. Next, opt for an eye cream that nourishes and soothes the delicate under eye area and works to alleviate your dark circles and puffiness. Look for ingredients like peptides and caffeine which can boost hydration, reduce puffiness and diminish fine lines. We recommend WishCare Collagen Boosting Under Eye Cream For Dark Circle, Puffy Eyes & Wrinkles - Coffee & Almond.

Step 3: Moisturise

Finish off your nighttime skincare routine with an occlusive formula that seals in moisture and deeply nourishes your skin. The goal is to ensure that your skin stays hydrated overnight and you wake up to skin that feels plump and soft. You can pick face oils or a night cream or both, depending on your skin texture. Pair the night cream with a sleeping mask for dry skin and lip mask for baby soft lips.

Night Creams Worth Trying

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Dr Sheth's Haldi & Hyaluronic Acid Sleeping Mask

Dermatologically formulated and approved, Dr Sheth's Haldi & Hyaluronic Acid Sleeping Mask is a magical blend of powerful, good-for-you ingredients. Formulated with turmeric oil globules, hyaluronic acid, squalene and ceramide, this formula works to repair, hydrate and brighten dull and pigmented skin. Meet one of one the best night creams for Indian skin and let it work its magic on your skin overnight.

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Pilgrim Retinol Night Cream With Vitamin C & Hyaluronic Acid

Infused with the secrets of Korea’s Jeju island, the Pilgrim Retinol Night Cream with Vitamin C & Hyaluronic Acid reduces wrinkles and fine lines, repairs skin, and refines skin texture. The fact that it is free from any harmful chemicals like paraben or sulphate makes this night cream a must have. It contains retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, and is suitable for all skin types. So go ahead and pamper your skin with this K-beauty secret.

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Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood & Saffron (Night Cream)

One of the best night creams out there, the Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood & Saffron (Night Cream) is all you need to conclude your night skincare routine steps. Its key ingredients are saffron, sandalwood and almond oil, which rejuvenate and nourish your skin, improve uneven skin tone and reduce signs of ageing.


1. What Should A Night Skincare Routine Consist Of?

A nightime skincare routine should consist of the following steps: cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, moisturiser.

2. When Should You Do Your Skincare Routine Steps At Night?

It is recommended to do your night skincare routine a few minutes before going to bed to allow your skin to absorb the products. Do not sleep immediately after applying your products as they might end up rubbing off on your pillow.

3. Can You Use Night Cream During The Day?

Night creams are usually rich and thick as they are formulated to nourish and repair your skin overnight. So, if you use night cream during the day, your skin may feel greasy and suffocated. If you use a night cream during the day, ensure to use an SPF to protect your skin from UV rays.

4. What Comes First In A Night Skincare Routine Steps?

Cleansing is the first step in the nighttime skincare routine. By the end of the day a lot of dirt, grim, pollution, makeup and dead cells settle on your skin’s dermis. Therefore, before applying any products, you must cleanse your skin. If you wear makeup, you can start your night skincare routine with a cleansing balm followed by a gentle cleanser.

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