Remember that night you went out to the new place in town and came home only in the wee hours? Or that other time when you had to bring work home and ended up cracking your brains till late? The nights you spent giving your kids company as they prepared for their exams? Instances of pulling whole-nighters are common occurrences in our lives. Though reasons may vary, the results of staying up all night are always the same – dull, tired looking skin that refuses to freshen up no matter how many times you wash it. Add to that unsightly racoon eyes and a sluggish feeling that accompanies you all day long.
Recent studies on sleep medicine have also revealed that not getting 8 hours of sleep every night may slow down the production of collagen which in turn results in the formation of wrinkles. With so much to lose while losing sleep; it is clear why doctors all over the world insist on getting the recommended dose of sleep and not compromising on it. Some call it beauty sleep too and it is easy to see why.
At night, when you are asleep and relaxing after a hard day’s work, your body is hard at work, repairing the damages in your skin, bringing about hormonal changes to improve blood flow to skin. Though this is a natural process, it can be amply aided by following a simple night-time beauty ritual that will give you the skin of your dreams while you are far away dreaming.
Clean: Clean your face before going to bed. If you had to follow only one beauty advice daily, make this the one. Sleeping with impurities and makeup on can result in skin breakouts and premature ageing. Opt for a cleanser based on your skin type. Use dermatologist approved eye makeup remover to take out all traces of mascara, liner, shadow etc.
Feed: If you are worried about skin ageing, you are about to get introduced to your new best friend – Retinol-based night creams. Retinoid creams are the most potent wrinkle fighters of our times. They penetrate clean skin at night to help us wake up to bright skin in the mornings. Their use should be restricted to nights only as exposure to light kills their potency.
Banish: Show the door to hideous dark circles by religiously applying retinol or vitamin K based under eye creams regularly. Results can be seen as early as 10 weeks.