Getting good quality sleep is the best thing you can do for your health. It keeps you fit, healthy, and happy. Its importance goes way beyond boosting your mood and can bestow you with many beauty benefits including less puffy eyes, a glowing complexion, and a younger-looking face.
Our body cells grow much faster while we sleep, which makes it essential to follow a proper night-time skin care routine. The main aim should be to repair the skin damage caused by daily wear and tear including pollution, sun damage, and stress.
Your night time skincare routine will also affect how you look the next day.
Day-time and night-time skincare- Do we need both?
Without a doubt, you need both as your skin has different requirements during the day than when you are asleep. During the day-time, our main concern is to protect the skin from bacteria, dirt, pollutants, UV exposure, and other environmental elements. So, it is important to opt for products that help prevent damage to your skin. But during night time, our skin is in its repair state, and our main interest shifts to the healing of our skin from the whole day long damage.
Ingredients for nighttime skincare routine
Your focus should be on providing hydration and nourishment to the skin cells since your skin is not exposed to the environment. However, choosing a beauty product depends on your skin needs. Here are some ingredients your skin needs at night-
- Collagen-stimulating proteins like soy protein
- Strong antioxidants like Vitamin A or Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate
- Hydrating agents like White Lotus
You may also add other ingredients other than these, depending upon your skin needs.
Here is a skincare routine you need to follow before you grab some zzz’s.
Cleanse-Wash your face with a mild cleansing lotion to remove the day’s oil, dirt, and pollution that has accumulated on your skin. We recommend the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Wash that is made of Volcanic Lava Ash, Yugdugu, and White Lotus. The best part about using this cleanser is that it doesn’t remove the natural moisture barrier from the skin or disturb its natural pH. It will purify your skin by removing dust and sebum from the face, revealing a soft and supple skin. Massage it in circular motions before washing it off with lukewarm water. Remember not to over-wash as it can irritate your skin.
Applying a toner-Skin toning is a vital step that should be followed religiously. It helps balance the pH of your skin and prepare it for moisturizing. Buy a toner specifically formulated for your skin type. Avoid buying toner with alcohol, it can dry your skin. We recommend the Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner that has an alcohol-free formula. It can help in tightening pores, hydrating skin, and getting back that youthful look back. Spray the toner and apply it to your face and neck. Do not dry your skin with a towel after applying toner, just let your skin breathe and air-dry before applying moisturizer.
Moisturize –Moisture is lost when our skin is exposed to pollution and dirt particles and our skin needs to stay moist in order to be healthy. Moisturizing your skin not just hydrates it, but creates a barrier between your skin and pollutants. Go for moisturizers containing antioxidants, peptides, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A to help fight free radicals. Consider using deep moisturizers for the extra dry areas of the body like elbows, heels, feet etc. Follow this with a night serum. You can try the Pilgrim Vitamin C Night Serum that has an easily-absorbed and non-greasy formula. This serum will help you fight signs of premature aging and environmental damage, and repair your skin while you are asleep.
Applying eye cream –The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face, it needs lots of hydration to stay taut and wrinkle-free. Hence, it’s time that you add an eye cream to your skincare routine. Good eye cream should have caffeine ingredients to reduce puffiness and niacinamide to increase the moisturizing level.
Remove make-up –Sleeping with makeup on can clog your skin pores leading to oily skin and causing acne. So, remove your foundation, eye makeup, lipsticks, or any other makeup that you might be wearing to allow your skin to breathe and recover.
Change pillowcase-Wash your pillowcases frequently as they can cause acne by spreading dirt, grime, and dead skin. Also, opt for a silk pillowcase as it is very smooth and won’t irritate your skin.
Take your time-Instructions on most night products tell you to apply them before going to bed but exactly when? 7 pm? 8 pm? Just before going to bed? Ideally, you should apply these products 10 to 15 minutes before bedtime. This way, they won’t get smudged onto a pillow and they indeed work best when your body is at rest.
Humidifier –Use a humidifier to help bring moisture in the air, it will prevent your skin from drying out. Use only several units and keep doors closed while using a humidifier for the best results.
Get a sound sleep-This can be said as the most important factor out of all. Lack of sleep can cause a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face, giving you dull skin. So, you should get proper 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
A right nighttime skincare routine based on your skin concerns is paramount. It is always best to go for products that don’t contain harmful chemicals known for causing breakouts. Stick to natural products and your skin will thank you.
Pilgrim Vitamin C Night Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & White Lotus
Our lightweight, easily absorbed and non-greasy formula is the perfect warrior to fight against premature ageing and signs of environmental damage. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that brightens the skin and combats free radicals.