The time of the night is one that is often reserved for rest and personal care, it is your time and yours alone. There are no unnecessary calls to attend (unless your job requires you to do so, of course), no social gatherings to be at and no errands to run either. The night is a time completely dedicated to you, to attend to yourself and to finally have the rest you so deserve after an exhausting day at work.

Your mind functions tirelessly throughout the day, managing your bodily functions and even solving some of the complex problems of the world outside. And it does deserve a good break in order to regroup all your thoughts, to reorganize itself, and to finally relax and float around in the lazy river of your dreams. But just as your mind gets tired and requires you to get some rest so that it can reboot itself, your body does too. And while your internal organs are pretty encapsulated and to an extent protected from the vices and vagaries of the outside world, it is your skin that has to more often than not, bear the brunt of all the dust, grime and pollution out there, not to mention the scorching heat of the sun in the summers.

All of these things are bound to affect your skin after all. They do tend to make your skin pretty tired, perhaps as much as the rest of you, at the end of the day. So before you lie down on your bed exhausted, it is imperative that you treat it to a relaxing and detoxifying night skin care routine as well. Unless you find yourself the time to do that, you’re going to find your skin starting to age a lot quicker than the rest of you. And we’re pretty sure you don’t wish for your biological age to seem very different from your chronological age, at least in appearance.

Now, a lot of women probably have this misconception that a night skincare routine needs to be extremely and unnecessarily elaborated in process and requires a salon full of cosmetic merchandise.  And if it were true, going through all of that at a time when you’re already exhausted after a long day at work seems like quite a lot to ask from oneself too. Fortunately, it isn’t so and there’s a quick and convenient 5-step process to the perfect night skin care routine to pamper your skin. So, we got the BeBeautiful squad to articulate the entire process in brief and in the lucid language just for you. Here’s what you have to do in order to wake up to fresh and flawless skin every morning.

Take the makeup off!
 

Take the makeup off!

Nighttime skincare routine or not, this is one step that you just can’t afford to miss. However, not all cleansers can do a thorough job of taking all of that makeup off of your skin. You could use cleansing water or some specific makeup remover designed especially for the task. Since the region near your eyes has the most sensitive skin, you might want to use a special eye makeup remover if possible. The Lakmé Absolute Bi-Phased Makeup Remover is one product that not only removes the makeup but also leaves your skin feeling fresh and well hydrated. This multitasker combines the cleansing properties of oil with the hydrating properties of water to give your skin a completely refreshing experience. And it is safe for sensitive eyes as well, so you won’t have to go out and purchase a separate eye makeup remover either.

Cleansing your skin
 

Cleansing your skin

Now, the makeup remover might have taken off most of the cosmetic product from your face, but what about all that dirt and pollution (and even the sebum secreted by your own skin) that your skin has had to deal with throughout the day? At the very basic level, any cleansing night skincare routine would consist of two types of cleaners- oil based and water based. The oil cleanser works perfectly for removing leftover product such as the foundation, the concealer or even BB cream. However, makeup or not, following it up with a water based cleanser is of the utmost importance so as to cleanse your skin of all the dirt and grime it has collected over the day.

Use that Toner
 

Use that Toner

The toner is a watery product that is full of antioxidants or humectants, which not only help provide your skin with that extra hydration but also aid your skin in retaining its moisture and balance the pH level. Dehydrated skin only makes your skin produce more oil than necessary in order to keep your skin moisturized, thereby increasing the risk of acne. So make sure you don’t skip this tone night skincare routine ever unless you wish to end up with greasy skin the next day. The Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner is one such alcohol-free product that hydrates your skin, while also unclogging and tightening your skin’s pores.

Treat your skin
 

Treat your skin

Once you’ve cleansed your skin, it is important to help reinvigorate it as well. This is where the ingredient-infused serums come into your night skincare routine. These not only help restore the health of your skin, but they also help your skin tackle a number of skin issues. However, it is important that you pay attention to the ingredients used in the serum you’re using since not all of the ingredients might agree with your skin.

Some of the basic ingredients to look for in your serum would be acids such as BHA and AHA (useful in the treatment of acne), vitamin C, Nicotinamide (a form of the vitamin B3), and liquorice extract (which help against hyper-pigmentation) and certain peptides (useful in the fight against ageing). An excellent example would be the Pond's Flawless Radiance Derma+ Perfecting Serum which contains a 5% derm perfect complex with active levels of Hexylresorcinol (an organic compound containing an anaesthetic, antiseptic and anthelmintic properties) and vitamin B3 that help make your skin radiant, spotless and poreless.

Moisturise
 

Moisturise

Well, now since you’ve done the cleansing and reinvigorating part of your night skincare routine, you might want to ensure that all the goodness remains intact. A moisturiser is a perfect product to help you do just that. Not only does it keep your skin feeling healthy and hydrated, but it also makes your skin soft and supple to touch. night cream or concentrate with potent ingredients will give you even toned and radiant skin each morning, the Lakme Absolute Ideal Tone Refinishing Night Concentrate Serum is a lightweight formula that corrects dull and uneven skin as well as reduces the size of enlarged pores. Healthy glowing skin, here we come!