Steps to a perfect nighttime skincare routine

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There is no stringent rule book really, to the perfect skincare routine. But there are some broad guidelines that everyone must follow. Wedding Affair enlists the perfect step by step routine for your nighttime skincare. Have a look!

Step 1: Remove Makeup

Your makeup remover can save you from a number of skin concerns, such as premature ageing, breakouts and irritation. However, there will be days when your signature winged liner and heavy matte lipstick just won’t budge unless you rinse five times and scrub vigorously. To avoid such situations, it’s important that you pick the right makeup remover, one that’ll not just remove all your makeup in one go but also leave your skin hydrated and smooth. First step to skincare.

Step 2: Cleansing

Facial cleansing removes oil, dirt and other debris. Without cleansing, dirt and grime will settle on your face, triggering unwanted skin problems. The skin produces sebum that in turn protects it. The sebum passes through hair follicles to reach the top layer of your skin. However, if there is dirt and grime buildup on the surface, the follicles might get blocked. Once this happens, bacteria can penetrate the follicle, causing acne. (Clean tech loops)

Step 3: Toning

In reality, toning should be considered an important part of the cleansing process. A good toner will remove any remaining bits of oil, dirt and debris left behind by the cleanser. More importantly, a toner will help soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate pH balance. Toners are most helpful and necessary for skincare of people with oily or acne-prone skin, or for people who want extra cleansing after wearing makeup or other heavy skin products such as sunscreen.

Step 4: Serums

A serum is a concentrate of active ingredients, which targets specific skincare concerns and the ingredients are powerful and made up of smaller molecules. The level of active ingredients is higher than in a usual face cream since the heavier oils and ingredients have been done away with. So while the latter could have around ten per cent of active ingredients, the former has a whopping seventy per cent or more! This is a must-include in your skincare. (Femina)

Step 5: Eye Creams

Eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye, so they tend to be thicker. They contain more oil than a regular facial lotion, and they have a lot of active ingredients aimed at the problems we see around the eyes in skincare (Webmd). The fragility of the area also explains why it’s often the first part of your face to start showing signs of age. It’s natural for our skin to become drier over time.

Step 6: Moisturise

Whether you have oily skin, combination skin or dry skin, the right moisturising method ensures your skin remains hydrated and supple, allows the easy absorption of serums and essences, and also keeps it blemish-free. This is why picking the right face moisturiser is vital—yes, your regular body lotion can’t simply be used on your face too. So, this is the most important part of your skincare.

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