5 Steps to Get the Most Out Of Your Beauty Sleep
Constant exposure to harmful environmental elements, including UV rays, pollution, dirt and free radicals eventually results in skin ageing and other skin issues. Bearing in mind that the skin continuously fights external factors during the day, it is recommended to follow a thorough night time skincare routine to address the specific needs of the skin. As one sleeps, our body goes through various changes that relate to the skin, a natural process that we like to call ‘beauty sleep’.
As your skin cells toil hard during nighttime, they require a lot of nutrients to do their job. This is where a good night skincare routine comes in handy as skincare products enriched with superfoods, provide the required nutrients to maximize the cells' regeneration process. When you follow this process on a nightly basis, your skin cells will undergo healthy renewal, thereby resulting in younger-looking and more luminous skin by the morning after.
The skin follows a natural circadian 24-hour cycle that is influenced by hormone levels, environmental factors, exposure to sunlight and nightly regeneration of skin cells. Hence, as our skin repairs at a cellular level when we sleep, it is the perfect time to pay a little extra attention to its concerns.
Forest Essentials offers a wide range of pure, natural and effective products to include in your bedtime skincare routine. While different skin types have different requirements, it is recommended to include these 5 simple steps in your everyday night time regime:
Step 1: Double cleanse
It’s important to go to bed with skin that has not only been cleansed but with skin that is entirely clean. That means that not only surface grime and oil has been rinsed away but that any makeup or SPF has been completely removed too. Our Ayurvedic experts recommend first cleaning with an oil based cleanser, followed by a mild facial cleanser, for a process known as double cleansing. Begin by using the Forest Essentials Floral Make-Up Remover, which carefully cleanses all kinds of make-up and grime, while also nourishing the skin with the pure and natural oils of Jojoba, Sunflower, Wheat Germ Oil and Rose Essential Oil.
Follow the Make-Up Remover with a Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan, blended with an appropriate mixer (Milk for Dry skin; Aloe Vera Juice for Combination skin; Yogurt for Oily skin; Tomato juice for Pigmentation), this first step of your bed time routine thoroughly cleanses any makeup remnants from your skin, also exfoliates dead skin cells and prepares skin as an absorbent palette for the next steps of your skincare routine.
Step 2: Toner
Using an alcohol free natural facial toner after cleansing your face, not only hydrates the skin but also removes any impurities that may be left after washing the face with tap water. Our range of active Facial Tonic Mists made from pure floral waters can easily be used as a part of your night regime to refresh, hydrate, soothe and tone the skin. With options like Rosewater to hydrate, Bela to regulate oil production, and Panchpushp to provide the nourishment and glow of five Indian flowers to the skin. These toners also work effectively to minimize the appearance of open pores on the skin.
Step 3: Sealing/ Moisturizing
Our Ayurvedic specialists recommend another step to your usual cleansing and toning night regime, this is - sealing in moisture with a facial sealer, as an alternative to applying a moisturizer. Along with cooling ingredients like pure Aloe Vera, Cucumber, and Rosewater, Forest Essentials’ Light Hydrating Facial Gels, each contain natural humectants that retain moisture and make the skin look luxuriously pampered, plumped and radiant.These are an important step in your night regime, as the skin cells work hard during the night to repair and renew and need a constant supply of moisture so as to prevent the skin from looking dry and fatigued in the morning.
Night Creams tend to be more nourishing and potent in texture than your Light Day Lotions as they provide your skin with vital nutrients required for a healthy glow but also for the regeneration activity of the skin cells overnight. You can choose from our wide range of Night Treatment Creams, which consists of the Teenage Night Cream Kumkumadi, Night Treatment Cream Jasmine and Patchouli, Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood and Saffron, Eternal Youth Formula Date and Litchi, and the Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood and Orange Peel - especially curated for Men’s skin. The range provides the option to choose a product in accordance with one’s requirements and skin concerns. While Kumkumadi can be used on delicate teenage skin, the Eternal Youth Formula consists of ingredients rich in retinol, making it the best cream to focus on any ageing concerns (PRO TIP: add 2 drops of the Soundarya Serum to the cream for added benefits).The Sandalwood and Saffron Night Cream is formulated for combination skin type, meanwhile the Jasmine and Patchouli Night Cream is idea for oily skins.
Step 5: Eye Care
Did you know the skin around your eyes is 40% thinner than the skin on the rest of your face? Consider adding the Forest Essentials eye care products that are available in gel, cream, and serum forms as the step after your moisturizer - there is something available for everyone! The Light Hydrating Hydra Eye Gel features Aloe Vera as its key ingredient blended into a mixture of delicate herbs, infused in steam distilled Rose water. It is exceptional for those looking to soothe, firm and hydrate the under eye area.
The Intensive Eye Cream with Anise is a high performance eye cream based on the efficacious formula of Chakchushya in Ayurveda, with Anise as its key ingredient. It reduces dark circles, diminishes puffiness, and firms and tones the area around the eyes.