Sleeping beauty


Quality sleep helps revitalise the body and mind and improves the mood. Sleep is key to feeling and looking youthful. No matter how much the pollution affects your skin, sleep always helps in re-energising the cells. Beauty sleep is not a myth but it actually helps by lowering stress level, preventing weight gain and strengthening the immune system.

The skin goes through renewal process at night. Besides, adopting a few simple ayurvedic beauty tips can improve your skin tone, reduce blemishes and give radiant glow. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain will tell you what to do to gave radiant beauty.

Night cleansing is of utmost importance. Special care should be given to the area around the eyes, neck and hands. During the day, the skin basically needs protection from UV rays of the sun and air pollutants which cause damage to the skin and also deplete moisture. Day time care also involves cleansing and toning, but protection is the main aspect.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of night care:

Do’s

Products for cleansing should be selected according to skin type. After cleansing, the skin should be wiped with a rose-based skin tonic using cotton wool.

If the skin is dry, nourish and massage it with a nourishing cream. Apply it on the face and massage it with outward and slightly upward movements. Wipe off excess cream with moist cotton wool before bedtime. Apply the cream on the neck too and massage it with both hands, starting from the chin and going downwards. Pressure should not be applied when bringing the hands back to the chin. This helps to delay formation of lines on the neck and also reduces double chins.

For all skin types, an under-eye cream should be applied and wiped off with moist cotton wool after 15 minutes.

The hands may be massaged with a hand cream, especially around the nails, so that the cuticle remains soft.

If there is acne, apply medicated lotion on the eruptions and leave on overnight. If there are pimple marks, apply an anti-blemish cream only on the marks and leave on overnight.

Don’ts

Don’t use oily cleansers and nourishing creams if the skin is oily.

Don’t leave the cream on around eyes at night while you sleep. It can lead to puffiness around eyes.