In an ideal world, there would be no pollution, no fear of UV damage and plenty of negative ions from natural settings to keep your skin in top condition. But the reality is your skin has to put up with a lot of stress, free radicals and pollution every day. Due to this, your skin tends to lose its elasticity and firmness over time.
When awake we’re all short on time, so sleeping hours enable the ideal repair and rejuvenation periodfor your body, especially your skin. In fact research shows that skin cell turnover is 8 times faster during bedtime, thus making it the best time to apply facial skin care products. Our elevated nighttime body temperature allows serums, creams and masks to sink deeper and get completely absorbed by the skin.
Beauty treatments work best when done in a relaxed frame of mind which is why the serene spa ambience does wonders for our skin. Since we can’t afford a spa every time we wish to pamper our skin, sleep time is the next best! What if you can support your skin’s rejuvenation and restoration process with some home-made night creams while your mind wanders in wonderland.
Green/White Tea Night Cream
Green and White tea both are abundant in antioxidants that are effective against free radicals- formed when the skin is exposed to the UV rays, one of the leading causes of premature aging. They combat skin cancer by blocking the cancer causing harmful enzyme, help skin cell renewal and are effective in healing psoriasis and rosacea.
In cases of acnes and pimples, the compound “catechins” acts as an anti-bacterial agent reducing over-stimulation of the skin hormones.
. Take 25 oz of pure beeswax and combine them with 1 oz almond oil, 1 oz coconut oil, 1 tsp of Rose hip seed oil in a double boiler, allowing it to melt.
. Meanwhile take a cup of warm water and let a packet of green/white tea seep for a few minutes. Pour this mixture to the double boiler and mix. (If you are using a tea bag, open the bag and pour in the tea leaves too)
. Once the beeswax melts let it cool for a minute or two, just enough to be able to strain through a fine sieve.
. Whip this strained mixture using a hand blender until you reach a smooth, fluffy consistency
. Store in a cool, dark place. Avoid refrigeration as it will harden the mixture.
. The cream has a long shelf life as it contains oils.
. It will last more than a month with daily application.
. Wash face, pat dry and apply over skin in circular motions, until it is absorbed completely.
. In the morning wash off with cold water and a gentle cleanser as harsh chemicals will strip away the benefits of the night cream.
Apple Night Cream
Apples are rich in vitamins A, B, C, Beta-carotene, Malic acid (an exfoliant) and are full of antioxidants essential for radiant and younger-looking skin.
Rose water soothes acne, maintains the skin’s pH balance, heals scars, regenerates skin tissues and revitalizes aging skin. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and smells great!
. Cut an apple in two halves, de-seed and cut into small cubes.
. Blend them with 2 tsp of Olive oil or Grapeseed oil or Rose oil or Almond oil until it reaches a smooth consistency.
. Pour it in a double boiler and mix until the mixture is warm.
. Remove from boiler and let it cool.
. After the mixture cools down add 2 tsp of rose water.
. You can add honey, cinnamon, nutmeg or turmeric to this mixture if you are suffering from acne as all these ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties and will help reduce acne.
. Go for green apples (if you can) as they have a high malic acid content.