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Celebrity Doctors Tell Cosmo Their *Exact* Night-Time Skincare Routine

Trusted celebrity docs on their exact night-time skincare routine. Use these products in the PM, for amazing skin in the AM!

Dr. Jaishree Sharad, Medical Director, Skinfiniti Aesthetic & Laser Clinic

“Taking the day off is the most important step in my night-time routine. I use Noreva Sensidiane Soothing No Rinse Cleanser to remove make-up. I love it, as it’s fragrance-free, soothing, and removes make-up easily. I cleanse my face with Sebamed Olive Face & Body Wash—I have sensitive skin, and if I use a soap or foam cleanser, it tends to get dry. Next, I use Sesderma K Vit Under Eye Serum (great for depuffing those bags) and follow it with Filorga Sleep And Peel Resurfacing Night Cream. It’s a cocktail of six hydroxy-acids (AHAs and BHAs), soothing brown algae (that gently revives skin), and brightening plant extracts that leave me with luminous complexion the next day.” (Clockwise from top to bottom) Sesderma C-VIT Liposomal Serum,, ₹3,141; Filorga Sleep And Peel Resurfacing Night Cream,, ₹4,952; Sebamed Olive Face & Body Wash,, ₹663; Noreva Sensidiane Soothing No Rinse Cleanser,, ₹3,956

Dr. Rashmi Shetty, Founder, Ra Skin and Aesthetics

“The first thing I do when I get home is remove every trace of product from my skin. I use eye wipes from Boots, UK because they’re infused with oil that breaks down stubborn formulas in one swipe. Next, I cleanse with a gentle face wash (like Pond’s), and then slather on one of the following moisturisers I love: Led Aquareva Night Care, Eve Lom Time Retreat Intensive Night Cream, or SK-II Essential Power Rich Anti-Aging Cream. My last step: an eye cream—it’s so important to keep your under-eye skin moisturised. I use the niacinmide-rich Filorga Eyes-Absolut Anti-Aging Eye Cream, it’s really rich but doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.” (Clockwise from L-R) The Eyelid Wipes, Boots UK, ₹537 approx; SK-II Essential Power Rich Anti-Aging Cream,, ₹11,930 approx; Eve Lom Intensive Night Cream,, ₹9,000 approx; LED Aquareva Intensive Moisturising Night Care,, ₹2,299, Filorga Eyes-Absolute Anti-Aging Eye Cream,; ₹5,460 approx; Pond’s Pure White Anti-Pollution + Purity Face Wash, ₹180

Dr. Chiranjiv Chhabra, Director and Consultant Dermatologist, Skin Alive

“Night-time is all about repairing and rebuilding, and simple steps can make a world of difference. I start by cleaning eye make-up with Dermalogica’s Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover, and then cleanse my face with the PreCleanse Solution. I then spray natural rose water to rejuvenate skin, and apply a few drops of the Phyto Replenishing Oil. Next up, an eye cream—it’s the most important step in my skincare routine. I use Dermalogica’s Stress Positive Eye Lift, a cooling cream-gel that depuffs bags and increases skin’s luminosity. Apart from that, I also use Zein Obagi’s Retamax Active Vitamin E Micro Emulsion twice a week. It helps exfoliate skin, and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.” (Clockwise from L-R) Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover, ₹2,442; Dermalogica Precleanse, ₹2,785; Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil, ₹6,070; Zein Obagi Retamax Active Vitamin E Micro Emulsion,, ₹10,100 approx; Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift, ₹4,700

Geeta Mehra Fazalbhoy, Managing Director and Founder Member, Skin & You Clinic

“Since my skin’s oily, it’s prone to acne—that’s the reason I never go to bed without cleansing my face. I wipe all the grime with micellar water first, followed by a mild face wash with sebum regulation and anti-bacterial properties. Next, a moisturiser—I’m using the AXTL Anti Acne Oil Free Moisturising Cream as it helps regulate oil production and keeps breakouts at bay. Vitamin C is another ingredient that helps achieve luminous complexion. My pick: the Auriga Favo-C Serum; I use it on my face and neck (it’s very important to extend the routine to your neck, as with age, the skin sags). I finish up with the Auriga Cernor XO Cream under my eyes to keep dark circles at bay. I add a retinol-based cream to this routine twice a week for smoother, wrinkle-free skin.” (Clockwise from L-R) Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, ₹660; Auriga Cernor XO Cream, ₹1,800 approx; Auriga Flavo-C Cream, ₹2,100

Dr. Chytra V Anand, CEO and Consultant, Cosmetic Dermatologist, Kosmoderma Clinics

“Though I have normal skin, it tends to get dry sometimes. And for me, the most important thing is to keep my skin well-hydrated, so that it stays balanced. I use only Kosmoderma products. My nightly routine starts with cleansing my face and neck with the pH balanced soap-free Facial Cleanser. I then apply the SkinBrite Serum, which is enriched with hyaluronic acid that helps retain moisture and keep skin plump. I apply the Ultra Moist Cream next—it’s formulated with oats, Vitamin E, lactic acid, and other emollients, which keep skin soft and supple. I alternate it with the Multi Vitamin Moisturiser on three nights. It contains retinol, niacinamide, and Co Q10, a great mix of ingredients that helps refine skin’s texture by amping up the cell turnover rate, smoothening wrinkles, and treating open pores. Lastly, I take one capsule of Kosmoglow, a DHA capsule, and a calcium tablet.” (Clockwise from L-R) Kosmoderma Ultra Moisture Blast, ₹950; Kosmoderma Facial Cleanser, ₹400; Kosmoderma SkinBrite Serum, ₹1,200

Dr. (Capt.) Deepti Dhillon, Founder and Director, Appleskin

“I start with double cleansing—it’s the best way to get all the dirt off your face. I use Bioderma Micellar Water to remove make-up, then use the Chanel La Mousse Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream-To-Foam to further cleanse skin. Step number two: a toning mist. They are super-important as they remove cleanser residue as well as salts, chlorines, and chemicals found in tap water that can severely dehydrate skin. I use the Uriage Thermal Water—it has mineral salts that moisturise, soothe, and protect skin. Next up, retinol. I use retinol on alternate days (excessive use can strip your epidermis), and alternate it with Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum. I then apply a few drops of rosehip seed facial oil (in upward strokes on my face, neck, and décolletage) to hydrate, and pat on some Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum.” (Clockwise from top to bottom) Uriage Thermale Spray Water,, ₹400; Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 0.5,, ₹3,450; Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum, ₹5,900; Kate Blanc Rosehip Seed Oil,, ₹3,999; Chanel La Mousse Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream-To-Foam, price on request.

Dr. Jamuna Pai, Founder, Skinlab

“My number-one rule for myself and my clients: never go to bed with a dirty face. No matter how tired I am, I remove all my make-up; and if I’m not wearing any, it’s still important to cleanse skin. I use the SkinLab Face Wash—it contains aloe vera, fruit vinegar, and witch hazel, which draw out impurities and add a subtle glow. I then apply a repair cream with key ingredients like azelaic acid, glycerin, arbutin, retinyl palmitate, citric acid, ascorbic acid, and allantoin—a combination of these speed up cell turnover and improve texture. I top it up with a rich moisturising cream that forms a veil over my skin, and gives me glowing skin in the morning.” (Clockwise from L-R) SkinLab Protective Day Cream, ₹650. Cosmo recommends Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Revitalizing Serum ₹1,399; Sesderma Azelac Lotion,, ₹1,613; Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Renewal Cream, ₹1,078

Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta, Founder, Isaac Wellness

“I like to customise and tweak my skincare routine depending on the season. On most days, I don’t wear too much make-up, so cleansing is easy. I start with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and further cleanse with Bioderma’s Micellar Water (to take off any traces of make-up). I then spray Avène’s thermal spray and tone my face with fresh rose water. Next, I dab a few drops of the SK-II Emulsion, followed by either Sesderma’s Azelac RU Liposomal Serum or Drunk Elephant’s C-Firm Day Serum. Under-eye creams are the most important, as fine lines show up around the eye area first. I alternate between Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye or Avene’s PhysioLift—they’re both really effective. Twice a week, I like to pamper my skin with an overnight recovery mask. Some of the ones I love are GlamGlow Hydrating Mud, L’Occitane Instant Hydration Mask, Korres Wild Rose, and Fresh Peony Brightening Night Treatment.” (Clockwise from top to bottom) Sesderma Azelac RU Liposomal Serum, ₹2,100; Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye, ₹2,950; Drunk Elephant C-Firm Day Serum,, ₹5,590 approx; SK-II Facial Lift Emulsion,, ₹10,300 approx; Avène Thermal Spring Water, ₹1,244; Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, ₹1,300

Dr. Madhuri Agarwal, Founder and Medical Director, Yavana Aesthetics Clinic

“I have dry and atopic skin, so I need to be very cautious about my regime. I use the Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser And Make-Up Remover to take off my make-up, and then wash my face with a mild cleanser like the A-Derma Foaming Gel. The next step is ROC Pro-Correct Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenating Cream. It’s my hero product: a rich source of retinol and hyaluronic acid, it makes the real recovery happen at night. A flawless complexion demands regular use of eye cream. I use the peptide-rich Melalumin Under Eye Serum, which prevents puffiness and dark circles. I end my routine with my all-time favourite Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream, which has lipids and natural moisturising ingredients that protect my skin and keep it soft. Additionally, twice or thrice a week I use the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Hydrating Seaweed Mask and Reviving Oxy Pack to revive and nourish skin.” (Clockwise from top to bottom) Sebamed Moisturising Face Cream,, ₹1,056; Menarini Melalumin Under Eye Serum,, ₹620; RoC Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenating Concentrate,, ₹2,150; Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Reviving Oxy Pack, ₹375, and Hydrating Seaweed Pack, ₹375; Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser And Make-Up Remover, ₹1,262; A-Derma Control Rich Emollient Cream Exomega,, ₹2613

Kiran Lohia, Founder, Isya Aesthetics

“I use the Eve Lom Cleansing Balm on dirty skin—it exfoliates, tones, soothes, and deep cleanses my face. Ferulic acid (rich in antioxidants) and retinol (which boosts collagen and unclogs pores) are my night-time routine’s superstars. Dr Dennis Gross’ Ferulic + Retinol Brightening Solution has both. All you need is a few drops, massage it onto your face, and it gets absorbed quickly. I finish my routine with either Dr Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream or Vintner’s Daughter Serum—both these products have nourishing fatty acids and powerful antioxidants that target primary signs of ageing.” (Clockwise from L-R) Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream,, ₹2,981; Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Brightening Solution,, ₹7,219 approx; Vintner’s Daughter Serum,, ₹12,000 approx; Eve Lom Cleansing Balm,, ₹5,890

Harshana Bijlani, Medical Head, The AgeLess Clinic

“I start with a heavier oil-free remover for stubborn eye make-up, followed by a milder soap-free cleanser. Post that, I let my skin breathe for a few hours before I start my bed-time routine. I just apply the Crystal Tomato Skin Clarity Cream—it’s made of white caretenoids, lightening ingredients, and antioxidants, which reduce pigmentation and have anti-ageing benefits as well. Since I have dry skin, I mix a few drops of rosehip oil and a Vit C serum with the cream.” (L-R) Crystal Tomato Skin Clarity Cream, ₹9,800; Cosmo recommends Nykaa Naturals Rosehip Cold Pressed Oil, ₹350

Dr. Batul Patel, Medical Director, The Bombay Skin Clinic

“My night-time routine is fairly simple. I use a brightening cream one night, and alternate it with an anti-ageing cream with active molecules like retinol, retinyl, and retinal, the next. This keeps my skin balanced. I swear by the Ultra V Idebenone Ampoule—a great antioxidant, it’s four times stronger than Vitamin C and 10 times stronger than co-enzyme Q10. It protects skin from environmental damage and increases its elasticity. And Sesderma Reti Age Facial Cream is my go-to anti-ageing product—it releases retinol in a sustained pattern, which gently exfoliates and refines skin. This also helps stimulate collagen and removes dead skin cells.” (L-R) Sesderma Reti Age Anti-Ageing Facial Cream,, ₹2,800; DDK Ultra V Idebenone Ampoule,, ₹5,800 approx

Dr. Vandana Chatrath, Dermatologist, Kubba Skin Clinic

“It’s imperative to remove skin cells damaged by sun, pollution, and stresses of daily life. My routine is simple, and includes just three (very powerful) products that replenish my skin’s depleted hydration and texture. SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 is my daily constant. I follow it up with SkinCeutical’s H.A. Intensifier on one night, and the La Mer Genaissance Serum on the other. Retinol is the only time-tested and scientifically proven ingredient known to reduce fine lines, skin discolouration, and blotchiness through microscopic cell renewal. And hyaluronic acid (the ‘HA’ in H.A. Intensifier) is a naturally occurring essential molecule in the skin that maintains hydration. Its absence leads to ageing as skin loses firmness and becomes rough. The La Mer Serum has sea-sourced ingredients like red algae that help boost the natural collagen in the skin making it feel plump and supple.” (L-R) Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0,, ₹5,300; Skinceuticals H.A. Intensifier,, ₹6,850 approx; La Mer Genaissance Serum, price on request