The main difference between day and night creams is the sun protection factor. Your day cream has protecting SPF and night cream does not. Day creams also tend to be more lightweight which makes for better wear under makeup. While your day cream should also contain anti-aging ingredients, your night cream needs to pack a powerful punch.
**You can use an anti-aging moisturizer and a separate SPF if needed for the day.
Why is night cream important?
I used to think the day and night cream were basically the same thing with SPF being the only difference, so not true! At night is when your skin does its recovery, repair, and cell regeneration is maximum, so using a night cream that works with and boosts these processes makes it a substantial part of your nighttime routine.
How to choose a night cream
First of all, your night cream is going to have a heavier texture than your day cream. It should also include ingredients that will nourish, help cell renewal, replenish hydration, and treat the skin to help further repair. The ingredients to look for in a night cream include peptides, retinol, hydroxy acids, and antioxidants like niacinamide, Coq10, and vitamins C & E.
You will want to look for ingredients that also suit your skin type whether dry, sensitive, oily and acne-prone, or mature.
For dry skin, you want a cream that contains a humectant, such as hyaluronic acid, and an emollient, such as squalene. Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Night Cream would be a good choice.
Sensitive skin needs a soothing cream that will help in repairing the skin barrier such as CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, Paula’s Choice Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator is recommended.
Mature Skin Night Creams
When it comes to the word “mature”, it is being used very loosely because even someone in their 20s can benefit from an anti-aging night cream. Mature can simply mean it is prone to fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. However, you may have more of a concern about collagen loss and lack of firmness. So for the best anti-agers is where you will want to pack as many of the ingredients listed above into your night cream.
Lucky for you, I have compiled a list!
3. Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Layer Restore ( Even though I have tried all of these and this is a bit pricey, this one is my favorite and when you try it, you will see why!)
Also known as slugging, petroleum jelly does have many skincare uses according to some dermatologists. It can soothe dry skin, alleviate itching, assist in wound healing, and can even seal in other skin treatments.
However, sealing in the skin treatments can also increase the potency and absorption of tretinoin, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, and retinoids which could cause irritation.
It is non-comedogenic but if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may want to practice some precautions.
You may have seen this done on Tik Tok but it doesn’t take a very thick layer to enjoy the benefits. Applying a thin layer, in conjunction with your other nighttime products, will do for the best benefits.
Adding the right night cream to your nighttime routine will have your skin looking and feeling well-hydrated, more youthful, and even glowing every morning you wake up. Even though it may take a little trial and error to find the one perfect for your specific concerns, using the list above will have you off to a tremendous start.
I would love to hear from you and your experiences below!