Having a customized moisturizer is one thing – and it’s an essential skincare product, with a cleanser and scrub. But it’s completely different to have a dedicated night cream, and to use it in place of a day cream.
The logic is simple: You may not need the same defenses at night as you do during the day (against UV rays and pollution), but on top of that, your sleep is the best time to charge your skin and treat it with targeted ingredients. This is because your body regenerates itself during sleep, and your skin cells rapidly transform. This means if you apply the right products for your specific needs, you will maximize and accelerate the benefits, especially if you get 7-8 hours of sleep and stay hydrated and healthy.
Night creams tend to be more intense than their day counterparts, both physically and in terms of concentration of ingredients. This is also because you don’t have to worry about sweating a lot, because you are not expending any energy.
But no two types of night creams are the same, as they usually target specific needs such as dryness, acne, signs of aging, and more. Browse our favorites below, which should include something specific to your goals or your skin type.
For oily skin:
1. Neutrogena Moisturizing Gel
It’s still important for oily skin types to use a night cream, since it delivers an active corrective punch that penetrates the skin – and since oily skin can become dehydrated as well (especially in cooler / drier months and climates, or after a night of drinking). While this gel moisturizer from Neutrogena is aimed at people with dry skin, its oil-free recipe makes it great for men with more oily conditions. It’s infused with hyaluronic acid, which greatly enhances your skin’s moisture retention, and gently erodes onto the skin, so the oil-rich pores don’t feel clogged or clogged underneath.
For dry skin:
2. Clinique Turnaround night moisturizer
Dry skin is particularly prone to rough spots, discoloration, dullness and peeling. This moisturizer by Clinique is made with a stearic acid to prevent moisture loss, as well as squalene to dramatically boost hydration levels. Salicylic acid keeps pores clean and dissolves dead / scaly surface cells, while a range of extracts from fruits, seeds and herbs nourish and restore your skin.
For acne-prone skin:
3. An asset-replenishing cream with AHAs
If your skin likes to be ravaged in the form of frequent pimples and lingering dark spots, choose a night cream with gentle exfoliating hydroxy acids (alpha or beta, AHA / BHA). This Origins cream specializes in “ exfoliation, ” that is, it helps lift dead, problematic skin cells away from the skin, paving the way for healthier pores and cells. The result is more frequent, healthy rotation (therefore, bothersome dark spots disappear faster) and, better yet, fewer pimples.
For sensitive skin:
4. Dr. Jart Mask + Sicapair Tiger Grass
If your skin is tough compared to the active ingredients, Dr Jart +’s lightweight night mask is a gentle, soothing solution. It calls on cica / tiger grass to soothe and hydrate skin, while niacinamide relieves inflammation and improves surface texture. The “night mask” is not much different from the night cream; Sometimes you can feel it more prominent on the skin, and you may have to brush it away in the morning (but you will anyway). More than anything else, these masks provide a greater aid to your cell renewal cycle.
For complete stability:
5. Vichy Liftactiv night cream
Rhamnose sugars from plant sources are the hero in this Vichy Collagen Firming Night Cream. It also uses vitamin C to help lighten your skin overall (making it dull or hyperpigmented to a more even sunny look). It’s even great for a little neck lift, if you feel any sagging there.
For Zoom-Ready Close Ups:
6. Effective face cream Adipeau
This is one of my favorite products recently. I wear it around the clock during the winter, but I see the biggest overnight boosts – although Adipeau will be the first to remind you that your long-term skincare goals can’t be achieved in one sleep. Nevertheless, I wake up with true radiance on my face, while I constantly see progress in my overall tone, texture, brightness, and everything aligned with my goals. For refueling agents, Adipeau mainly uses safflower and sunflower seed oils (which are highly nutritious, anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants), as well as a collagen-stimulating black ginger extract.
For a long-term correction:
7. Clark’s Botanicals Retinol Overnight Cream
Retinol is the go-to ingredient for anyone who wants a proactive, long-lasting, anti-aging and acne regimen. The Vitamin A derivative greatly reduces and prevents fine lines, breakouts, the appearance of enlarged pores, discoloration, and more. Now, you’ll want to consult a board-certified dermatologist to get retinol on prescription if you want to squeeze it out. But you can find smaller doses in some night creams and serums, like this wonderful Clark Botanical variety. It combines retinol and skin-lightening vitamin C, colloidal oatmeal and soothing jasmine, as well as an algae extract that protects collagen.
To get one-time returns:
8. Aesop regenerating night mask
Here’s an excellent, high-performance product to spread whenever you feel dry. It’s so good that it’s best saved for those “special” occasions, where you really need to wake up and be alert, recover and pause. (It’s best to pair it with actual adequate comfort, though.) The dam is chock-full of vitamins and oils that restore skin, it invokes the surface-regenerating powers of citric acid to gently remove dead surface cells, to keep pores clear and fresh, radiant, and balanced complexion.
For eye wrinkles and fine lines:
9. Paula’s Choice Anti-Aging Cream
It’s not a bad idea to target the eyes with its specific night cream (as well as day). This is because the skin around your eyes is the thinnest and thinnest on your face. It wrinkles faster and quickly shows signs of dehydration, fatigue, fatigue, and the like. Thus, eye creams tend to have higher concentrations of nourishing ingredients, as does Paual’s Choice shea butter-based eye cream. It plumps up and strengthens the area with peptides (which stimulate collagen production), while Vitamin C promotes a brighter complexion.
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