Do you really need more than one moisturiser in your skincare arsenal? It might seem repetitive to have both a day cream and night cream, but night creams serve a different purpose and have a richer texture that sets them apart from day creams. So before you reapply the same day cream that you put on this morning before hitting the pillow, read on to learn about the unique benefits of night cream.
Often formulated with sun protection and antioxidants, day creams are used in the morning to help nourish, strengthen, and protect the skin to face the day ahead (and the pollution, UV rays, and environmental stress that comes with it). Night creams on the other hand are loaded with powerful, slow-absorbing moisturisers designed to penetrate over the course of several hours. This means night creams are generally thicker than day creams and don’t make as good of a base for foundation as their lightweight daytime counterpart.
Since sun protection isn’t an issue at night, most night moisturisers skip the sunscreen to give other ingredients bigger play. Nighttime is when your skin does the heavy lifting and cell renewal is at its peak, just like the rest of your body. So boosting it with extra nourishment while you’re catching Zz’s makes sense. Many night creams contain oils like jojoba oil because they penetrate so deeply. Anti-aging ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, and hyaluronic acid are also major nighttime players that aid the skin’s natural healing, repairing, and regenerating process and collagen production while you sleep.
Having a couple face creams in your beauty kit can really boost moisture replenishment, especially if you choose a night cream that optimises your skin’s natural repair cycle. Shop online at Sephora for the best night cream selection (and, literally, the best possible beauty sleep).