With so much effort put into making the skin glow wonderfully each morning, many people neglect to do anything besides washing their face at night. This can be your undoing! During the day, the skin plays a defensive role, protecting itself from UV rays, pollution, weather conditions and bacterial growth. When you’re asleep, the skin is also active, working to repair the damage caused during the day and regenerating itself. Using a night cream for the skin, especially the face, can supplement these essential resting and replenishing processes. As a result, when you wake up in the morning your face might already be radiant without so much effort.
Throughout the night, the skin is supposed to reload itself with oils and nutrients that it needs to remain healthy. This replenishing process requires the skin to have those nutrients and oils to restock the cells with. Depending on a person’s diet, the weather conditions, their skin composition, and so much more, the skin may be depleted of some of those vital nutrients. This is where night cream shines radiance onto your skin.
When looking at the differences between moisturisers, day moisturizers tend to be lighter and nowadays they usually contain SPF. Night creams don’t contain SPF (which does make them feel different) and are often heavier and more hydrating. Anti-aging night creams may contain higher levels of active ingredients since they are specifically intended to be worn at night to minimize irritation from UV exposure.
There are two basic types of night creams:
- Anti-Aging – can also be called firming, anti-wrinkle and lifting. These products often contain ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, salicyclic acid and retinyl acetate. All of these ingredients help your skin to increase turnover (meaning new skin replaces older skin quicker), which can help diminish the appearance of age spots and fine lines and wrinkles. However, these ingredients can be irritating and increase skin sensitivity. Skin sensitivity can increase when exposed to UV rays, so it’s best to avoid sun exposure when using certain anti-aging creams. Therefore the best way to avoid UV exposure is to wear these products at night. Makes sense, right?
- Deep Moisture – can also be called ultra-hydrating, deep nourishing and restorative. These products often just use higher levels of emollients so they are more moisturizing than their daytime counterpart. There is no real reason why you need more moisture at night, your skin doesn’t “absorb” ingredients any better. Your skin is constantly regenerating, so if you are happy with the level of moisture you receive from your daily moisturizer than you likely don’t need a separate night cream. However, if you find that your skin is drier when you are at home you may want to use a heavier cream at night (or invest in a humidifier!)