If you’re still using the same moisturiser in the morning and the evening, it’s time to re-think your daily skin care routine. Although using a day cream before bed won’t harm your skin, it definitely won’t give you the nourishment you need.
Our skins repair while we sleep, which is why it’s essential to apply a good night cream before bed, so as to assist the process. Not only is it the time to heal the day’s environmental damage, but it’s also a time to provide the skin with extra moisture, so that it can hydrate itself.
So what’s the difference between a day cream and a night cream, then? Night creams are richer, i.e. their formulations contain more (and more powerful) active ingredients. They usually have stronger hydrating power than a day cream as well as a thicker, creamier consistency. Plus, they don’t contain an SPF, of course. Add an overnight serum to the mix and you’ve got a powerful concoction that’ll help your skin get to the state it needs to be in.
Whether you’re looking to combat the signs of ageing, pigmentation, dehydration or breakouts, there’s a night cream suited to every skin concern. Here, a few of the night-time products on our wish lists:
Yardley Oatmeal Night Cream, R79.95
Skin Science Renewing Night Serum, R129.99
Optiphi Moisture Control Ultra, R1445.38
Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream, R545
Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, R770
Comfort Zone Renight Recover Cream, R745