Nourishing night creams

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

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.

Nourishing night creams

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

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. lollyrae

    How funny, I have just tried a sample sachet of Skin Science. I also just asked one of the experts about it. I really want to try it but with having sensitive skin I don’t want to go buy it and then have a reaction. I have always wanted to try Dermalogica but it’s really just far too expensive and I wish I could afford it. The Skin Science I think appears to be a really good runner up!

    5 years ago •

  1. Miss Addy M

    The Skin Science one is great. I would love to try the Dermalogica and the Clarins. I have heard so much about the two brands and everyone has said they work fantastically well.

    5 years ago •

  1. Anne

    Great article. I really need to start using a night cream

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    I love skin science, the brand is amazing, and it is affordable. The enzyme exfoliator is great!

    5 years ago •

  1. Butterfly6.2

    Can’t you recommend slightly cheaper brands perception for Yardley please?

    5 years ago •

  1. me

    Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, sounds like something I would like to try.

    5 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    I use the night care cream from the eucerin range find it better to stick with one brand for all products I am going to be using on my face

    5 years ago •

  1. liedeman

    some of the products are a bit pricey but worth it if only there was a fountain of youth.

    5 years ago •

  1. Nicksta

    The Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum is pricey but it has the best result in my opinion.

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    If only we didn’t age, but these are great products and definitely worth trying.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I really really want to try the Dermalogica Overnight Serum next once I’m done with my Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Serum, but it’s just so pricy for such a small bottle.

    5 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    I prefer the Eucerin range for breakouts and acne.

    5 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    Skin Science Renewing Night Serum is definitely looking affordable and worth a try :D I only moistize at night so all of those will work great for me.

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi Pannack
    The Optiphi one would be a good choice for oily skin as it controls moisture levels and pH balance.

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I will try the serum, that’s one thing I haven’t added to my routine.

    5 years ago •

  1. SG

    Skin Science is amazing! I’ve used Clarins recently and found it ineffective and very overpriced.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    These all look great would love to know which one to use for an oiler skin tone?

    5 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I use Johnson and Johnson products. I have tried Oatmeal in my teen years.

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    The Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum is worth every cent – it will always be a staple in my fight against the crows feet & laugh lines!

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    One thing I’ve been neglecting. Thanks for the info!

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Now that I’m 25, I’ve started using richer night creams and as of late, I’ve also included a serum in the mix. It really makes a big difference to the condition of my skin when I wake up. Worth the investment, you only have one skin in this life after all.

    5 years ago •

  1. Zellikinz

    For the price of some of these products I’m sure its worth it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Clarins never disappoints but it is always so expensive. I guess beauty does come at a price.

    5 years ago •

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