Your skin is subjected to a great deal of stress, sun, and pollutants every day, and this affects your skin’s elasticity and firmness. While day creams protect your skin against UV rays and pollution, night creams help repair skin damage and reverse the signs of aging.
Night creams deeply nourish your skin and are particularly effective for dry, chapped skin, as well as skin that has been damaged by excessive sun exposure or winter dryness. They also contain anti-aging ingredients that can help prevent and reduce pigmentation, dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Applying a good night cream after oil cleansing and toning at the end of the day helps to soothe, heal, restore, and rejuvenate skin.
Continue reading to discover eight incredible benefits of including a night cream in your daily skincare routine.
1. Deeply Moisturizes
Throughout the day, your face is exposed to the drying effects of pollutants and the sun. While it’s impractical to continue drinking eight glasses of water in the middle of the night to keep your skin hydrated, applying a night cream before bed will moisturize your skin in your sleep, ensuring you wake up looking refreshed, with wonderfully smooth and supple skin.
A day cream is often non-oily and non-sticky, making it easy to apply beneath makeup. A night cream, on the other hand, is richer, more hydrating, and contains a higher level of emollients. It has a thicker texture compared to a day cream and contains ingredients that actively replenish moisture.
2. Combats Dryness
Dry skin is characterized by flaky skin that feels tight and looks dull. A thick, nourishing night cream allows moisture to penetrate deeply into your skin and ensures your skin is hydrated when you get up in the morning.
Look for a quality night cream that contains humectants and emollients, such as hyaluronic acid and squalene, to help increase skin moisture and keep your skin soft, smooth, and supple.
3. Calms and Soothes
The changing weather, pollution, and your surroundings can dry out and irritate your skin. Your skin may even become drier and more irritated during the winter months.
Night creams can help calm and soothe your skin, removing any redness or irritation while you sleep. Choose products with calming compounds like allantoin, glycerin, and cucumber extract, but avoid those with fragrance, alcohol, hydroxy acids, or petrolatum which can further irritate sensitive skin.
4. Helps Skin Renewal
To help your skin absorb nutrients more effectively, any type of beauty treatment should be performed while you are entirely calm and stress-free. Your body is relaxed when you are asleep, making it the ideal time for your skin to heal and regenerate.
An excellent night cream promotes skin cell regeneration overnight while also hydrating and nourishing your skin. Night creams containing essential oils, such as almond, coconut, or grapeseed oil, work best with your skin’s natural oils to help your skin recover faster, as well as reduce acne scarring.
5. Boosts Collagen Production
When collagen levels are low or depleted, wrinkles and fine lines become more visible. Using a night cream stimulates collagen production, making your skin appear firmer and plumper. Night creams that contain glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, and retinyl acetate help diminish the appearance of age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
While day creams protect your skin against UV rays, pollution, dryness, and other elements, night creams are more focused on the skin’s regeneration process. Because collagen production and the battle against free radicals both happen while you sleep, it’s important to use products rich in nutrients that support both functions.
6. Prevents Sagging
The most prevalent reasons for sagging skin are aging and sun exposure. With age, the production of collagen and elastin declines, resulting in a loss of skin density and resilience. Harmful UV rays destroy collagen and elastin, and when damaged collagen is not replenished, the skin begins to sag.
A good night cream containing collagen, ceramides, and fatty acids can help tighten sagging skin by boosting skin elasticity and firmness.
7. Evens Out Skin Tone
Many individuals are affected by uneven skin tone. Dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and an overall uneven skin complexion can be caused by exposure to the sun and pollutants, as well as previous skin damage. Other common causes include acne scars, aging, hormonal changes, bug bites, burns, dermatitis, or rosacea.
Your night cream can help treat uneven skin tone by promoting cell renewal. Night creams that contain vitamin C can protect against sun damage and reduce the formation of melanin, while products with glycolic acid and salicylic acid may help reduce acne, scarring, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
8. Improves Blood Circulation
If you’ve ever had a facial, you’ve probably seen the skincare specialist massage your face several times. A facial massage increases blood circulation, carrying more oxygen and nutrients to give you a naturally radiant glow while also reducing puffiness around your eyes.
To get the same effect when applying your night cream, place a dollop each on your forehead, each cheek, your chin, and your neck. You can simply use your fingers to massage the cream onto your skin, but a face roller can help improve circulation and lift sagging skin. Improving circulation also helps your skin absorb all the healthy nutrients better.
Incorporating a night cream into your daily beauty routine can help your skin to look and feel its best. It works overnight to repair and renew your skin, helping you get back that youthful glow and refreshed appearance.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.