A night cream is one of those products that isn’t a straight-up necessity but it’s something your skin will seriously thank you for. Add one into your evening routine, and it’ll work overtime to restore and repair so you wake up with healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
If you’re wondering “What’s so special about a night cream?”They’re typically a richer, heavier, more hydrating formula that’s designed to penetrate the skin over a longer period of time aka when you catch your nightly zzzs. And as you can probably guess, they also work wonders in the anti-aging department. Packed with active ingredients like retinol, which diminishes the appearance of fine lines, hydrators like hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin, and ceramides to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, they do it ALL. Here are five rich and potent face creams we love to use overnight!
1. For Brightening & Tightening: Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer, $90
This product is one of the latest to hit the shelves, and we’ve got to admit, we’re impressed. The formula is super creamy, absorbs well, and it smells divine. The unique formula is the first to combine skincare superheroes, retinol, and vitamin C; two seriously potent active ingredients that promise to improve tone and texture while giving it a radiant finish. By coating vitamin C in volcanic soil from Jeju Island in South Korea, it keeps it stabilized without needing to be stored in a refrigerator.
We’ve been testing this out for three months, and it’s strong stuff! Although it says you can use it nightly, if you’re new to retinol, we recommend using only twice a week for a few weeks before gradually increasing use. Once your skin is used to it, you can expect to wake up to plumper, brighter skin – we are very impressed with this unique formula! Find out more about using retinol here.
2. For Sensitive Skin: VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, $185
While we can’t deny that this night cream has a hefty price tag, it’s definitely a skincare investment. The rich cream is formulated with VENeffect’s exclusive phytoestrogen technology that’s proven to boost collagen production. The phytoestrogens are also enhanced with peptides, proteins, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, improve elasticity, and leave you with firmer, brighter skin. It’s also non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, gluten-free, and free of parabens so it’s suitable for all skin types, from oily to mature skin. We love the sensorial feel of this moisturizer, which is thick and creamy, but blends into the skin like a lightweight moisturizer. Be prepared to wake up to glowier skin!
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3. For Anti-Aging: Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer, $30
A lower price tag doesn’t mean less effective. Case in point, Olay’s Night Recovery Night Cream. The anti-aging cream is infused with an amino-peptide complex that can penetrate 10 layers deep to restore and regenerate skin cell production at a deeper level. It also contains a hydrating blend of glycerin and brightening niacinamide so it’ll provide your skin with a surge of moisture while preventing future moisture loss. This is an iconic product for a reason! Check out another of our fave Olay Regenerist creams here.
4. For Serum Addicts: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, $100
Okay, this isn’t technically a cream, but this potent nighttime serum has a cult following! The serum enhances nighttime skin renewal with its exclusive ChronoluxCB Technology, helping you wake up with brighter, more radiant skin. It’s also infused with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and antioxidants to help fight free radicals that cause premature aging. We love the silky serum texture and the fact this is non-acnegenic, so it won’t break you out.
Use this after your toner and before your moisturizer for a major complexion boost. Apply consistently and you’ll see results around four weeks.
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5. For Crow’s Feet and Fine Lines: Roc Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, $18
This drugstore nighttime eye cream has a loyal following, and for good reason. What makes the cream so impactful is its hero ingredient, retinol, which is proven to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles within three months of using the product. The formula is further enhanced with a unique mineral blend of zinc, copper, and magnesium, which help increase cell production and blood flow, thereby improving the appearance of dark circles. Due to its high percentage of retinol, you should only use this cream at night, and as always, wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above.
Let us know if you’ve used any of these creams in the comments below.