When it comes to good skin, hydration is key, especially when you’re catching up on your nightly zzzs! Hydrating at night is essential as this is when your skin is working overtime to repair, restore, and regenerate, so you can wake up with happier, healthier skin. No cream hydrates better than a night cream, as these formulas are typically richer, heavier, more hydrating, and designed to penetrate the skin over a longer period of time.
So, to make the most of your beauty sleep, look for creams that feature ceramides to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier and lock in moisture, and peptides to boost skin regeneration. And of course, you can’t forget skincare miracle ingredients like hyaluronic acid to hydrate and retinol for all of the above. To save you the hassle of searching the shelves of Sephora, we’ve created a list of the best, most moisturizing creams you can find. Here are our top 10.
1. For Mature Skin: Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer, $30
This cream has been a skincare staple for years. The anti-aging night cream is infused with an amino-peptide complex that’s able to penetrate through 10 layers of your skin to restore and regenerate skin cell production at a deeper level. It’s non-greasy and absorbs like a dream, leaving you with super soft skin by the time your alarm is ringing.
2. For Girls on a Budget: Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer, $15
Just because you’re on a tight budget, doesn’t mean you have to lower your skincare expectations. The Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer is an amazing more affordable option. It’s formulated with holy grail hydrator, hyaluronic acid, an intensely moisturizing molecule – it’s able to hold 1000 times its weight in water! Plus, it contains potent antioxidant soy extract to help restore uneven skin tone. It’s also suitable for all skin types from dry to oily, as it’s non-comedogenic so it’s won’t block your pores.
3. For Luminous Skin: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate, $115
Tatcha has to be one of our all-time fave skincare brands, and their night concentrate is no exception to that claim. The formula is insane; you’ll literally notice a difference in your skin within a couple of weeks of using it. It’s powered with mineral-rich red-algae, as well as seven botanical extracts from green tea and wild thyme to ginseng and licorice; all of which will work overnight to improve skin tone and texture. And of course, it contains Tatcha’s signature rice proteins that’ll help boost skin cell renewal, helping diminish the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.
4. For Dry Skin & Fine Lines: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, $68
Drunk Elephant’s peptide-infused cream is a beauty-editor fave. This protein-rich moisturizer combines an array of peptides, amino acids, and growth factors to help rebuild the skin; improving texture, tone, and suppleness. Think of it as adding a shot of protein to your smoothie; it’ll make your skin stronger overnight so if your skin is feeling a little tired, this will give it a new lease of life. (For more deets on peptides read this). The formula also boasts soybean extract and waterlily stem cell extract, which will provide a surge of antioxidants to moisturize and soothe the skin.
5. For Tired Skin: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Night Cream, $90
Don’t let the name of the key ingredient put you off this night cream – dragon’s blood is actually just tree sap – this cream will work wonders while you hit snooze. Dragon’s blood is an amazing reparative and healing ingredient, so it’ll help reduce the appearance of scars while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains time-release retinol that penetrates deep into the skin to plump and stimulate cell renewal while it’s serving of hyaluronic acid provides long-lasting hydration.
6. For Dry Skin: Embryolisse Filederme Emulsion, $22
This French drugstore staple is packed with mega-hydrators to provide your skin with a surge of moisture throughout the night. The formula contains shea butter, aloe vera, as well as squalane, which delivers an omega-rich hit of hydration that helps boost levels of elasticity in the skin. It’s also enriched with vitamin E and fatty acids to strengthen the skin’s epidermis (the barrier) to prevent moisture loss throughout the night. Although we wouldn’t recommend it for oily or acne-prone skin as the formula is quite rich and it could be too heavy for your skin.
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7. For Dull Skin: Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Night Infusion Cream, $76
This award-winning formula will hydrate and restore even the thirstiest skin. It contains an impressive list of antioxidant-rich botanicals like chamomile, lavender water, poppy, and mint to give your skin a glow and protect it from skin-aging free radicals. It also features Caudalie’s breakthrough clinical patent vine resveratrol to visibly rebuild, repair, and resculpt skin. What it doesn’t contain is any of the nasties – Sulfates, SLES, and mineral oil.
8. For Fine Lines: RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, $25
This drugstore anti-wrinkle treatment is as effective as many expensive formulas and will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within three months, which explains why it’s been a drugstore staple for years. It’ll also gently exfoliate the skin overnight as it contains AHAs to buff away dead skin that’s sitting on the surface of your skin, helping you to maintain a smoother, brighter complexion.
9. For Dehydrated Skin: Paula’s Choice RESIST Intensive Repair Cream, $33
This overnight cream is bursting with skincare-buzz ingredients like retinol and peptides. The result? The rich cream will soften the appearance of fine lines, leaving firmer-looking skin in its place. It’s also enriched with antioxidant-rich, skin-restoring ingredients like green tea and watermelon to up your glow game.
10. For All Skin Types: CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream With Hyaluronic Acid & Niacinamide, $12
Cerave is a derm-favorite for good reason. The night cream is designed to work with your circadian rhythm (your body’s natural body clock) to help restore the skin’s epidermis overnight (when it’s most receptive), lessening moisture loss and keeping your skin soft and supple. The gentle formula is also non-comedogenic and fragrance-free, so it’s suitable for all skin types from acne-prone skin to dry skin.
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