Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Having just covered the importance and benefits of using a targeted day cream, I wanted to move immediately onto the key reasons why you need to integrate a night cream into your evening routine. Made from a cocktail of targeted anti-ageing and deeply hydrating agents, this skincare staple is a must. Keep reading to learn more about what the key benefits are and to see which night creams made it to our #SkinFood favourites.
Reverse Cell Damage
Your skin acts differently at night to how it does throughout the day. During the day, your skin is in defence mode, protecting itself from UV rays, pollution, HEV light emitted from screens, bacteria growth and changing temperatures. While you sleep, on the other hand, your skin goes into repair mode to reverse this damage that has been inflicted on it. As your skin's role changes between day and night, it is equally important to reflect this in our skincare routines, selecting products that will best support these transitions. Night creams are specifically formulated to support tissue repair and to encourage cell renewal. This is one of the key reasons why you should be using one every evening (layered over your retinol).
Night creams contain higher levels of emollients making them richer and more moisturising. At night, while you are getting your 8 hours of recommended daily sleep, your skin and body also go through 8 hours of uninterrupted water loss. During summer or winter, there will also be the added factor of sleeping with air conditioning or heating on, both of which increase the loss of moisture from your skin. Therefore, it is essential regardless of your skin type to use a night cream, as it helps to lock moisture in, counter-acting the side effects of transepidermal water loss while you sleep. Remember, hydrated skin equates to a more youthful and radiant complexion.
Maximised Ingredient Intake
When you sleep, your skin lowers its defence barriers and goes into repair mode, becoming more porous. What this means is that, it goes into a state where it becomes fully receptive to the ingredients and products that you choose to apply to it, as it is no longer fighting environmental stressors (like it would during the day). This makes your nighttime routine ideal for incorporating powerful ingredients such as retinol and a good night cream, where your skin will benefit hugely from the quality and potency of their ingredients.
See below to check out our #SkinFood favourite products!
Caudalie - Crème S.O.S Hydration Intense
Caudalie's S.O.S cream is truly a drink for your skin, making it a perfect option for your night cream. Derived from 97% natural ingredients, it contains Caudalie's patented grape seed polyphenols which act as a powerful antioxidant to the skin, helping to reverse cell damage during the night. Its blend of other naturally derived ingredients such as borage oil and squalane, further help by locking moisture in as you sleep. This product is also good value for money.
Biossance - Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
Biossance have been quite the rage lately thanks to their clean ingredients, commitment to sustainable practises and high performance products. When it comes to feeding your skin, Omega oils have always been high on the list of key ingredients. Whilst we love the idea of eating your omegas, we also like the idea of putting them directly on your face. This moisturiser is deeply hydrating and is packed with omega 3 fatty acids, squalene and ceramides. This being said, it is not overly thick, leaving a gorgeous sheen on the skin and making it a perfect night cream option.
Algenist - Sleeping Collagen
This collagen sleeping cream is somewhat unique thanks to its patented technology and buttery, cushion like texture. Derived from vegan, plant collagen, this formulation works by injecting your skin with serious moisture and feeding your complexion overnight. Your skin will look dewier, more supple and hydrated with consistent use.