So you’ve already got your skincare routine down pat, whether it’s a 10-step Korean skincare or a minimalist one, you’ve got it. Did you include night creams as well? You’re probably thinking, great, just another product I don’t need. Not to sound too tita, but a night cream is good if you want to prevent premature skin aging.
You know what they say; prevention is better than cure. What better way to ensure you get youthful and plump skin than a night cream? With some advice from dermatologist Dr. Maria Elinor Grace "Meg" Sison, we’ve prepared a buying guide to serve as a little cheat sheet to acquaint you with night creams as well as our recommended products!
From its namesake, it is a cream for nighttime use. They say that nighttime is where your skin gets maximum rest, so it is all the more ideal to apply skincare to allow your skin to soak in the product. It can contain ingredients not ideal for day use such as retinol, which can cause your skin to get sun damage.
The main difference between day and night cream is the lack of SPF. Day creams are geared to protect you from UV rays and the environment, and are much lighter in consistency, while night creams are heavier and aims to replace the loss of moisture during the day.
Night creams are often thought to be for those with mature skin, but it doesn’t hurt to start prevention early. It is useful for repairing your skin, boosting collagen production, and preventing signs of aging, so you can wake up to plumper, more moisturized skin.
Night creams are moisturizers that are applied at night to prevent transepidermal water loss from your skin. They contain emollients, humectants, and occlusives. They may also contain actives such as retinoids that target specific skin concerns like fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Night creams don’t have too sound too intense; just think of it as a moisturizer for the night. You don’t have to use the one your mom or tita uses either. There are a plethora of options in the market and one that is geared for your skin type.
A night cream is excellent for restoring moisture that may have been lost during the day due to sun exposure or pollution. That is why you have to look for moisturizing ingredients to help hydrate your skin.
Ingredients such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and shea butter help hydrate your skin and allow it to retain moisture better. This is because your skin tends to produce less sebum at night, making you more susceptible to losing hydration.
Night creams should have the right balance of occlusives, humectants, and emollients. Humectants such as glycerin attract and bind water. They also aid in skin barrier recovery. Occlusives effectively seal moisture in the skin such as dimethicones and shea butter.
Emollients are used for their ability to soften and smoothen the skin and impart a silky feel. Examples are low molecular weight hydrocarbons and dimethicones, cetyl or Cetearyl alcohol, cetylcaprylic/ capric triglyceride, grapeseed oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil.
Different skin types have different concerns, just because one product worked for your friend, does not mean it will work the same for you. Check your skin type to see what works best for you.
Even if you have oily skin, it is still important for you to moisturize. Not moisturizing your skin can actually make it oilier because your skin will produce more sebum to make up for the lack of hydration.
Water-based and oil-free products help moisturize skin without the added layer of grease, so you don’t wake up looking shiny. Check the product; make sure it contains ingredients beneficial for oily skin such as tea tree and salicylic acid, which helps regulate your skin’s oiliness.
Night creams in gel format are water-based, and they do not impart a greasy feeling so they are ideal for oily skin. Newer gel formulations may contain the humectant glycerin, the emollient dimethicone, or hyaluronic acid to aid in skin hydration.
An emulsion format can also be used because it spreads very easily, is water washable and less greasy. Emulsions contain humectants such as glycerin, propylene glycol, or polyethylene glycol (PEG) to prevent the product from drying out.
A night cream is ideal if you have dry skin, as it is more susceptible to signs of skin aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. It can provide that much-needed moisture for your skin and keep it hydrated, so you'd wake up with plump and younger-looking skin.
Look for hydrating ingredients such as coconut or almond oil, hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture into the skin, and peptides to boost collagen production and prevent premature aging.
Dry skin types would benefit more from night creams with emollients like ceramides and humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid.
Cream types are also less greasy, spread easily on the skin, and provide a protective film of oil that remains on the skin as an emollient, while the slow evaporation of the water phase provides a cooling effect. Look for ingredients that help with repairing the skin barrier such as ceramides, squalane, fatty acids, and niacinamide.
Those with sensitive skin will benefit more from night creams that do not contain fragrances, as it is a potential skin irritant, especially if it is synthetic.
Your skin will benefit more form lightweight and hypoallergenic formulas that do not contain parabens, phthalates, or mineral oil, as these can cause itchiness and redness to your skin.
For sensitive skin, fragrance-free formulations are recommended to decrease the chances of skin irritation.
Ceramides, squalane, fatty acids, niacinamide can help in maintaining the skin barrier while allantoin, Centella Asiatica, and green tea extract have soothing properties that are beneficial for those with sensitive skin.
Polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) such as gluconolactone and lactobionic acid can also be helpful because of their antioxidant as well as humectant properties.
Night cream is ideal for restoring moisture into aging skin, so it looks plumper and smoother. You can also benefit from richer and thicker creams to ensure the product seeps into your skin.
Look for anti-aging ingredients such as retinol, vitamin B5, and E to reduce the appearance of fine lines and keep skin soft, smooth, and healthy. Peptides are also beneficial as it increases the elasticity of the skin.
Mature skin types would benefit from night creams containing retinoids (retinol or retinal) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) for antiaging, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.
Niacinamide can also help in repairing the skin barrier and in hyperpigmentation. Peptides have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can also help in improving skin texture.
Try to look for products that are non-comedogenic to avoid clogging your pores, which can cause breakouts, uneven skin tone, and rough texture. This is especially helpful if you have oily skin as it could make your face greasier.
Choosing a night cream should be based on your particular skin type and skin concerns. In general lighter formulations are more suitable for oily skin, fragrance-free formulations are for sensitive skin, and richer formulations are more appropriate for dry skin.
Mature skin types would benefit from night creams if these have actives like retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, niacinamide, and peptides. It can sometimes take a lot of trial and error to choose the right night cream so it's best to consult a board-certified dermatologist for guidance in your skincare regimen.
Who says night creams are too Tita? Here are our top picks for night creams that will give you plump and glowing skin come morning.
Disclaimer: These products are recommendations made by our team at mybest Philippines. Our expert, Dr. Maria Elinor Grace Sison, MD, MPM, FPDS, is not affiliated with, nor is she endorsing any of the brands we mention below.
|Key Ingredients||Vinolevure, Ceramides, Reservatrol|
|Highlights||Non-Comedogenic, Dermatologically Tested, Silicone, Paraben, Phthalates, Mineral Oil-Free|
|Net Weight||50 ml|
|Skin Type||Normal to Oily|
|Key Ingredients||Ceramides, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid|
|Highlights||Non-Comedogenic, Oil-Free, Fragrance-Free, Non-Irritating, Hypoallergenic|
|Net Weight||3 oz|
|Skin Type||Dry, Sensitive|
|Key Ingredients||Hyaluronic Acid, Pro Vitamin Complex, Olive Oil Extract|
|Highlights||Non-Comedogenic, Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist Tested|
|Net Weight||48 g|
|Key Ingredients||Retinol 24 Complex, Niacinamide|
|Highlights||Fragrance and Dye-Free|
|Net Weight||50 g|
|Key Ingredients||Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides|
|Highlights||Rest & Restore Technology, Memory Bounce Technology, Non-Comedogenic|
|Net Weight||60 ml|
|Key Ingredients||Clary Sage, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil|
|Highlights||Dermatologist Tested, Non-Comedogenic, Paraben, Phthalate, Petrolatum, and SLS-Free|
|Net Weight||51 g|
|Skin Type||Dry, Oily|
|Key Ingredients||Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin|
|Highlights||Non-Comedogenic, 100% Alcohol-Free|
|Net Weight||50 g|
|Key Ingredients||Miracle Broth, Lime Tea|
|Highlights||Paraben, Phthalate, and Sulfate-Free|
|Net Weight||60 ml|
|Key Ingredients||Pro-Retinol A, Centella Asiatica|
|Net Weight||50 ml|
|Key Ingredients||Primrose, Hunza Apricot, Hydro Ion Mineral Water|
|Highlights||Sleep-Tox, Moisture Wrap, Sleepscent|
|Net Weight||70 ml|
Reservatrol [Lift] Night Infusion Cream
PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
Rich Night Cream
Regenerist Retinol24 Moisturiser Cream
Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream
Intense Hydration Night Cream
Hydro Boost Water Gel
Crème de la Mer
Revitalift Anti-Aging Night Cream
Water Sleeping Mask
Infused with All-Natural Goodness
Oil-Free Moisturizer to Avoid Clogging Your Pores
Hypoallergenic Night Cream for Sensitive Skin
Get Younger Looking Skin in 28 Days
Nourishes Your Skin and Not Your Pillow
Retain Moisture with Clary Sage
Your Introductory Product to Night Creams
Rich Cream for Intense Hydration
Say Goodbye to Skin Sagging with DermaLift
For Skin That's Glassy and Not Oily
|Price Starts at||₱3,170||₱1,350||₱649||₱1,999||₱3,186||₱850||₱898||₱11,550||₱849||₱900|
|Skin Type||All||Normal to Oily||Dry, Sensitive||Mature||All||Dry||Dry, Oily||All||Mature||Oily|
|Key Ingredients||Vinolevure, Ceramides, Reservatrol||Ceramides, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid||Hyaluronic Acid, Pro Vitamin Complex, Olive Oil Extract||Retinol 24 Complex, Niacinamide||Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides||Clary Sage, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil||Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin||Miracle Broth, Lime Tea||Pro-Retinol A, Centella Asiatica||Primrose, Hunza Apricot, Hydro Ion Mineral Water|
|Highlights||Non-Comedogenic, Dermatologically Tested, Silicone, Paraben, Phthalates, Mineral Oil-Free||Non-Comedogenic, Oil-Free, Fragrance-Free, Non-Irritating, Hypoallergenic||Non-Comedogenic, Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist Tested||Fragrance and Dye-Free||Rest & Restore Technology, Memory Bounce Technology, Non-Comedogenic||Dermatologist Tested, Non-Comedogenic, Paraben, Phthalate, Petrolatum, and SLS-Free||Non-Comedogenic, 100% Alcohol-Free||Paraben, Phthalate, and Sulfate-Free||Features DermaLift||Sleep-Tox, Moisture Wrap, Sleepscent|
|Net Weight||50 ml||3 oz||48 g||50 g||60 ml||51 g||50 g||60 ml||50 ml||70 ml|
Using night cream doesn’t mean you have to forego your usual skincare routine. It is just an added layer of protection to ensure your face gets all the help it needs to repair your skin.
Go about your usual skincare routine; cleanse your face first to help you get rid of the day’s grime and dirt. This helps your skincare products to absorb faster into your face, and then apply toner and serum or essence.
Apply the night cream last to prevent moisture loss. Night creams are often heavier than day creams and this creates a protective coating to prevent your skin from losing water while you sleep.
Night creams are best applied while skin is still damp after cleansing to lock in the moisture in the skin's outermost layer.
Just because it is great for moisturizing your skin does not mean you should just pile it on your face. If you are not sure how much product to apply then use the 5-dot method, this is great to help you get used to applying night cream.
Apply a dot of the product onto your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. This helps you to evenly distribute the product and ensure every part of your face gets covered. Once you get used to the amount of product you need, you can skip this step.
Night creams need not be applied in thick layers on the entire face and neck. As long the product is spread evenly on the skin it will still work and help with skin hydration.
Once you have dotted the product all over your face, gently pat them in upward and circular strokes using your fingers. Do not be too harsh on your skin by tugging or rubbing vigorously as it can cause your skin to sag.
After you have finished applying on your face, don’t forget to apply some on your neck as well. Your face might look fine but it’s a different story once you get to your neck. This is because the skin on your neck tends to be quite thin and doesn’t produce as much oil.
Apply the night cream gently on the skin and don't forget to also apply it to the neck. There is no need to rub the product because it will still be able to prevent moisture loss from the skin through the emollients, humectants, and occlusives in its ingredients.
Night creams can also be used as your day moisturizers as long as they do not have retinoids and AHAs. If your night cream contains actives, be sure to consult a board-certified dermatologist first so that she/he can guide you if you can use your night cream with your other skincare products.
It’s the start of the “ber” months, and you know that means the weather is going to be cold soon. Prevent your face from looking dry and flaky and look glowing come Christmas time.
Even if you think you don’t need it, you skin can benefit a thing or two from night creams. Who says skincare has to take a lot to effort? You can prevent premature skin aging, rejuvenate, and restore your skin’s quality all while you’re getting your beauty sleep!
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