The 7 biggest things you need to know about night cream

If you are a skincare enthusiast or not, you might have probably tried a night cream or have heard how essential it is in a skincare regime. But have you ever wondered why does your skin need a night cream? Is it some marketing tactic, or is it worth it? If you have all these questions in your mind,
then you are at the right place. So let’s walk through all the facts and myths about night cream.

Why night cream?

During the daytime, our skin is subjected to pollution, dust, heat, UV radiations and what not. So, practically, it’s only at the night when our skin is at rest, undisturbed. Skin repair, regenerates and restore itself at night. However, the catch is that even while our skin is at rest, it naturally loses
moisture. So, instead of getting refreshed looking skin in the morning, we wake up to dehydrated, tired and dry looking skin. So, precisely this is where a night cream can step in to help. 

The night creams aid in the skin repairing process while we enjoy our blissful night sleep. Our skin is more permeable at night, which means it effectively absorbs any skincare product that we apply at night.

The night creams penetrate through the deeper layers of the skin and hydrate the skin effectively. These thicker and heavier formulations also prevent water loss from the skin simultaneously so that we wake up to hydrated, soft, plump and nourished skin in the morning.

Am I too young to apply a night cream ?

If you are in your mid-twenties, then it is always advisable to start using a night cream. As we age, the production of collagen, which is responsible for firm, plump and moisturized skin, decreases in our skin. A good night cream stimulates collagen production and helps prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin.

How do I choose a night cream?

Night creams are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. These vitamins help boost collagen and rejuvenates the skin, while the antioxidants help fight free radicals that damage the skin. So, whenever you are choosing a night cream, look at the ingredients and your skin type. If you choose a night cream with natural ingredients, the ingredients should be rich in vitamins A, C and E and antioxidants. Several essential oils and active botanicals contain these vitamins and antioxidants. Natural ingredients like, Hemp seed, Helichrysum, Wheat germ oil, Blue tansy oil, Rosehip oil, Seabuckthorn, Almonds, Olives, Coconut, Avocado, Banana etc. are all treasure troves of skin-nourishing vitamins and antioxidants.

Many night cream cum anti-ageing creams are rich in retinol, peptides, retinoids etc. These creams boost collagen production, increases cell turnover and fights early signs of ageing but may cause redness or irritation on sensitive skin. Besides, these creams may also increase UV- sensitivity of the skin. Hence, it is always advisable to pair these heavy-duty night creams with an SPF during the day. However, if that is too much for you, you should always go with night creams with natural ingredients.

Benefits of night cream

Coming to the most crucial part, What are the benefits of night cream? Now, we have collated that for you.

  • Night cream moisturizes the skin deeply and keeps it hydrated.
  • It boosts collagen production, and some night creams also help prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin.
  • It promotes cell turnover and stimulates collagen, which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  •  A night cream nourishes the skin, leaving it soft, plump and supple.
  • The night cream also soothes the skin. It also helps to repair the skin from the damage caused due to the sun.
  • The night creams reduce dullness, pigmentation and dark spots, resulting in an even skin tone.
  • Some night creams also help reduce inflammation, prevents acne and help in diminishing scars.
  • It also results in firmer skin and prevents skin from sagging.
  • Some night creams with natural essential oils help balance oily skin by regulating oil production and keeping it hydrated simultaneously.

Is there a difference between a night cream and day cream/moisturizers?

Many people apply their day cream as a night cream too. However, this is not a correct skincare approach. Day and night cream differ in their texture, active ingredients, function and SPF (of course).
As we already stated, night creams are richer, thicker, and heavier in texture than their day counterparts to hydrate, repair, and revitalize the skin all night long. A day cream might not be able to provide the extra hydration that our skin needs at night. Our skin is subjected to pollution, dirt, environmental stress, UV rays during the day. Day cream or a moisturizer is therefore rich in SPF to provide protection and support. However, if applied as a night cream, it may clog the pore, and since it doesn’t contain the same active and nourishing ingredients as a night cream, its application would not lead to the desired effect.

 

How to apply a night cream?

Anything applied on an unclean face never gives the desired result. Therefore, it is always essential to clean your face before applying any night cream or moisturizer, for that matter. First, clean your face with a mild face wash. Pat it dry. Take a pea-size amount and gently massage it into your skin in an upward circular motion. Apply the night cream 15-20 minutes before going to bed.

Do men also need a night cream?

To all the gentlemen out there, the answer is yes! Your skin is also exposed to pollution, dust and UV radiations just like all our pretty ladies. Besides, shaving also leaves skin dry and the nicks and cut that might happen during shave damages the skin. A night cream prevents the skin from drying out
and replenish the moisture lost during the day.

Our Verdict

A night cream is indeed an essential tool of your skincare arsenal. However, before making a choice, as we always say, read the ingredients label. A good and effective night cream hydrates, repairs, and provides essential nutrition to the skin while you enjoy your beauty sleep! We hope you loved reading this article as much as we loved writing it. We have tried to answer your most common doubts about night cream. In case of any query or doubt, you can reach to us at . We would love to hear from you. Till then, keep taking care of yourself and your skin.

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