When it comes to the many products targeted at women, it’s easy to be sceptical of having a day cream and a night cream – two separate moisturisers for the face. But are they really any different? Or are they just selling you a product you don’t actually need?
Self.com provided us with the key technical differences, and highlights why we should be interested in investing in a night cream (which Ella Bache Reves d’Eternite — Eternal Night Cream is one of our favourites).
There are two basic types of night creams. Of course, they can be called numerous things, but for my purposes I’m going to divide night creams into two broad categories so we can see the main benefits.
Anti-Aging — can also be called firming, anti-wrinkle and lifting. These products often contain ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, salicyclic acid and retinyl acetate. All of these ingredients help your skin to increase turnover (meaning new skin replaces older skin quicker), which can help diminish the appearance of age spots and fine lines and wrinkles. However, these ingredients can be irritating and increase skin sensitivity. Skin sensitivity can increase when exposed to UV rays, so it’s best to avoid sun exposure when using certain anti-aging creams. Therefore the best way to avoid UV exposure is to wear these products at night. Makes sense, right?
Deep Moisture — can also be called ultra-hydrating, deep nourishing and restorative. These products often just use higher levels of emollients so they are more moisturizing than their daytime counterpart. There is no real reason why you need more moisture at night, your skin doesn’t «absorb» ingredients any better. Your skin is constantly regenerating, so if you are happy with the level of moisture you receive from your daily moisturiser than you likely don’t need a separate night cream. However, if you find that your skin is drier when you are at home you may want to use a heavier cream at night (or invest in a humidifier!)
Are night creams different than day creams?
Day moisturisers tend to be lighter and nowadays they usually contain SPF. Night creams don’t contain SPF (which does make them feel different) and are often heavier and more hydrating. Anti-aging night creams may contain higher levels of active ingredients since they are specifically intended to be worn at night to minimise irritation from UV exposure. Of course, they are many anti-aging day creams available as well. But if you find that your anti-aging day cream is irritating, you may want to switch to a night cream and stick to a regular moisturiser for day use. Also, be sure to look for the ingredients I mentioned earlier (in particular, retinol and retinyl acetate) since they can be especially irritating when worn during the day.
Use Ella Bache Reves d’Eternite for nights to focus on firmness. This nifty night cream makes sure you wake up looking your best, this cream is full of spheres of hyaluronic acid and micro-collagen which firms and plumps your skin.