How important is using an anti-aging night cream? According to The Youthist, as we get older, the role of the anti-aging night cream becomes even more important.
At night, when you’re sleeping, is a great time for your skin to rejuvenate since this is when your body regenerates. You don’t have to worry about protection from the sun, harsh pollutants, or the environment in general, maximising the potential benefits of an anti-aging formula’s active ingredients.
WHAT DOES AN ANTI-AGING NIGHT CREAM DO?
Research indicates there are some major benefits to using night creams to combat signs of aging. When used regularly, an effective anti-aging night cream can:
- Increase the skin’s hydration levels
- Boost collagen & improve elasticity
- Reduce visible fine lines & wrinkles
- Even out skin tone & target brown spots and other skin discolorations
- Help repair damage from free radicals, the sun, pollution as well as “bad” habits (drinking & smoking).
DO I NEED A NIGHT CREAM?
When we think about skincare, we are often told that balance is key to treating and “detoxifying” skin in order to minimize interference with the regenerative processes that happen at night. Granted this is true, many skin types actually need a moisture boost. Depending on skin-type this can be achieved through the use of serums for light moisture, lotions for mid-moisture and creams for the most intense dose. It’s important to note that it’s beneficial to pick anti-aging skincare products that are water-based for night usage as they are often the ones that let the skin “breathe” most.
CAN I USE A DAY CREAM AT NIGHT AND VICE VERSA?
In short, yes – as long as your anti-aging day cream doesn’t have sunscreen. The long answer is that many anti-aging day creams focus on being light and easily absorbent so they can be worn under makeup therefore may not have intensive hydrating properties a night anti-aging cream has. They may also not contain reparative ingredients often found in anti-aging night creams such as Glycolic Acid or Retinol that can be sensitizing to skin when exposed to the sun. Although we do recommend avoiding these anti-aging ingredients in the day, if you must use them, make sure to apply an effective sunscreen before leaving the house.
Some anti-aging night cream products to try: