Sometimes people ask whether it's worth using a night cream vs a day cream - isn't this just a way for companies to essentially make more sales. Great question, isn't it?
A day moisturiser and night cream not only will feel differently on your skin – one is usually lovely and light and the other is creamier and luxurious, but they are formulated to work a little differently from each other. Here’s why;
A day cream is formulated to keep your skin hydrated and work on protecting your skin against environmental aggressors like UV, pollution and free radicals. Taking into consideration that you apply sunscreen over your moisturizer during the day, you will naturally produce more oil and sweat more than you do at night, it’s why we intuitively prefer a lighter moisturizer to keep our skin feeling fresh and not weighed down.
Whereas a night cream is formulated to rehydrate your skin with lots of emollients and repair any damage done during the day. When you're asleep, your body takes the time to heal itself and this is also true for your skin. Therefore, when your night cream is loaded with good quality active ingredients, your skin will use these ingredients to do the work hence the phrase 'getting your beauty sleep'.
When it comes to formulating night creams, it’s really impossible to load one product with all the essential ingredients, so that’s why it’s really important to pick out a serum to compliment your night cream.
So to help make sure your building a solid night-time skin routine, here are our must have ingredients to look out for:
Ceramides are essentially lipids that wrap around our skin cells and play a massive part in keeping our skin cells healthy, hydrated and protected. Just like collagen our bodies stop producing these as we start to age, so it’s important to continue to strengthen a healthy support system for our skin cells. We have a few products that contain ceramides such as our Age Defence Serum, SOS Night Repair Cream, Retinol 0.5% and Retinol 1.0% Serum.
Cupuacu Butter & Shea Butter are beautiful, exotic butters that will keep your skin hydrated throughout the night and teamed up with heavier plant-based oils like Rosehip, Avocado and Hemp Oils ensures your skin is fully nourished. We have a few beautiful night creams available that contain these lovely emollients SOS Night Repair Cream, Intensive Hemp Cream and Advanced Hydration Night Cream.
Propanediol, Hyaluronic Acid & Aloe Vera are our choice of humectants which act like big magnets that draw in water and keeps it on the top layers of your skin.
Vitamin A – Retinol is perfect for your night-time routine as using it during the day is a no-no due to the increased sun sensitivity it causes. The benefits of retinol include fighting acne, reducing wrinkles and dark spots and helps to brighten dull skin. Coming soon Retinol 0.5% and Retinol 1.0% Serums.
Vitamin B3 – Niacinamide is perfectly tolerated by all skin types, helps reduce inflammation, reduces transdermal water loss and helps to repair the skin barrier. All our moisturisers contains Niacinamide.
Finger Lime is a new generation of AHAs extracted from the caviar lime and is a gentle exfoliator. Finger Lime induces gentle skin exfoliation for a smoother, brighter and even skin tone. Check out our AHA Illuminating Serum.
Kakadu Plum is the most potent plant-based Vitamin C in the world and is the most effective antioxidant for your skin. Vitamin C fights off free radicals and it can also repair UV damage done to your skin. Advanced Hydration Night Cream and Vitamin C Serum both contain Kakadu Plum.
Peptides are powerful anti-wrinkle agents which helps reverse the chronological ageing and are designed to combat expression wrinkles. It reduces the depth of the wrinkles on the face caused by the contraction of muscles of facial expression, especially in the forehead and around the eyes. Our Advanced Hydration Night Cream contain peptides.
After considering the benefits that night creams offer, it's easy to see it's not just a dream. If you've never used a night cream before, allow your skin to be rehydrated and repaired by introducing a night cream into your routine, the transformation is truly worth it.