Day cream vs night cream. Do you really need both? Well, I’m always keen to multi-task my products wherever possible, especially when traveling, but sometimes it’s better to use the right product at the right time to get the best results.
When it comes to day and night moisturisers the main difference is that the daytime product should contain sun protection and be rated SPF 15 or greater.
Wearing a moisturiser with SPF during the day will protect your skin from premature aging from a cosmetic viewpoint but even more importantly, it will protect your skin from skin cancer. Sun exposure is hard to avoid when you are out and about and even a little sun every day adds up and will increase the chances of dark spots and skin discoloration, as well as causing aging wrinkles.
Other than sun protection and ingredients for hydration, plumping and protection, some day moisturisers contain repairing antioxidants, peptides and skin lightening ingredients which all combine to improve skin tone and also help prevent premature ageing and wrinkles.
So, what does a night cream do? Night creams are generally thicker and richer as they have all night to absorb and work their magic. Night creams are designed to be nourishing, repairing and regenerating and to address signs of aging. They may include ingredients like retinoids (Vitamin A) and glycolic acid to enhance collagen production, skin smoothing, and even out pigmentation by boosting cell turnover. These are usually exclusive to night formulas because they can make your skin sensitive to the sun or cause hyper-pigmentation.
If you suffer from dry flaky skin on your face or neck, then the best night cream will contain hydrating ingredients such as essential oils and shea butter. A rich formula that combines a number of oils, like coconut, argan or jojoba oil, will prevent dryness and flaking, as the skin will absorb them overnight to improve texture. For fighting fine lines and wrinkles, a good night cream will also contain collagen-stimulating ingredients, like Vitamin C; or hydrating and plumping ingredients, like hyaluronic acid.
That’s it in a nutshell. Day cream vs night cream….well, if you a fanatical multi-tasker and want to use only one moisturiser, either choose a day cream for both day and night as it can’t hurt to use an SPF at night or make sure you know what ingredients are included in your night cream if that’s your choice.