If you use a daily moisturiser in the morning, is it really essential to use one at night too? The short answer is, yes.
As day creams are generally designed to protect against UV by incorporating SPF and used to prime the skin for makeup application, they are often light in texture to promote rapid absorption.
Night moisturisers are usually thicker than day creams, meaning they take longer to absorb, acting as a barrier between your skin and the outside world during the hours when your skin (the human body’s largest organ) is hard at work repairing itself.
The best night cream comes with a host of benefits, which makes it a simple and quick addition to any natural skincare regime. And, what’s more, you don’t have to spend a fortune to see the results!
✓ Moisturises skin for increased hydration
✓ Boosts collagen for soft and smooth skin
✓ Increases firming properties
✓ Restores skin elasticity
✓ Helps to renew and repair cells
✓ Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
✓ Evens out complexion
✓ Brighter skin tone
✓ Reduces dark spots
Let’s explore how and why you’ll see some of these results by simply adding a night cream to your bedtime beauty regime.
Skin restores itself at night
During your waking hours, your skin is working hard to protect itself from damaging elements such as UV rays, harsh weather conditions (think heat, cold and airconditioned environments) and pollutants.
Once the sun has set and you’re tucked up in bed, your skin kicks into rejuvenation mode—a process which is only enhanced by night creams as they target specific skin concerns such as fine lines, pigmentations and dryness.
Though skin also loses a significant amount of moisture during the night, it also has the profound ability to absorb active ingredients while you sleep which makes night the ideal time to apply products that are bursting with skin plumping goodness.
Like the rest of your body, your skin switches into repair and restore mode while you’re asleep.
During this time your skin becomes more penetrable, as it lets down its natural defence mechanisms, making it an ideal time to apply a night cream and take advantage of the enhanced permeability for an intense surge of moisture.
Night creams are also tailored for any skin type to ensure you get the right type and balance of moisture. Whether you are prone to oily skin, dry skin or sensitive skin, there is a natural night cream that will ensure you get the hydration you need without irritation.
Regular use of an anti-ageing night cream will also prevent some of the natural signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, decreased collagen and reduced skin elasticity.
A good night cream will promote moisture absorption to maintain moisture levels which means your skin will look and feel smooth and plump.
Collagen is a protein—a key ingredient for strong and well-conditioned nails and hair -and plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin.
When it comes to your skin, high levels of collagen directly translate into soft, smooth and firm. Collagen helps to keep skin moist while also encouraging cellular renewal and regeneration, hence why it is a key ingredient of skin care.
Our bodies naturally make and break down collagen every single day. However, production of collagen will begin to decrease as we age, sometimes as early as mid-twenties, meaning we break down more than we make—one of the reasons for the fine lines and wrinkles.
While the application of almost any night cream will assist in maintaining a good level of collagen, there are also night creams available specifically targeted at increasing collagen production.
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Increasing collagen production is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to smoothing and firming the skin in order to avoid fine lines and wrinkles.
By using a night cream, you actively assist the skin’s natural cell renewal processes. The slow overnight hydration process of night creams helps reduce the appearance of those unwanted lines and wrinkles and over time will ensure your skin is smooth, bright and supple.
Be patient though, Rome wasn’t built in a day!
When your skin loses elasticity, for example from the reduced levels of collagen production, it becomes far more prone to dryness, wrinkles, sagging and hyperpigmentation. No thanks!
Enter a night cream, bursting with moisturising superpowers. The slow-absorbing nature of night creams means that they gradually absorb into the skin to moisturise, repair and rebalance, restoring the elasticity and thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Improves blood circulation
Not only does the night cream itself have an array of benefits, but the very act of applying it also works wonders for your skin.
When applying any moisturiser to your face, you should massage it into your skin to promote better absorption of the product and help increase blood circulation in your face.
It’s common knowledge that blood carries oxygen and nutrients to cells as it moves around the body which assists in repairing and regenerating cells. An increase of blood circulation will also increase the production of collagen which helps combat those nasty fine lines and wrinkles we all aspire to avoid!
So, when blood circulation increases, so too does cellular repair and regeneration—a big factor in maintaining smooth, radiant and plump skin.
How to apply a night cream
Though you should always follow the instructions of any beauty product you’re using, here’s some simple steps to follow that will ensure you get the most out of your night cream.
1. Wash your face with a cleanser (follow the instructions!)
Hot tip: Apply night cream to damp skin to lock in even more moisture
2. Using a gentle upward and circular motion, massage the cream onto your face—the circular motion promotes absorption and blood circulation while upwards motion works as a preventative for sagging skin.
3. Let the night cream do its thing while you, literally, get your beauty sleep.
We all know that prevention is better than a cure so don’t wait for your skin to start showing signs of ageing before you take action.
By starting to use a night cream sooner rather than later, you will not only wake feeling refreshed, you will prevent early signs of ageing and keep your skin vibrant, healthy and youthful.