Saturday 13 March 2021

Are Night Creams Necessary?

Whether night creams work or not is an age old questions asked by most women. The main thought being, do we have to use one specifically designed for nighttime use? Why can't we just use our normal day cream?

Well Perricone MD UK commissioned an independent study with women 35+ in the UK to discover what they think of the whole night cream situ.

The independent study found that women’s key skincare concerns are wrinkles, fine lines, and dehydration. As for what they want from their skincare products, you won't be surprised. Women over 35 are looking for their products to provide anti-ageing benefits, smoother and firmer skin, as well as a clearer complexion. More interesting however, is that the research also found that 65% of women use a separate day and night cream every day and of those that do, 91% have seen noticeable results! 

These women are clearly on to something. According to the experts, a night cream is necessary... well, at least using a cream, at night, is. As Sapna Palep, M.D., a dermatologist and founder of Spring Street Dermatology in New York City, explained to Shape, "Stem cells in the epidermis reproduce mainly at night, creating new skin cells that replace aged cells and reduce the appearance of ageing." And this nighttime regeneration of cells also helps skin to better absorb active ingredients. Now this makes one thing clear, applying skincare products at night can't do anything but help the skin. But how about products targeted and marketed for nighttime use specifically? Do they do anything different? Put simply, some do, and some don't. 

Now although there are some amazing day creams on the market, offering a number of skin benefits, night creams often contain ingredients that day creams don't and that is their advantage. For example, many night creams are formulated with retinoids and higher levels of vitamin C or exfoliating acids. As these ingredients make skin more vulnerable to sun damage, they aren't included in day creams. Furthermore, night creams often use thicker and richer formulas with more humectants and emollients, to deeply moisturise the skin. However, if these same humectants and emollients were used in day creams, the skin could feel heavy and greasy. So, although they're not essential, they really do provide benefit. 95% of women that use them agree, after all!

As for the best night creams out there, I have four fab recommendations. First up is the Perricone MD Essential Fx Intensive Overnight Moisturiser (£129, which intensely nourishes and improves elasticity, delivers time-released nutrition throughout the night to re-texturise skin, and relaxes the appearance of expression lines. 

For those with sensitive skin, I recommend the new Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream (£45 It hydrates, strengthens the skin's barrier, and optimises skin’s overnight repair function. 

Next up is the Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturiser (£70 John Lewis), a great night cream for those in need of extra skin protection. It is a supercharged skin saviour that neutralises daily exposure to pollutants and free radicals while you sleep. 

For the dry skin girls, my final recommendation is the Nivea Face Regenerating Night Cream (£4.19 Boots). Containing vitamin E and provitamin B5, this Nivea formula deeply moisturises skin for up to 24 hours while balancing skin’s own moisture level and providing protection from free radicals. 

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