Oh how we love a good night cream. There is something some satisfying about laying a heavy, nourishing formula on our face each night before we settle off to sleep. Satisfaction and night-time rituals aside, night creams are not a beauty gimmick, rather a necessary addition to your regime if you want your skin to be looking and feeling its best. What is so great about them? For starters, they are much richer than day creams, which allows them to be much more hydrating.
Lots of night creams also contain a cocktail of other powerful ingredients (think acids, retinol, probiotics) specifically designed to work in synchrony with your skin while you sleep. Neat, huh? In other words, if you were thinking about giving them a miss – don’t. The right night cream really can make a marked difference to your complexion, so sit back, relax and read on to find out which one you need to *add to cart*.
Serious snaps for Upcircle’s 100% vegan, UK made, cruelty-free formulas, our favourite of which is this intensely hydrating face cream. The rich texture goes on thick but is quickly absorbed so you’re not dealing with any greasy, excess product. The hero ingredient is upcycled argan powder made from ground up organ shells, a natural by-product of the argan oil industry. This vitamin E rich powder is blended with calming aloe vera, blood orange and cocoa butter to leave skin supple and smooth.
Excess oil is usually a sign that you’re producing too much sebum so the first thing you should do is look to rebalance your complexion. One of the greatest benefits of CBD is its ability to restore harmony within the skin. As a result, it can help reduce sebum production. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory, making it great for those struggling with breakouts.
Results-driven Elemis are nothing short of skincare Gods and their Pro-Collagen Night Cream is one of those products that is worth the cash – as pricey as it may be. Our skin naturally regenerates while we sleep which is why a night cream with targeted ingredients is so imperative. Red algae, avocado and sesame seed oil increase elasticity leaving the skin plump as a babies bottom. Come morning your face will be supple AF, trust.
Aurelia’s night moisturiser has earned its place amongst other cult products thanks to its does-it-all approach. Every ingredient housed in this jar has been carefully chosen for its complexion transforming abilities. Take omegas 3, 6 and 9, each one possesses powerful anti-ageing properties and shields the skin from external aggressors and free-radical damage. Thrown in softening shea butter, antioxidant-rich monogono, rosehip and hibiscus AND protective probiotics et voila your skin is saved.
Rest assured you can trust retinol to keep breakouts at bay and this overnight cream is packed full of it. Not only will this multi-use formula curb blemishes and refine your complexion, but it also has vitamin C and bisabolo to brighten and soothe. Plus, retinol is one of the most efficacious anti-ageing ingredients around, so you will notice a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, too. Win-win.
If sensitivity is stressing out you and your skin reach for Gallinee’s gentle Hydrating Face Cream. Probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics offer relief from irritated, itchy and extremely dry skin by restoring the skin’s microbiome (levels of good bacteria) and increasing its barrier function. The lightweight formula also contains organic myrtle extract, a naturally fortifying antioxidant.
Think of this thick formula like a pint of water for your face. It harnesses the hydrating powers of oat lipids and ceramides to condition your complexion without clogging pores. Colloidal oatmeal supports the skins natural barrier, locking in moisture and ensuring hydration levels are maintained, all the while soothing stressed, irritated skin.
Scars needs exfoliating ingredients to help resurface and renew the skin. Revolution Skincare’s Glycolic Acid Glow Overnight Cream contains glycolic acid, a powerful exfoliant that sloughs away the build-up of dead cells, revealing smoother, more even skin in its place. As well as improving the texture of your complexion, glycolic acid brightens and diminishes dark spots and pigmentation, so expect a radiance boost, too. Squalane provides powerful hydration leaving an oily residue, preventing new spots from forming.