What is the difference between day creams and night creams? Why are night creams so expensive? Are they really THAT effective or are night creams just another beauty gimmick designed to dupe women out of their hard earned cash? The answer depends a lot on the formulation of your night cream. If you buy a day and night cream set and find that the ingredients are EXACTLY the same, maybe you are being fooled by marketing and clever labeling. However, in many cases the use of a separate night cream from your day cream can actually create dramatic improvement on your skin.
Day creams tend to be lighter so they provide a great base for make-up and are not too thick that they leave your face looking greasy all day. The fact that they need to be light and devoid of ingredients that may react with makeup or sun exposure limits the type of nutrients that can be included in day creams. Night creams on the other hand have the benefit of staying on your face all night, not getting wiped off with dirt and sweat AND don’t need to contend with sun exposure. So what really are the benefits of using night creams? Read on to find out.
Night Creams Typically Have More Potent Formulations
As mentioned above, because night creams aren’t typically worn under makeup, sunscreen or exposed to the heat of the sun, a plethora of skin renewing and skin enriching ingredients can be added to them. For example, both Retinol and vitamin C, high performing anti-oxidants that are good for the skin, can break down when exposed to sunlight and the same goes for other anti-oxidants. Retinol, the scientific term for a whole molecule of vitamin A, can also make skin quite sensitive causing irritation when used with the sun out!
Pro Tip: Since vitamin C breaks down with light and air exposure, avoid buying vitamin C creams/serums that come in jars. Opt for ones that come in pumps or individual capsules.
Night Creams are A LOT More Effective at Addressing Anti-Aging Concerns
Retinol, a common ingredient of effective night creams is one of the best ingredients to address aging skin and dull complexion. As we age, as in…as soon as we turn 25 years old, our cells begin to decrease their turn over rates. As a consequence, our skin begins to look dull because new skin cells are not produced as often. Retinol can help revive dull skin by inducing skin renewal.
Night Creams Tend To Be More Hydrating
Remember how we mentioned that day creams tend to be lighter? Well, on the opposite end of the spectrum, night creams or serums tend to be heavier or oil based. It can get a little bit uncomfortable, yes, but you’re not going to be doing anything except sleep anyway so might as well right? There are two types of moisturizers in the market: occlusive and humectants. Occlusives, like thick creams, petroleum and oils, PREVENT water from the skin from evaporating keeping it hydrated all night long. Night creams tend to be thicker than day creams for this reason. Humectants, like glycerol and hyaluronic acid, attract water to themselves making moisture more available to the skin.
It Is Virtually Impossible to Address Wrinkles with Just Day Creams
In order to PREVENT wrinkles, you must apply and ingest anti-oxidants, moisturize your skin and wear sunscreen. However, in order to REMOVE wrinkles, only vitamin A derivatives like retinol have been CLINICALLY proven to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Retinol, aside from aiding skin renewal, is also shown to increase production and synthesis of collagen. Collagen is the protein that makes young skin supple, pliable and wrinkle free. Since retinol can be irritating to the skin when exposed to sunlight, day creams don’t have retinol in them.
Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest. Her interests include reading and writing about Health, Fitness, and skincare science. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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