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Do you use a night cream? If not… you need to get on it! If I can pinpoint one thing that has healed my skin, it’s my nighttime skincare routine.
So many women I chat with don’t think they need a night cream. 🙄 I strongly disagree! My mom used one every single night, and it paid off. Like her, I’ve picked up the habit and swear by the practice of using one nightly.
Before we dive into why I think you need one, let’s chat about what it is exactly.
What is a night cream?
A night cream keeps your face hydrated, smooths and evens your skin, combats aging, hydrates dry patches, reduces redness and puffiness and regenerates cells while you sleep. Essentially… it’s magic.
Now, I will confess, a good bedtime cream isn’t always the cheapest, but it is soooo worth the expense.
To find your perfect night cream, you need to consider your skin type, your budget, and your skincare routine.
What are the benefits of a night cream?
At night your skin takes in ingredients better than during the day. When you sleep, your skin cells are regenerating.
A good night cream will clear the dirt off of your face, replenish your skin cells, and prevent tissue damage.
But that’s not all… it gets even better. An excellent night cream:
- moisturizes your face
- soothes your face
- evens your skin texture
- boosts collagen
- helps with blood circulation
- reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- prevents sagging
- softens the skin
- restores elasticity
What night cream do I need for my skin type?
Each skin type is different. Getting the incorrect night cream can clog your pores or dry out your skin, depending on your skin type.
If you have dry skin, like me, you will want to find a balm or cream with hyaluronic acid or glycerin. The idea is to reverse dryness, and both of those elements draw water to the epidermis.
You’ll also want to seal the moisture in. This is important for me because I live in the desert. So I like to make sure my night cream has mineral oil in it, which seals the water in my skin.
If you have sensitive skin, you want something mild yet still advantageous. One of the main irritators of sensitive skin is fragrances. You’ll want to find a fragrance-free night cream.
Next, you’ll want something that enhances the skin without irritating, so look for ingredients like green tea, vitamin C, rose oil, or lavender oil. These include antioxidants which reduce aging and fade dark spots.
If you have oily skin, you want to get moisture and hydration, but not pimples or clogged pores. In this case, you’ll want to look for hydrators like hyaluronic acid or glycerin.
The thing about oily skin is that natural products will still break you out. So you want to avoid oils, even naturals ones.
How do I apply my night cream?
It seems simple to apply a night cream right? Just slather it on and go to sleep? But actually, there is a method to get the best benefits from your cream, and to save product.
Step 1: Wash your face thoroughly and let it air dry.
Step 2: Take a dime sized amount of your cream and dab it over your entire face, except your eyelids.
Step 3: In an upward and circular motion, massage it into your skin.
What night cream should I buy?
There are always new brands, textures, and technology around night creams and skin care. It’s important that you remember that salespeople jobs are to sell you things. They may not genuinely care about your specific needs.
Choosing a night cream is a personal journey. I strongly suggest you do your research, read reviews, and choose a night cream that fits your skin issues and your budget.
If it helps, here are a few of my top picks for night creams! I’ve tried many of them, and those I did not try, are recommendations people I know and love who have amazing skin and swear by their night creams.
That’s it! Whatever you choose, as with all things in life, consistency is essential. Using your cream every single night is the only way you will see the benefits.
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