I can’t say this enough – moisturizing is really important for your skin. It’s not just to have silky smooth skin – hydration, suppleness, and overall brightness are among the top benefits.
But have you ever noticed or wondered why having a different cream for day and night is a thing? Keep reading to find out if you need both!
What’s the difference?
Day creams and night creams have a specific purpose. Before picking up these up at the drugstore, it’s better to understand the differences.
It comes down to the kind of ingredients in them and how they perform on the skin in a specific time of the day. Day creams are mainly meant to hydrate your skin and prevent a tan while night creams help manage and prevent the early signs of ageing.
What is the difference in ingredients?
Day creams usually contain moisturizers along with skin regenerating peptides. In other words, you can usually find skin lightening agents like licorice, arbutin, kojic acidm vitamin c, and sunscreen with low SPF.
It’s common that night creams are a mix of all ingredients, but a cream or product containing retinol (to plump the skin) is the best for prevention of early skin aging.
How do these creams actually work?
Daytime creams are helpful for maintenance and protection against sun damage and premature skin ageing. It is recommended that you choose a cream with added SPF in it. This type of cream is are meant to keep the skin firm and shields he skin from burning and free radicals that cause skin damage. Also, it is usually in a non-greasy form and sets smoothly under make-up. If you’re going outdoors even when its overcast, apply day cream.
On the other hand, a night cream works to repair the skin and regenerate the skin cells. It’s usually used for rejuvenating and anti-aging purposes. These creams are thicker and contain ingredients that seep into the deeper layers skin through for longer. Apply your night cream after washing your face at bedtime.
What are the ingredients to watch out for?
If you haven’t bought a day cream or a night cream before, it is important to know the ingredients in these creams can make all the difference. When purchasing a day cream, look for mild ingredients like vitamin C, kojic, licorice and arbutin. Try to avoid products with hydroquinone and glycolic acid (meant to “polish” hhe skin) as they have chances of skin irritation and pigmentation when exposed to the sun.
A night cream should have added moisturizer along with some type of retinol derivative,. If not, the cream could only lead to skin irritation and dryness. But it’s better to not just rely on your day and night cream use a good moisturizer base under your day and night cream.
Let us know your favorite day and night creams below!
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