We put a lot faith in night creams; after all we give them a clear eight hours of ‘alone time’ on our skin while we sleep, all the while hoping they’ll repair, reinvigorate and solve any and all skincare woes. Night cream
They are the most potent pillar of any skincare regime – here are eight of the best overnight miracle workers.
A boost in hydration
After a certain point moisture levels don’t bounce-back overnight, which means feeding skin hydration while you sleep becomes a key part of nighttime skincare. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Flawless Future Night Cream hydrates, but also contains tephrosia purpurea extract that helps encourage a sense of well-being and relaxation, as well as botanical hop extract that brightens skin. On top of that it contains Telosense protein complex that works against the signs of ageing – those pesky fine lines and wrinkles, for example – so your skin wakes up after a good night’s sleep as energised as you are.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Flawless Future Night Cream, £42 at Elizabeth Arden
When skin needs a helping hand
Beauty sleep is very real and during sleep cycles one crucial thing that happens is our skin repairs itself. If eight hours is a rare treat rather than an every night occurrence, No Wrinkles Midnight Moisture is a wise option because it accelerates the way skin repairs itself during the night. The luxurious cream contains persian silk tree extract to help skin detox, anti-ageing retinol and hyaluronic acid for plumping and hydration and shea butter, jojoba and evening primose for supple, glowing, plumped skin. It ensures your complexion gets the benefits of 40 winks even if you don’t.
No Wrinkles Midnight Moisture, £46 at This Works
If you’re lacking 40 winks…
All it takes is one bad night’s sleep and skin can look and feel out of whack on account of missing out on those all-important reparative sleep cycles. Vichy tested out their Idealia Skin Sleep on a panel of poor sleepers; think new mothers, nurses and shift-workers and the trials proved that they felt more relaxed before going to sleep. Additionally it freshens and smoothes while reducing the signs of fatigue.
Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep, £26.50 at Boots
The at home facial
If the idea of a facial in the comfort of your own bedroom sounds like a dream scenario then this is the night cream for you. This cream acts as a 3-phase treatment to exfoliate and brighten, revitalise and boost skin cell vitality and rejuvenate – all while you sleep. It needn’t be bad etiquette to fall asleep during a facial ever again.
Ren Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial, £32 at SpaceNK
An anti-ageing radiance booster
If you want results then the science behind BioEffect EGF Serum may be enough to convince you. The serum is all you use on cleansed skin at night, and thanks to a formula packed with hyaluronic acid and glycerin, it feeds skin with moisture while also delivering the proven anti-ageing power of epidermal growth factor (EGF). The Nobel Prize winning ingredient is a protein found naturally in the skin that restores skin radiance, rejuvenates the complexion and minimises the signs of ageing.
BioEffect EGF Serum, £125 at BioEffect
The overnight plumper
The combination of ingredients in this night cream reads like a recipe for better looking skin; laminaria digitata, red coral, Mediterranean algae and padina pavonica combine to help improve skin elasticity and firmness while sesame and avocado oils deliver free-radical protection. If your want is for firmer skin this combination will help you get there, while also delivering radiant, rejuvenated and replenished looking skin.
Elemis Pro Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, £95 at Elemis
Balance your skin
As we age, fluctuating hormones can have a real impact on our skin but this little wonder from Clarins meets the needs of skin going through these sorts of changes. Hydration and uneven skin can be the first things to be affected by hormone changes, but these are tackled thanks to organic harungana extract and Montpelier cistus. Skin will wake up balanced, quenched and glowing.
Clarins Super Restorative Night, £73 at Clarins
Restore the factory settings…
We know that skin spends a lot of the day defending itself so what better than a night time detox to get it back to factory settings. This saviour from Estée Lauder helps skin detox from everything that has accumulated during the day. Along with hydrating skin it also refinishes, reduces pores and defends against the appearance of ageing.
Estée Lauder NightWear Plus Anti-Oxidant Night Detox Cream, £46 at Estée Lauder