At night, our body including our skin repairs itself. Our skin rests and has its highest permeability, i.e. the power to absorb at night. This high permeability means that all the active ingredients in our moisturizer go deeper into the skin and help repair and rejuvenate it. So always remember to wash and deep clean your face before you apply your nighttime moisturizer for the best results. But how do you decide what constitutes a good night moisturizer? Here are 6 tips to keep in mind when buying a night cream:
1. It doesn’t need to have the word ‘Night’
“The difference between a night cream and any other is that it doesn’t have UV protection or any sunscreen ingredients in it. Hence you don’t necessarily need to use a cream that uses the word ‘night’ to define it,” says Divya Mehta skincare expert and co-founder, Epique skincare. So long as the cream does not contain sunscreen, works well with your skin type and is rich in active ingredients, you are good to go!
2. High concentration of active ingredients
As skin matures, some may develop age spots and others fine lines or wrinkles. Your night cream needs to address your specific skin concerns and have active ingredients that will repair and nourish your skin accordingly. “A night cream should contain active ingredients that target the 3 main causes of ageing: (i) Loss of elastin and collagen
(ii) Low levels of hyaluronic acid (iii) Presence of free radicals,” says Divya.
3. Deep penetrating and lightweight in texture
Ensure the cream texture is light, penetrates deeply and is comfortable for your skin. Try avoiding creams that sit on the skin’s surface and don’t get absorbed well, causing the skin to feel oily.
4. Choose a night cream that is compatible with your skin type
This step may require some trial and error. Whether your skin is oily, dry or combination, there is a perfect solution for you out there. Find a moisturizer that is compatible with your specific skin type. Try testing the cream on the back of your hand before you buy it. The product should sink into your skin easily and leave a dewy look. That is a good sign that this cream may work well for you.
5. What to avoid in night creams
Avoid creams that contain synthetic fragrances and colourants as these type of ingredients can actually dry out and irritate your skin. A good nighttime moisturizer should also be free of parabens, allergens and harmful chemical ingredients. Definitely avoid alcohol based creams if you suffer from sensitive skin issues like eczema, rosacea, contact dermatitis etc.
6. Ensure the night cream has no UV filters
Ensure the night cream does not contain sunscreen ingredients such as zinc oxide and other UV filters. A moisturizer containing SPF is supposed to be used in the daytime to avoid any sun damage. Night creams are needed to ensure complete repair and restoration of the skin.