Your Guide to the Best Night Creams

Nighttime moisturizers are specially formulated to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin while you sleep, working alongside the skin’s natural renewal process. Read on to discover how to find the best night cream for your skin type and concerns.

What is night cream and what does night cream do?

External stressors, such as pollutants, can damage the skin barrier and cause premature aging throughout the day. Created to work alongside the skin’s overnight repair process, night creams are specially formulated to restore and rehydrate the skin while you sleep. They’re infused with key ingredients, such as retinol or hyaluronic acid, to promote radiant, healthy-looking skin.

All skin types can benefit from using a night moisturizer. The secret to healthy-looking skin is finding the best night cream for you.

Day cream vs night cream: Do you need both?

Day creams are lightweight moisturizers that help to protect the skin barrier throughout the day and lock in the ingredients from your other skincare products. Nighttime moisturizers, however, are usually heavier and thicker in consistency, helping to rejuvenate and nourish the skin. They are typically infused with higher concentrations of anti-aging ingredients (such as retinol and peptides).

Both day and night creams are essential to achieving and maintaining healthy-looking skin.

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How to apply night cream

A night cream should be applied as part of your nighttime skin care routine, after cleansing, toning and applying serum.

  • Step 1: Dispense the night moisturizer onto fingertips, then gently rub the hands together to warm the product and allow for an easy application.
  • Step 2: Gently smooth over the cheeks and forehead.
  • Step 4: Sweep along the jawline working from the chin to the ears.
  • Step 5: Gently massage in circular and patting motions to absorb into the skin, avoiding the eye area.
  • Step 6: Apply to the neck in upward strokes, gently working from the decolletage to the chin to avoid pulling or tugging on the skin
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Best No7 night cream for your skin type

Retinol night cream

With age, skin loses collagen and elasticity, resulting in a dry, dull-looking complexion that appears crepey and thin. Applying a retinol night cream accelerates skin cell turnover via exfoliation, helping to maintain hydration levels and create a smooth appearance.

No7 Pure Retinol Night Cream helps to visibly smooth the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck in just two weeks. Formulated with of .025% pure retinol and soothing shea butter, it delivers powerful anti-aging results, without irritating the skin.

Best night cream for aging skin

To combat the key signs of aging in mature skin, apply a night moisturizer that works alongside the skin’s natural nighttime repair processes, supporting a rejuvenated and smoother appearance.

No7 Restore & Renew Multi Action Face and & Neck Night Cream is formulated with age-defying technology to target the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It nourishes the skin to reveal a smoother complexion that feels firmer in just 4 weeks.

Best anti-aging night cream

An anti-aging night cream infused with key ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, is essential for sealing in hydration and helping to improve the appearance of wrinkles for a more youthful-looking appearance.

No7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Night Cream is designed to address the 3 key signs of aging, with visible results from the first morning. Infused with No7’s powerful anti-wrinkle peptide formula, it helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while hyaluronic acid and hibiscus improve the look of firmness, revealing a lifted appearance.

Hydrating night cream to target the first fine lines

To help reduce the appearance of those first fine lines, apply a hydrating night cream that works to smooth and plump the appearance of the skin.

No7 Early Defence Night Cream helps to replace lost moisture overnight. Specially designed for young skin, it’s infused with lipopeptides and vitamins. It’s also infused with retinyl palmitate to help maintain a younger-looking complexion for longer.

Best night cream for oily skin

Oily skin produces excess sebum, often leading to a shiny-looking complexion. However, this doesn’t equate to hydration. Incorporating a nighttime moisturizer into your skincare routine is still the secret to balanced, healthy-looking skin.

Oil-free, water-based gels, like No7 Hydraluminous Overnight Recovery Gel Cream, are perfect for oily skin as they don’t clog pores. This night cream is formulated with HydraDrench Complex for an instant hydration boost, and an antioxidant blend of Vitamin C and E.

Best night cream for dry skin

Dry skin can be caused by external factors or genetics. The sebaceous glands produce less sebum than other skin types, often causing dullness, flakiness and tightness. Nighttime creates the optimal opportunity to effectively re-hydrate the skin.

No 7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream helps to fortify and nourish the skin. The unique and concentrated peptide technology fights the look of tiredness, while our anti-wrinkle complexes quench and hydrate. Suitable for even sensitive skin, it helps to brighten and plump the appearance of the skin while you sleep.

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