Written by Kimberly in: Skin Care21 Dec 2010
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a day cream and a night cream? Are you one of those gals who think all moisturizers the same? Pay close attention, my lovelies, because Mama’s about to set you on the straight and narrow with regards to how different day and night creams are from each other.
Day creams and night creams are each important in their own, special way. Yes, all moisturizers are ultimately designed to moisturize and hydrate your skin, but they also go beyond that. You wouldn’t go to your nail salon for a haircut, even though they both help enhance your already natural beauty. The same goes with skin creams.
A day cream is designed to not only moisturize, but also protect your skin from the environmental assaults we face every day such as pollution, sun damage and stress. Each of those are a source of free radicals, which accelerate skin damage and contribute to premature skin aging. To protect you from those free radicals, most day creams will contain antioxidants, skin-nourishing vitamins, and most importantly, a good SPF. Having that SPF is one of the biggest differences between day and night cream.
Your body naturally restores and repairs itself at night while you sleep and a night cream is designed to do the same thing for your skin. Night cream helps to replenish moisture lost during the day as well as repair any damage done by the environment and/or stress. This is accomplished by their increased amounts of lipids, vitamins, and even oils to nourish and replenish your skin. Night creams are usually made with a heavier texture than day creams, but I’ve occasionally seen them in a lotion if you prefer something lighter.
Tip If you have to choose between either a day cream or a night cream, I would go with using one for daytime. It’s so important to protect your skin from free radicals, and especially from the sun. The sun is a huge source of skin damage and premature skin aging. I’ve been told by several skin care experts that only (something like) 15% of our skin aging effects are actually chronological… that means that 85% is done environmentally! Yikes! I don’t know how much truth is in that statement, but I do know that the sun is one of the worst things for your skin. (So keep that in mind, Sun Worshippers!)
There are many different kinds of moisturizers out there, and you’re sure to find one that’s just right for you and your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for samples so you can try out different formulas before making the splurge. Once you decide what your greatest concern is about your skin and find a moisturizer that matches, your skin will be visibly firmer and youthful over time.
And be sure that you decide what’s best for you! If you feel like you won’t benefit from a night cream because you’re an oilier skin, that’s totally fine. But at least now you know what a night cream is if and when you decide you need that extra little boost for your skin.