Why bother having two different products for what seems like one purpose? What does a night cream have to offer that isn’t already provided by a day cream or even a general moisturizer? There are many differences, and consequently, many reasons to start using a night cream in addition to your day cream.
Juxtapose ads for a day cream and a night cream and you will immediately notice a stark contrast in tag lines and up-sells. Day creams are yelling out sun protection and all-day moisturizing while night creams subtly promise complete moisture and collagen production throughout the night. These details aren’t presented because skincare companies have time to spare. Good skin means targeting specific areas with specific problems.
A day cream, as its names suggests, is meant to be used during the day. It is usually lighter than a night cream and applied in the morning before makeup. A good day cream will also contain ingredients to promote sunscreen properties such as titanium dioxide. A night cream will have extra moisturizing ingredients instead of sun protection elements. Because your skin dries out more quickly while you sleep, your night cream should be thick enough to keep your skin moisturized until the morning. If your skin feels dry when you wake up in the morning, you need a better night cream. Night creams also contain the best moisturizing and skin renewal ingredients because your skin absorbs the most effectively while you sleep.
A simple way to distinguish a day cream and night cream: a day cream is your knight in shining armor and your night cream is a healer. Your knight fights against UV rays and oxidants during the day while your healer patches up the damages at night. Therefore, you will need to supply your healer with the necessary ingredients. The ideal night cream will provide not only enhanced moisture but also promote skin elasticity and firmness through collagen production and cell renewal, containing peptides or vitamin A derivatives designed to stimulate the growth of collagen.