During the night the skin restores and refreshes itself. The extended nonexistence of sun rays gives an opportunity for the skin to regenerate. If the environment harmless and controlled it is the best chance of gaining the advantages from specially formulated skin care products.
There are two basic types of night creams. Of course, they can be called numerous things, but we can divide night creams into two broad categories so we may see the main benefits.
Anti-Aging – can also be called firming, anti-wrinkle and lifting. These products often contain ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinyl acetate. All of these ingredients help your skin to increase turnover (meaning new skin replaces older skin quicker), which can help diminish the appearance of age spots and fine lines and wrinkles. However, these ingredients can be irritating and increase skin sensitivity. Skin sensitivity can increase when exposed to UV rays, so it’s best to avoid sun exposure when using certain anti-aging creams. Therefore the best way to avoid UV exposure is to wear these products at night. Makes sense, right?
Deep Moisture – can also be called ultra-hydrating, deeply nourishing and restorative. These products often just use higher levels of emollients so they are more moisturizing than their daytime counterpart. There is no real reason why you need more moisture at night, your skin doesn’t “absorb” ingredients any better. Your skin is constantly regenerating, so if you are happy with the level of moisture you receive from your daily moisturizer than you likely don’t need a separate night cream. However, if you find that your skin is drier when you are at home you may want to use a heavier cream at night.