Day Cream vs. Night Cream...What's the Difference?
Day versus night cream....is there really a difference? The short answer is yes! Each cream is specifically formulated with particular ingredients that best suited for the specific time of day, with each product curated to combat the different changes in our environment that ends up impacting our skin. It's highly recommended by Dermatologists and other skincare professionals, that the utilization of both a day and night cream in your skincare routine will not only improve the look & feel of your skin, but it will improve the overall health of your skin as well :) To get the lowdown, check out some of the main differences below:
PRIMARY USES: Protect skin from sun damage & other environmental factors such as chlorinated or salt water, sand, humidity, & wind. They are mainly designed to aid in skin hydration retention & to prevent moisture loss, in addition to preventing and even reducing the signs of aging- like sagging skin/loss of elasticity, wrinkles/fine lines, & discoloration.
WHAT FORMS DO THEY COME IN? Generally, you will see Day Creams come in a variety of options such as: lightly-whipped creamy textures, gels, lotions, & serum-type formulas. They are mostly featured in larger, screw-on lid designed glass containers, squeeze tubes, or pump bottles for easy access and mess-free application.
MAIN INGREDIENTS: Moisturizing ingredients & plant extracts, peptides, skin-lightening agents such as Vitamin C or Kojic, SPF or other sun-protecting ingredients, and arbutin.
WHAT TO AVOID: Go for a day cream with a non-greasy consistency and one that is void of oils and other pore-clogging ingredients. Avoid ingredients that could irritate the skin with sun exposure, heat, and sweat- like hydroquinone and glycolic acid. They can end up causing skin irritation and pigmentation issues due to the sun exposure :0
PRIMARY USES: Usually utilized to fight the signs of aging, restore the skin's vibrance & energy, while also aiding in repairing & regenerating the skin. By stimulating collagen production, age spots & hyperpigmentation can be improved- while also fighting wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin!
WHAT FORMS DO THEY COME IN? They come in a similar fashion as Day Creams: generally in glass jars with twist-on lids that keep in a tight seal and protect the product from air/heat/moisture exposure. Sometimes they can also be found in squeeze-type tubes and oil-based applications i.e. serums with pump bottles and oils with droppers for dispensing.
MAIN INGREDIENTS: Retinols, retinoicacid, added moisturizers, AHA, & fruit acids, aloe vera, honey, essential oils, amino acids, ceramides, soy extracts, peptides, and other antioxidants.
WHAT TO AVOID: Don't forget to apply your night cream @ least 30 mins. prior to bedtime to allow for the product to fully absorb into your skin and to get the best results. You can also skip on the light-weight formulas for night creams- go for a creamier, thicker consistency that can penetrate into the skin throughout the several hours during the night.
The Beauty Closet Recommends:
Balance Day Cream SPF 15
Here's a fantastic day cream that's great for almost any skin type and contains plenty of good-for-your ingredients that your skin will love- just in time for the warmer weather ;) Contains a sun-protecting SPF of 15 to banish those pesky signs of aging and increased risks of skin cancer. Plus, it's paraben-free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, and free of phthalates & dyes too! This makes it the perfect day cream for even those that have ultra-sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts. Non-greasy and non-sticky, this is a dream to wear alone or with your makeup and it's affordable at under $20! :) I've also noticed a reduction in pore size and enjoyed the almost invisible look and feel that this day cream provides- even when wearing underneath my makeup!
Balance Night Gel Cream
Featuring a quick-drying and fast-absorbing oil-free, gel formula this powerful night cream will help keep your skin balanced and rejuvenated. Helps your skin hydration levels and oil levels maintain a healthy balance, while also aiding the skin in retaining moisture. Ultra-light-weight, with an instant cooling sensation when applied that freshens skin upon contact. Also great for those with sensitive skin as it's paraben, dye, & phthalate-free + hypoallergenic! Mattifies in 30 secs. or less, giving an instantly invisible look & feel on the skin as well = love! I've really noticed how healthy my skin has become since I've started using this night cream regularly :)