Protect, repair and regain your skin's natural glow while you sleep with our pick of the best night creams
Getting your beauty sleep really is a thing: whatever your skin type – dry, oily or sensitive – skincare experts agree that a night cream is the ultimate skin-boosting beauty buy. That’s because night creams typically contain more concentrated
ingredients than your standard daytime moisturiser, in higher doses and
richer hydrating ingredients making them ideal for deep hydration while you snooze. Plus you don’t have to worry about how they react with your make-up!
Whether you’re after a cream that fights wrinkles as you sleep, controls oil, protects from pollution… or all of the above, read on to discover the best night creams for every skin type, hand-picked by our Beauty Team:
Let's get something out of the way first, there is not a cream on this planet that magically pulls up sagging skin in any dramatic fashion - for that, a surgeon's scalpel is the only solution (sorry!)
That said, for gently firming skin and smoothing crepey texture so everything looks nicely pulled-together, this is a very effective cream indeed. It's got powerful antioxidants, like black tea ferment and blackberry leaf, as well as peptides, which communicate with cells, re-jigging the tired ones so they produce more collagen and elastin, thus giving skin its bounce back.
It feels really lovely, rich but not sticky, smells yummy without being overly perfumed and has a good amount of 'slip' so you can really massage for a good few minutes before it all sinks in.
Yes, it's pricy, so no, it's not for everyone. If you are serious about skincare and willing to invest £100+ on your quest, this would be a smart way to spend it.
Created by Dr Marco Lens, a huge name in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as skin cancer expert (essentially, this man knows everything about skin) this is a bouncy whipped up cream that feels like pure luxury the minute it meets your skin. The ingredients are first class - a combination of marine actives, some protein-rich, some antioxidants, some inflammation busting, some cell-communicating - as well as the usual proven anti-agers you'd expect to find in any self-respecting night cream like hyaluronic acid and gentle liquid exfoliants.
Dry or very dry skin types I expect will like with this the most - it's seriously rich and comforting - but I'd defy anyone to try it and not feel the love.
Not your typical night cream ,The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Sleeping Cream has a light, gel-like texture that feels quite refreshing and absorbs super swiftly. This makes it a good option if you've got oily or congested skin and probably don't enjoy smothering yourself in heavy ointments overnight. Despite that silky feel, it's actually packed with rich seed oils like camellia and rosehip, to hydrate and plump.
Night cream can translate to nightmare if you've got sensitive skin, with super potent ingredients often packed in to get the best 'payoff' but not much thought given to irritation. Well, the lovely folks at La Roche Posay are here to help (as always) Toleraine Ultra Nuit is a special milky lotion that's been tested on the most allergy prone skin without reaction, but that's not to say there's no action. It's got tons of antioxidants including vitamin E to fight environmental damage plus neurosensine, which acts like a peptide to communicate with cells and prevent inflammation.
'Sleeping cream' is essentially night cream with all the potent actives you'd expect but in Korean-inspired light textures. This gel-like Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream absorbs in a flash so you don't have to worry about pillow transfer, then ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid get to work whole you sleep so skin looks bright, bouncy and fresh by morning.
Ageing, menopause, medication and stress can take their toll on our complexion, depleting skin cell energy which the world sees as dull, tired-looking complexion. Elemis' Biotic Skin-Energising formula combines a trio of exfoliating and brightening acids, plus minerals and electrolytes to repair day-to-day damage and stimulate cell turnover. Prepare for youthfully plumped, energised and replenished skin upon waking.
Garnier's Moisture Bomb helps your skin to recharge overnight, revealing a healthier and more youthful look complexion in the morning. With its potent mixture of antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, pomegranate and alma it re-plumps the look of fine lines, revealing smooth and healthy skin. Moisture Bomb also hydrates up to 10 layers of the skin and provides up to 72-hours of moisture and hydration! It's a fool-proof bargain buy.
Bakel's Nutri Remedy is a 24hour comfort cream that is ideal for very dry skin. It fights against dry skin and irritation leaving you with a complexion that's soothed and smoothed. Containing jojoba and acaia waxes the cream works to restore the skin's suppleness and fight signs of aging and, usually for an intensely cocooning formula, sinks quick into skin and doesn't feel 'too much' (even on my oily, breakout-prone complexion)
Sometimes, skin needs that extra thwack of replumping hydration, which is where a thicker-than-cream overnight balm can lend a helping hand. This one by Avene is loaded with hyaluronic acid (a moisture magne and ascofilline) a collagen-boosting active to reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time.
Tap a generous layer over skin before bed, and let the balm work its lifting, line-depleting and all-round freshening magic as you sleep. You'll be amazed by how smooth even sensitive cheeks look and feel come morning.
This recently launched anti-ageing cream is a must-have for beauty lovers. Why? Because Avon Anew Ultimate Night Cream holds a unique secret that has helped testers to look up to eight years younger. Thymosin, a protein regularly used to heal damaged heart tissue, has been proven to reduce wrinkles, reverse the signs of sun damage and reduce the effects of smoking and pollution. Boasting mix of potent proteins and a Himalayan plant used in Chinese medicine, which together can reproduce healthy cells for younger-looking skin, this powerful moisturiser is a must for skin showing signs of ageing.
Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Anti-Aging Night Cream releases a constant source of idebenone (a powerful antioxidant) into the skin overnight to renew and revitalise your skin. Best used for prevention rather than cure - it will stop wrinkles forming, rather than reducing the ones that are already there.
Buy Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Night Cream, £130, at Johnlewis.com