This morning I took a look at my products and cosmetics on my bathroom shelf, I won’t deny the view was amazing to stare at.. I was simply wow-ed by their abundance, but deep inside I was very proud to know ‘how’ each and every one serves its potency when efficiently used at the right time.. Efficacy maximizes when you apply the right cream at the right time of the day, and being a beauty fanatic myself, I indulge in my skin care needs a minimum of 3 times a day.. My tip? Timing is crucial, and day creams vs. night ones have different formulas that serve different purposes..
Day and night creams are both necessary and equally important, the difference lies in their formulas though, why? Because they deliver skin needs accordingly.. Daytime formulas contain SPF, are antioxidants rich and are usually lighter in consistency for a purpose. Sunscreen is a must during the day, antioxidants fight free radicals, and their thin-ness allows for layering above with makeup..
As for night creams, you might think that they contain stronger ingredients and work better than day creams, but night ones usually focus on other important beauty issues. Nighttime is when our skin does the heavy lifting. This load involves maintaining healthy skin and reducing signs of anti aging because skin repairs itself during the night and compensates for any possible damage it went through that day. For that we need different ingredients and potions. Night creams are focused on moisture and recovery, which is why they are often richer and heavier than day creams. They also typically include a larger concentration of ingredients like peptides and stronger actives. A key one is retinol (it boosts cell turnover to get rid of dull skin and fine lines), which is best used at night because it is known to increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
Bottom line, the body has its own circadian rhythms, meaning certain duties happen naturally but differ with time.. That’s why when you use a night cream during the day, your skin will not benefit as when you apply them at night.. So, respect the rhythm, and indulge accordingly, both day and night creams should be important parts of your daily skin care routine.