Night cream is usually the step we take at the end of the day just before our heads hit the pillow. Our skin does so much for us during the day so why not give it some love during our rest time? You will notice the sleep creams are thicker in consistency depending on the cream, but there is a reason for this! Night creams are usually a thicker consistency that contains hydrating ingredients and many contain compounds known to improve the skin’s appearance. Ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol—all help to retain moisture and repair the skin’s protective barrier. Retinol may also be present in night creams, which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
In this Q&A we are focusing on two things: repair and soothing.
Your skin does all its heavy lifting at night: it repairs, restores and regenerates while you sleep, so a good night cream should focus on moisture and recovery.
What are the benefits of night cream?
Night creams are, by design, formulated to penetrate deep into the skin over the course of several hours (or while you get some beauty sleep) and are often richer in texture than their day cream counterparts. Three key ingredients for night cream are hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and peptides.
"Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet and is great for deep overnight hydration, and niacinamide is excellent for sensitive, blotchy skin and rosacea. Peptides are, in general, excellent to feed the skin overnight while in the repair stage."
So here are our recommended list of night creams! Keep one on the bed side table so you can always put some on before resting your beautiful face!
LANEIGE - Water Sleeping Mask
LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask (Original) delivers intense moisture to your skin while locking in moisture overnight. Enriched with apricot and evening primrose extract, it helps brighten your skin through exfoliation and gives a well-rested appearance the next morning. Thanks to its purifying and relaxing ingredients and scents of ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood and orange, this mask will make you relax and calm. Use it before you sleep and dream of better skin the next morning! Our best seller! Get it here.
2. Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask
A multifunctional product that can be used as a mask, sleeping pack or daily moisturizer. Fortified with the antioxidant power of vitamin E to brighten, improve wrinkles and prevent signs of aging. You can use it during the day to protect your skin from UV damage and use it at night for wrinkle improvement and skin regeneration.
With a pudding-like texture, the cream transforms into a rich essence that helps it tightly adhere onto your skin, which maintains and lock-in moisture for at least 8 hours. This memory foam consistency will give an overnight miracle of brighter, firmer, and more hydrated skin.
This Vitamin E is the powerful antioxidant, which gives your skin radiance and glow from within. Also, Niacinamide, and Adenosine boosts Vitamin E to improve wrinkles, and elasticity of your skin. We love it! Get it here.
3. Belif - Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask
This innovative jelly-pudding sleeping mask replenishes and revives dull, dry skin with explosive hydration for a dewy, radiant glow.
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BELIF Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask uses Lady’s Mantle (medicinal herb), Oat Extract, Tumeric Root Extract and plant based oils (including Jojoba Oil) to protect, revitalise and deliver an explosion of hydration to your skin. This mask will give you a supple, radiant glow the next morning.
This sleeping mask has a lightweight, pudding-like texture which absorbs quickly. It replenishes your skin with a burst of long-lasting hydration while reviving dullness. Similar to the Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, this mask uses mainly Lady’s Mantle and Oat Extract to soothe, hydrate and firm as well as protect your skin overnight. The addition of Tumeric Root Extract helps to keep your skin clear and calm while you sleep. Plant based facial oils including Jojoba Seed Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Lime Oil and Rosemary Oil, provide intense moisture and nourishment in which Oat Extract helps to retain. These oils also create a smooth moisture barrier over your skin, improving skin texture. It delivers an immediate cooling effect, which is enhanced if stored in the fridge.
Use this mask for:
Extra deep hydration (particularly in colder weather).
A smooth, makeup ready base the next morning.
Extra nourishment and care if your skin has been exposed to extreme heat or wind.
Key Ingredients are:
Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) Leaf Extract – a medicinal herb packed full of antioxidants, therefore protecting your skin from free radicals. Additionally, this herb improves skin elasticity and treats skin conditions such as eczema as well as other irritations. Tannin in the herb also gives it pore minimising abilities.
Oat Extract – commonly used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and sensitivity. This ingredient is a humectant, therefore attracts and retains moisture. It also has anti-inflammatory and healing benefits that gently soothe irritated skin.
Jojoba Seed Oil – rich in Vitamins A & E to help prevent signs of ageing. Also penetrates deep into the skin for intense hydration, controls sebum production and effectively heals acne breakouts.
Tumeric Root Extract – helps clear acne and reduce inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This ingredient also contains antioxidants to protect your skin.
A-MA-ZING! Get it here.
4. Some By Mi - Niacin Brightening Sleeping Mask
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The SOME BY MI Yuja Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask is a 2-in-1 sleeping mask that brightens and moisturises skin while you sleep. Enriched with 82% Yuja (Citron) Extract, which contains 3 times more Vitamin C than a lemon, to recharge and brighten. A dual functional product: whitening + anti-wrinkle with 5% of Niacinamide to brighten up skin. Niacinamide, Arbutin and Glutathione helps even out your skin tone, while 10 types of vitamins inhibits melanin synthesis, lightens skin tone and promotes radiant glowing skin. It is lightweight textured that sinks into the skin leaving skin refreshed, hydrated and moisturised without any greasy texture.
So, the question is now, which night cream do I buy? Take your pick! They're all good - try some samples, see what works well for your skin and remember: you can always change it up! Have fun doing it - shop our night creams selection here. Don't think too hard on it - sleep on it ;)
Kanvas Kult Team
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