Add A Touch Of Luxury To Your Night Time Routine With An Overnight Facial Cream

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Do you use the same moisturiser for your morning and evening skincare routine? If the answer’s yes, then you could be missing a trick. That’s because our skin has its own circadian rhythm, meaning that it performs different functions during the day and night. Using moisturising creams that contain the right ingredients to support the skin’s differing needs throughout the 24-hour clock can be a good idea. 

What’s the Difference Between Night Cream and Day Cream?

We wouldn’t blame you for feeling sceptical about night creams. After all, you’re probably asking, do I need a night cream? And what’s the problem with using my normal day cream anyway?

At the heart of many people’s reluctance to purchase two separate moisturisers is whether there’s any difference between them. In actual fact, the ingredients, properties, and function of day and night creams are quite different. 

On the one hand, day creams are formulated to provide hydration and nourishment as well as protection from daily environmental aggressors. Daily hydrators often tend to be of a thinner consistency, with some formulated to leave a matte finish. 

Delivering constant hydration and antioxidant protection are key goals of daytime moisturisers. This supports skin which is constantly being dried and damaged by stressors like cold weather, wind, UV rays, pollutants, and make-up too. 

In contrast, an overnight facial cream will often feel richer and more luxurious. To be really effective, it should be formulated with active ingredients that aid the nightly functions of repair and renewal. Using a cream that exfoliates overnight is also a great idea because skin is clear of make-up. 

What Ingredients Do You Get in a Night-Cream?

Extra potent ingredients like retinol, peptides and AHAs which help to slow down the ageing process and revitalise the skin by clearing blockages, correcting damage, and guarding against unstable free radicals are often used in night-time formulations. The reason why they’re not used during the daytime as much is because these components can make skin more sensitive, especially to the sun’s rays.

A popular choice with Skinstation customers is Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream Rich which can be used as a night moisturiser and additionally during the day for those with dry skin. It’s headlining ingredient is Purslane, a serious antioxidant which calms an irritated and inflamed complexion, reduces redness, and helps skin retain moisture. 

The rich cream absorbs quickly into the skin, whilst simultaneously providing an intense boost of hydration leaving skin firmer, healthier, and looking more youthful.  Dr. Sturm calls it a ‘cell spa’ because of the post-facial glow that comes with using this cream as well as the fact that collagen production is promoted, plumping up skin and visibly diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Another gold-star overnight cream is the much-feted, silky to the touch Obagi Hydrate Luxe®. This is a perfect example of a product that uses advanced technology to sync with the nightly skin functions, as it begins working from the second that you apply it to renew and replenish the skin.

Key ingredient Hydromanil™ ensures gradual moisture delivery by retaining water in the layers of your skin and continuously releasing them over 8 hours, as demonstrated in clinical trials. Luxurious nourishers shea butter, mango butter and avocado oil also feature in this formulation, as well as key biomimetic peptides, which complement the skin’s renewal and metabolic functions and bring powerful anti-ageing properties. 

Throughout the night, this moisturiser naturally exfoliates without loss of hydration, leaving the complexion wonderfully revitalised and thoroughly hydrated by morning. With regular use, this will also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in mature skin.


We also love SkinCeuticals clinically proven Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight Treatment, created to address a multitude of undesirable skin issues like a dull or sun-damaged complexion or an uneven tone or texture. The powerful glycolic overnight treatment harnesses the power of 10% concentration for maximum efficacy to increase cell turnover and loosen dead skin cells. Milder 2% Phytic Acid, a gentle exfoliator used for skin-brightening and lightening, along with other natural oils and botanicals have also been added to further promote skin clarity and deliver deep hydration. Expect to see a visible improvement in your skin texture, tone, and radiance.


Latest update: 29/10/2021
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