How to Choose the Right Night Cream – Night time is the perfect time to take care of our skin. And night cream is the most important part of our night time skin care. But to reap the maximum benefits out of your night cream, you need to choose the right night cream for yourself. The right night cream does more than just restoring the lost moisture, it stimulates collagen production, fights age spots, pigmentation, nourishes the skin from within and as a result, our skin looks and feels younger! Since our skin undergoes all the repairing works such as producing new cells, shedding old ones etc at night time, hence a good night cream is important. Check below to find out How to Choose the Right Night Cream.
How to Choose the Right Night Cream
Remember Your Skin Type
Now, like every other skin care/makeup products, it is important to choose night cream according to your skin type. If you have dry skin, choose the night cream that contains fatty acids such as linolenic or linoleic acid and ceramides that will be helpful to repair skin’s natural moisture barrier. It should also have hyaluronic acid and glycerin to attract to the skin; and petrolatum, mineral oil, and dimethicone to seal it in.
For sensitive skin, the night cream should be fragrance free. Key ingredients should be coffeeberry, vitamin C, green tea and other similar antioxidants.
If you are looking for night cream for oily skin, opt for non-comedogenic products. Read the ingredient list carefully to find out if it contains any oil that can clog the pores and cause breakouts. It should contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and dimethicone to to attract and lock moisture into the skin and alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic and glycolic acid that exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog blocked pores.
Should Not Have UV Filters
Your night cream doesn’t necessarily have the word ‘night’ written over it to make it a night cream. As long as the cream suits your skin and rich in active ingredients, you can use that for night time skin care. However, one thing you should always keep in mind that your night cream should never have UV filters, such as zinc oxide. Moisturizers/creams with SPF is for protecting your skin from sun damage while keeping it hydrated. But they don’t repair our skin. The main purpose of using a night cream is to repair and complete restoration of our skin.
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Consider Your Age
According to the skin experts, woman should start using night cream in their 20’s. So it is important to consider your age before you purchase your night cream. Our skin texture changes with age, so what will suit someone in their 20’s will not be good enough for women in their 40’s. For example : a lightweight night cream with aloe vera, honey or essential oils is good enough for someone in their 20’s, a night cream rich in amino acids, retinol, ceramides and other anti oxidants is needed when you are in 30’s and if you are in your 40’s, opt for a night cream that contain peptides, soy extract etc. If you are in your 50’s and above, go for a heavily moisturizing cream that is loaded with rich moisturizing and hydrating ingredients to give your skin the extra dose of moisture.
What to Avoid
Avoid night creams that contain artificial fragrances and colorants as they often end up irritating our skin and make it dry. The right night cream also should be devoid of alcohol, paraben, allergen and other harmful chemicals. Always, always check the ingredient list before buying a night cream for yourself.
What to Look For
An ideal night cream should contain ingredients that target major causes of skin aging – loss of elastin, low level of hyaluronic acid and free radicals. So pay close attention to the ingredient list while choosing the right night cream for yourself. It should contain hyaluronic acid, avocado oil, rosehip oil, coffee bean extract, liquorice, horse chestnut, oils, vitamins like E and C and other antioxidants.
So here is a brief guideline on How to Choose the Right Night Cream. Keep these points in mind while picking night cream for yourself and getting that dream skin won’t be too difficult 🙂
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