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Perfecting a skin care routine requires both time and research—and that holds true for finding the best night cream. Just as you wouldn’t pick the first house you see when you’re looking to move, it may not be your best bet to pick the first night cream you come across. No doubt you’ve heard about the importance of using a night cream as part of your daily skin care routine, along with facial cleanser and your daytime moisturizer. But how exactly do you pick the best night cream for your skin’s individual needs? That’s where we come in. We’re here to give you the complete scoop on picking the best night cream for your skin care routine, whether you have mature skin and are in need of extra hydration or are just starting to use anti-aging skin care products. Plus, we have tips on how to upgrade your nighttime skin care routine as a whole.
The first step in perfecting your bedtime skin care routine is to find the best night cream for your skin’s unique needs. Whether you have dry skin, dark spots, sagging skin, or fine lines and wrinkles, there’s a night cream out there for you—and we’re here to help you find it. Below, find the details on our best night creams.
L’Oréal Pairs Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm: Have mature, very dry skin? This is the perfect night balm for you! Formulated with nurturing oils and manuka honey extract, the hydrating moisturizer melts onto skin for incredible nourishing comfort with long-lasting, non-greasy, non-sticky hydration.
How to apply it: Every evening, apply onto cleansed skin. Smooth gently onto your face in an upward and outward motion, then smooth from neck to jawline, then upper chest until thoroughly absorbed.
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream: If wrinkles are a major concern for you, look to a night cream with retinol. This anti-aging night cream is formulated with Stimuplex and Pro-Retinol and provides long-lasting hydration.
How to apply it: Smooth the night cream gently onto your face and neck until thoroughly absorbed.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Night Cream: As you age, skin can start to sag. If you’ve experienced this, a night cream that improves elasticity is a must. This night cream for mature skin, which is formulated with soy seed proteins, does just that. With continued use, you’ll see a younger-looking complexion.
How to apply it: After using your facial cleanser, apply the night cream gently onto your face. Let it absorb completely.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream: Dull skin is another common skin care concern that we’re confident you aren’t interested in dealing with. To boost radiance and help nourish skin, this night cream formulated with LHA helps with surface skin renewal.
How to apply it: Each night, apply this night cream onto your face in an upward motion until thoroughly absorbed.
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Face Mask: Want to take things a step further? Take a break from using night cream and opt for an overnight face mask instead. It’s the perfect way to show your complexion a little extra TLC. This mask is a luxurious, hydrating leave-on option that forms a protective mask to cradle skin.
How to apply it: Apply it to clean skin before bed and leave it on overnight to see results.
Finding the best night cream for your skin’s unique needs is only half the battle. Following a consistent nighttime skin care routine is important, too. If you’re not sure where to start, all you have to do is follow these steps. Before you know it, your new night cream will fit seamlessly into your skin care routine.
Going to bed with a full face of makeup is not exactly the best idea. Here’s why: When you sleep with your makeup on, all that product residue can mix with oils and debris on the surface of your skin, leading to clogged pores (which can, in turn, lead to breakouts and blackheads). Yikes!
Make things easy on yourself: Use micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - All Skin Types, to remove your makeup in one step. Micellar water is made up of tiny micelles—oil molecules—suspended in a solution to gently lift makeup up and away from your skin, no rinsing (or harsh rubbing) necessary. To use micellar water as a makeup remover, saturate a cotton pad with the cleansing liquid, then hold the pad over your eyes for a few seconds. Wipe gently to remove. For use all over your face, wipe the pad gently over your skin until it’s clean.
Next step! Wash your face with a hydrating facial cleanser. As we told you before, you should choose skin care products based on your skin type. For example, if your skin is usually dry, pick a cream facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser or L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser, that’s specifically formulated to hydrate dry skin while simultaneously lifting dirt, oil, and sweat away from the surface of your skin. Use the facial cleanser of your choosing every morning and evening. Lather it into wet hands and gently massage it onto your skin using circular motions. (Just make sure to avoid the delicate eye area!) Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
After cleansing your face, smooth on a serum, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum. Another great option is the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which contains hyaluronic acid to immediately replenish and reduce wrinkles for visibly plumped, youthful-looking skin. You can even use both serums in the same routine, just apply the hyaluronic acid serum first, following by the serum formulated with vitamin C.
Once those three steps are complete, it’s time to slather on your chosen night cream. When putting it on, turn it into a little facial by massaging it on in small circular motions.
After applying your night cream, you’re ready to slip between the sheets for a whole new take on beauty sleep. But, if you’re not quite ready to doze into dreamland, you have just enough time to brush up on the best anti-aging skin care tips. Intrigued? Check out our article, The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine for Your 20s, 30s, and 40s.