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Perfecting a skin care routine requires both time and research—especially when it comes to finding the best night cream. Just like 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 sitting on a store shelf. 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 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. (One ingredient to look for in night cream? Retinol!) Plus, we’ve also got tips for upgrading your bedtime skin care routine as a whole.
The first step of 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, our best night creams.
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream: 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 RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Face Mask: This overnight face mask is a luxurious, hydrating leave-on creamy face mask that performs 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.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Night Cream: This night cream for mature skin is formulated with soy seed proteins and is designed to moisturize while improving elasticity for a younger-looking complexion with continued use.
How to apply it: After using your facial cleanser, apply the night cream gently onto your face. Let it absorb completely and leave it on overnight to reap the benefits.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream: Ready to feel luxurious? This night cream for mature skin—which comes housed in a gold-colored jar—is formulated with LHA to help surface skin renewal.
How to apply it: Each night, apply this night cream onto your face in an upward motion until thoroughly absorbed.
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.
Step 1: Take off your makeup. Going to bed with a full face of foundation, mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick is not exactly the best idea. Here’s why: When you sleep with your makeup on, all that product residue can cause buildup 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 for 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 as a makeup remover, saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water, 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.
Step 2: Wash your face. 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 micellar water that’s specifically formulated to hydrate dry skin while simultaneously lifting away dirt, oil, and sweat from the surface of your skin. Use the facial cleanser every morning and every evening. Lather it into wet hands and gently massage it into your skin in a circular motion. (Just make sure to avoid the delicate eye area!) Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. If you have mature skin, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser.
Step 3: Use a serum. After cleansing your face, slather on a serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Triple Power™ Concentrated Serum. For mature skin, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum, which contains golden micro-reflectors to illuminate the appearance of your skin.
Step 4: Pick up your night cream. Once those three steps are said and done, it’s time to slather on your chosen night cream. When putting it on, turn it in to 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 can always 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.