Everyone needs a good moisturiser in their skincare arsenal because moisturisers are the easiest way to provide your skin with the necessary nourishment and make it look healthy and feel healthy. But do you really need a different moisturiser for day use and night? Why can’t you use just one product? Let’s find out…
What are day creams?
During the day, your skin is usually subjected to a lot of UV damage, pollution, environmental aggressors, stress and makeup. Day creams are usually lighter on the active ingredients and only concentrate on thorough skin moisturising. This is why, day creams usually contain some sort of SPF that helps prevent sun damage and works as an added bonus to your normal sunblock. Another signature feature of a day cream is a lightweight texture. This is because day moisturisers are used under makeup and need to sink right into the skin for a seamless application. A day cream also needs to keep dryness at bay for the entire day and yet allow your skin to breathe. This is why they have a non-greasy formula that offer an oil-free canvas for your makeup to glide on.
What are night creams?
While you sleep, your skin goes through heavy repairing and regeneration processes and this is precisely why beauty sleep is a thing. This is why night creams also are, chock full of active ingredients that help restore the damage caused to the skin during the day. They have a thick consistency and a higher concentration of high-performance ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. Hence night creams heavily concentrate on moisturising as well as recovery. Night creams have a slow- absorbent formula that gradually penetrates into your skin over the course of several hours and works at a deeper level to eliminate dryness, signs of ageing and pigmentation.
Why use both?
There is a huge difference the texture, purpose and feel of both your creams, hence it is highly advised that you use both. Using a night cream in the day won't provide sun protection, and using a day cream in the night won't deliver enough nutrients to repair damaged skin.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Jan 22, 2019
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!