True, we romanticize the evening self-care ritual—we slip into silk pajamas, pile our hair into a bun (somehow, the messy updo always manages to look the best when we don’t need it to), and begin the artful process of our skincare regimen before sliding between fresh laundered, luxury sheets. It’s pampering by nature, but it’s not all performative; trust that your nighttime routine is fully functional, too. Studies have shown that our skin naturally repairs itself while we sleep, and with the right care, we’re able to both support and optimize its renewal.
This is where night creams come into play. Theoretically, you could use your day cream twice, morning and evening (if it’s non-SPF, that is)—but an evening sans UVA/UVB rays enables you to take advantage of retinol, exfoliating acids, and other beneficial ingredients that work better without the interference of sunscreen (or sensitization from sun exposure). Go to bed pampered and moisturized to the nines; wake up glowing. Let your night cream do the work for you.
In short? Night creams do work—and these are the 18 best formulas on the market, right now.