Wake up to better skin

Even science has confirmed that beauty sleep is not just a myth. At night when we’re sleeping the skin is genetically programmed to switch into recovery. This is when skin repairs and regenerates itself. Fresh and healthy cells rise to the skin’s surface and repair any damage accumulated over the day. But, without enough time to sleep, the skin does not get repaired and that is when skin related problems begin to surface more frequently. Studies have also suggested that chronic lack of sleep is associated with increased signs of ageing. Want to wake up to better skin each day? Make sleep and a great night cream a priority for a healthy, radiant complexion. 

If you think that there’s no difference between a night cream and your regular moisturiser, think again. A night cream is the ultimate skin-rejuvenating beauty fix, as night creams will typically contain more concentrated ingredients than your standard daytime moisturiser giving them greater efficacy. The key is to choose one that addresses your particular skin concerns and one that is suitable for your skin type. Whether you’re after a cream that fights wrinkles as you sleep, uneven skin tone, controls oil, protects from pollution or all of the above, I’ve rounded up some of the best night creams, suitable for all skin types, unless otherwise stated, that will power skin cell regeneration and get to work while you catch those coveted Z’s!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Dark Spot Correcting Glycolic Night Cream – If pigmentation, uneven skin tone and texture are your concerns, this might be the night cream for you. Caudalie’s patented wonder ingredient Viniferine (vine sap) is the star of the show, over 60 times more powerful than vitamin C, it works to correct dark spots by controlling the enzyme responsible for excessive melanin production, plus it has less potential for irritation. The formula also features brightening and renewing glycolic acid to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells, while nourishing organic shea butter and hyaluronic acid ensures hydration and suppleness – €39

Marks and Spencer Absolute Night Cream – A cream that makes you look like you’ve had eight hours sleep, yes please! This gel like formula is supercharged with peptides, moisturising hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to plump and hydrate overnight whilst also tackling pigmentation. After just four weeks, skin appears less fatigued, deep lines and age spots are reduced, and skin looks healthier and brighter with improved elasticity – €30

Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturiser – Every day, our skin is exposed to external stresses like pollution and the UV rays from sunlight and electronic devices. This lightweight hydrating night cream is super charged with powerful antioxidants to help reverse the signs of premature ageing these environmental aggressors can cause. It also contains vitamin C to brighten skin tone and nurturing botanical extracts to ease dehydration and help smooth fine lines and wrinkles giving you a restored and glowing complexion – €72

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight Cream – If your skin is sensitive, prone to dryness, tightness, redness or easily irritated then treat and comfort it with this ultra-soothing night cream, proven to calm, hydrate and reduce skin sensitivity while you sleep. The formula with its blend of niacinamide, soothing agent neurosensine and vitamin A, plus thermal spring water will target any signs of skin irritation while at the same time helping strengthen skin’s natural barrier. It also works to diminish discomfort and redness upon awakening – €19.99

Avène Physiolift Night Smoothing Regenerating Balm – A fast absorbing night cream to smooth and firm your skin while you sleep. This is loaded with hyaluronic acid to provide moisture and plump skin, Ascofilline™ to promote collagen production and retinaldehyde (retinols gentle cousin) to refine skin. This powerful balm works to minimise the depth of wrinkles and eliminate signs of fatigue so you can wake up to brighter, fresher-looking skin. You’ll be impressed by how smooth even sensitive cheeks look and feel come morning – €34.99

REN Clean Skincare V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream – A deeply restorative lotion that leaves your skin renewed, plumped and luminous. Along with vitamin C, E and A, this also has frankincense as one of its main ingredients, which contains muscle-relaxing properties. As we know, if muscles are relaxed and not working to their full potential, then the creation of future lines and wrinkles is minimised. There is also wheatgerm in the formula which helps to increase skin’s firmness and youthfulness – €41

Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream – This is a great one for oily skin types. It’s a lightweight non-greasy, oil-free night cream enriched with seaweed (Bladderwrack), collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid to soften, hydrate and care for skin without clogging pores. The seaweed extract also contains nourishing trace minerals that have the ability to form a protective barrier on the skin. Expect to see improved skin tone and texture and skin that’s replenished and silky-soft come morning – €20.75 

Eucerin Hyaluron Filler + Elasticity Night Cream – A rich night cream for more mature skins, this unique formula firms, smooths and delivers multiple anti-ageing benefits overnight – high and low molecular hyaluronic acid plumps deep wrinkles, Arctiin, an active ingredient, accelerates collagen renewal in skin cells and Silymarin, an antioxidant, protects collagen and elastin from degrading and helps improve skin circulation. Argan Oil, rich in skin-caring lipids also helps to regenerate and intensively nourish the skin overnight – €34.99

As always, if you have any skincare concerns you would like to ask me about, please email hello@shernamalone.ie. You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook @shernamalone.ie 

If you would like to begin your journey to healthy beautiful skin, I am available by appointment in Solace Holistic Centre Clonakilty where I offer Skincare Consultations, Murad Facial Treatments, Teen Facials and Rejuvapen Micro Needling – all details of this and my next Tween and Teen Workshops in April are on www.shernamalone.ie.

Sherna Malone

Sherna Malone is a skincare specialist working in West Cork.

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