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The Difference Between Day and Night Skin Care Routines



Did you know that your day and night skin care routines should not be the same? Your nighttime routine should be geared toward repairing the skin while your daytime routine is about protecting the skin.


During the day, skin is exposed to many things like UV rays, environmental stressors, dirt, oils, and makeup. Therefore, most daytime creams usually focus on protection and support of the skin. Daytime creams have formulas that are lightweight, non-greasy and are intended to be worn under your make up, providing a flat surface for foundation to be applied smoothly. The best daytime creams contain antioxidants to fight free radicals, SPF to prevent burning of the skin, and ingredients to make skin look refreshed and firm.


At night is when the skin does most of its renewing, repairing, and restoring. So, the main focus of night creams is usually hydrating and recovery. Night creams tend to be thicker and heavier, slow-absorbing moisturizers that are designed to penetrate over the course of several hours. Since there’s little to no concern about sun exposure, they also contain the highest concentrations of anti-aging ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, and hyaluronic acid, which are able to do their work without interference from sunscreens. Ample hydration overnight is key. Our body temperature heats up at night and our blood vessels dilate, which can dehydrate skin as we try to release that heat. If you have a barrier on skin, you can keep your skin’s natural hydration level at its peak.


As you can see, there’s a real difference between the purpose, consistency, and texture of day versus night creams, so it’s important to have both in your beauty bag.

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