How do moisturisers and night cream differ? We dish the dirt on the best picks from Tatcha, Caudalie, La Mer...

How do moisturisers and night cream differ? We dish the dirt on the best picks from Tatcha, Caudalie, La Mer...

Beauty sleep

Text: Cheryl Lai-Lim

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Moisturisers often shoulder the burden when it comes to the skincare game. We have a lofty list of expectations for them: they've got to hydrate, plump, soften, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles... the list goes on and on. So, when our moisturisers are going above and beyond when it comes to hydrating our skin, do we really need to throw in a night cream into the mix? (Spoiler alert: the answer is yes.) Below, we highlight the differences between daytime moisturising and after hours hydration, as well as our top picks when it comes to night creams. Make space on your beauty shelves, people. A new product is joining the family.

AM vs. PM

Moisturisers and night creams serve different functions, and therefore contain different key ingredients and characteristics. Moisturisers are intended for day usage, and therefore are typically formulated to be lightweight in consistency and texture. The non-greasy formula allows it to be quickly and easily absorbed into the skin, paving the way for makeup application. Daytime moisturisers can also contain SPF to help protect against pollutants and UV rays, which will cause fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots and more.

On the other hand, a night cream  as its name suggests  is intended for night-time usage. Thus, they're typically formulated to be heavier and richer so as to slowly sink into your skin overnight. Whilst you catch some z's, your skin is working to repair and regenerate itself. Skin regeneration potential is also at its peak, and thus night creams contain key anti-aging ingredients such as retinoids, acids and ceramides to help nourish your skin for cell renewal.

Do you really need both?

There's nothing wrong with applying your daytime moisturiser at night, but it's certainly not ideal. Even though your skin might look unchanged during the day and night, the work behind the scenes are markedly different. Therefore, a heavier night cream is recommended to help aid your skin production and further repair any damage. The different ingredients in your moisturiser and night cream will also serve to provide varying benefits for your skin. For those concerned with hyperpigmentation, lack of hydration, or preventing aging signs such as fine lines and wrinkles, definitely slather on a night cream. Besides, who wouldn't like to wake up to glowy, dewy and radiant skin?

Our top night cream picks