The Importance of Moisturizing Both Night and Day
Are you a morning moisturizing person or an evening moisturizing person? Maybe you’re both! Have you ever wondered whether it’s better to slather on lotion during the day or during the evening, or do you just put it on whenever you have time? These may all seem like trivial questions, however; you may be surprised to learn that the time of day that you apply lotion does make a difference. Think about it: we slather on some on few pumps of lotion and expect it to soothe irritated skin, hydrate dry patches, brighten dullness, tighten and blur imperfections – and that’s not even all! We’re letting you in on the importance of moisturizing day and night, and the differences between daytime and nighttime moisturizing.
According to the pros there are two particular features which make a daytime moisturizer best for day time. First off, daytime moisturizers are formulated with SPF to protect you from the harmful UVA/UVB rays that shine down during the day. The SPF doesn’t just prevent your skin from burning, but it’s also preventing premature photo-aging. The second key property of a daytime moisturizer is that it is much more lightweight compared to a night time moisturizer or cream. This is key for a daytime moisturizer as it allows you to go about your day (with or without makeup) without having to worry about excess shine.
In addition to the SPF and lightweight properties of a daytime moisture products, there are a few other features that can take a daytime lotion from good to great. Due to the many pollutants that the skin endures in a day, it is a good idea to use a daytime facial lotion that is formulated with antioxidants, which work hard to ward off the free radicals found in the environment. Furthermore, caffeine based ingredients such as coffee bean or green tea give the skin a bit of a pick-me-up, making it look bright and firm.
As you may guess, the main two differences of a night cream are its lack of SPF (because chances are that you won’t encounter the sun’s harmful rays) and its thick, rich consistency. That being said, there are two ingredients which are typically found in nighttime moisturizers that are seldom seen in daytime products: the first is some sort of retinoid and the second is typically glycolic acid. While both products have a handful of benefits, a retinoid is most typically used to plump tired skin while glycolic acid works to polish and brighten a dull complexion.
While we sleep, the skin goes through a restoration process, allowing it to shed dead skin cells and heal minor wounds. Therefore, night creams are developed with a thicker base which allows them to hydrate and aid the skin while you catch up on beauty sleep.
Do You Need Both?
It is highly suggested that you use a separate daytime and nighttime moisturizer – as you now know, they both are designed with a different goal in mind. However, if you’re adamant about cutting down on products, it would be in your favor to keep the day cream, but use it both night and day. Of all the ingredients in both day and night moisturizers, SPF is the most crucial to protecting the integrity of the skin (and wearing it at nighttime can do no harm).