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What’s The Difference Between Night Cream & Day Cream?

Using good day and night creams can really help to boost the glow and health of your skin. Here's what you need to know.
Updated: November 9, 2022
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It’s absolutely vital that your skin is kept in the best condition possible during the day and throughout the night. There are many products on the market that can help maintain good skin health, but two of the most common can confuse people.

What’s the difference between night cream and day cream? Which one is better, and does it really matter which one you decide to use?

The low-down on day cream

A day cream is essentially an everyday moisturizer. If you’re commuting to work in a busy urban environment, a convenient tub of day cream can help to refresh your skin as it inevitably gets dried out and worn down by daily stresses and environmental factors.

The cream is water-based and contains effective but gentle moisturizing agents that aim to give the skin a fresh top-up when needed. Beyond that, there are numerous nutrients in the mix that can fortify the skin and give it a healthy boost.

The low-down on night cream

Think of night cream as the calmer little sister of day cream. A night cream is specially formulated to be used at night once all makeup is removed. It will be slowly absorbed through your skin overnight which will prepare your face for another full day of challenges. It’s a spa-like product that is a favorite for those of us who really like to indulge in our skincare routines.

What’s the difference between day cream and night cream?

Not much, honestly. Day cream is designed to be a versatile and flexible product you can take with you and use in a multitude of situations. Night cream on the other hand is supposed to act as a soothing finish to a long day.

Perhaps the main difference between the two is the texture of the cream itself. Day cream is generally lighter in its feel as it needs to be used multiple times. Night cream is usually thicker and richer as it intends to sit on top of the skin for longer.

Which one should you use?

Easy, both! Seriously, if you’re as busy as we are during the week, your skin will thank you for using a day and night cream on a regular basis. Skin gets stressed out and worn down for various reasons, so using an effective cream during the day and at night will not only refresh it but also prepare it for the coming days by giving it healthy vitamins and nutrients.

Before we go

We love both types of products and would recommend you do your research into how well they’ll work for you. There are plenty of options available on the market that will do wonders for your skin health in this hectic modern world.

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