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I never quite understand people who are obsessed with skincare but don’t have a night time routine that holds its own against the morning regime. When you think about it, we spend around 1/3 of our lives sleeping – which is a significant amount of time. So applying product before bed is a no brainer, really.
I tend to alternate between retinols, hyaluronics and overnight peels over the course of the week – and its important to build a routine that works for you and caters to your skin’s needs. But, as a minimum, using a hydrating cream will help keep skin well moisturised when the cold air comes in, and make the transition from summer through autumn and winter as seamless as possible.
So as the nights inevitably draw in, I wanted to share some of my favourite hydrating night creams to help protect your skin and prepare it for the tail end of 2019 – because prevention is always better than cure.
Nivea Sleeping Melt-In Mask
Who doesn’t love a bit of good old Nivea? It’s been a beauty shelf staple for over 100 years, and for good reason. In fact, I often use the classic formula – the one in the blue jar – on my neck area. But this mask is specially formulated for night time – and I love it.
As you’d expect, the cream itself is rich and instantly nourishes the skin – in fact, the ‘melt-in’ effect is sooo soothing. And where this cream differs from others in the line is in the composition. It has 50% more coenzyme Q10 and Creatine – which are both clinically proven to stimulate the production of collagen. The Q10 is also a powerful antioxidant, which helps control damage from pollution.
My one thing with this cream is the jar size – it’s 50 ml which they say is 12 uses. It’s not overly expensive – RRP is around £10 – but I do think the price per cost might put some people off; especially since cheaper products are more readily available online. But then I do think that comes from the assumption that theres only one Nivea product and it should be cheap. Because there’s not – there’s loads – and for a brand with such longevity, it’s a bargain!
Green People Fruitful Nights Night Cream
Green People have a great range of organic skincare products that just feel good – probably because they are. This is no exception – and it’s perfect if you’re the kind of person who likes a night cream that’s weightless and not sticky. Because there’s nothing worse than waking up with a face full of pillow fluff.
I really like this brand for a number of reasons. It’s more than just a skincare brand, it’s all about lifestyle. It’s vegan, organic, not tested on animals – and 10% of profits go to charity. There’s really nothing not to love.
But aside from all that, the product itself is really good. Not as heavy as the Nivea, so if you’re prone to more problematic skin then I’d go for this one out of the two if you’re looking for just hydration. But it does give a much needed boost and, when used alongside a consistent routine, can leave your skin bright and glowing first thing.
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Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Night Peeling & Serum
I do love an anti-ageing cream, and I’ll tell you why. Do I think they’re going to stop me from ageing? No. But I do genuinely think they’re packed with ingredients that enhance skin, nourish it, and slow down the overall ageing process. And because I don’t have particularly dry skin and don’t have to work on hydration near every night, I can afford to add in some other ingredients.
So this is one of them, and it’s great. It’s a dual pump – one side is a chemical exfoliant and the other is hydration, meaning it’s great for slightly sensitive skin, especially if you’re wary of leaving an exfoliant on overnight. It’s also really good if you have something coming up and want an all round boost to your skin in a short space of time.
What I will say is, this is the most expensive of the three products – but you don’t need to go too hardcore with it. A little goes a long way, so start small and build up if needs be. And remember, you’re paying more because you’re getting double the benefits, so it really is a worthwhile investment.