If you’re wondering what the best night cream is, you’re already way ahead of the curve. We’re still beating the drum to get everyone moisturizing in both the morning and evening, so using the same product is totally fine for starters. But there’s also no real reason not to start using a specialized night cream—it won't even really cost you anything, since each product lasts twice as long if you’re only using it once a day. And your skin needs very different things while you’re getting your shut-eye.
During the day, you are more prone to sweating, and your skin’s oil production can fluctuate, leading to unwanted shine. You’re seeing people out in the world—you don't want a layer of visible product on your mug. Most importantly, you’re exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can aggressively age the skin, and, you know, give you cancer. So a daytime moisturizer should be lightweight, invisible, and it should have SPF to shield your skin from the sun.
At night, that's all out the window. You aren’t as concerned with your appearance, so heavier products are suddenly in play. (Night creams tend to be dense to protect your skin from overnight dehydration.) Sweating isn’t as much of an issue, so there’s less need to worry about shine. Your skin cells are regenerating rapidly as you sleep and your entire body repairs and restores itself. The best night cream will magnify the benefits of that cellular turnover, with ingredients like ceramides that help firm and plump the skin by boosting collagen and elastin. Many night creams include retinol, a hard-working ingredient that proactively reverses signs of aging—but that isn't good for daytime use, since it increases the skin's sensitivity to irritation and sun damage. These products will put in heavy-duty work will you're conked out—and make sure you wake up looking rested and refreshed.
Three of our favorite night moves:
The best anti-aging night cream
This thick cream has retinol included to fight lines and wrinkles.
The fastest-absorbing night cream
If you hate the feeling of product sitting on your face but still want something anti-aging and powerfully hydrating, try this.
The most technically advanced night cream
Not technically even a cream! This gel has this unique honey-like texture, and was so hard to formulate that it's the culty band's lead chemist's favorite product.
Sun protection is crucial and a moisturizer that contains SPF is an easy way to make it a daily habit. GQ’s Best Stuff has the best for every skin type and budget.
Originally Appeared on GQ