Whether you’re just starting your skincare journey or you have a multi-step routine that you never go a day without, you’ve likely heard of the importance of using the best night creams. Let’s just say that there’s a reason why it’s the final step in your skincare routine order—the cream helps lock in all of your other products making it a must.
You might be wondering why the product needs to be applied in the evening. Well, at night when you’re resting, your skin is busy working. “During sleep is when the skin regenerates itself. There is increased blood flow to the skin at night which delivers more nutrients, [and] the extra nutrient supply aids skin repair,” explains Carmen Castilla, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mount Sinai in New York. “This is a great time to enhance the repair process with your skincare routine.”
Meet the Experts: Carmen Castilla, M.D. board-certified dermatologist and clinical instructor; Karan Lal, D.O., M.S., F.A.A.D. double board-certified cosmetic dermatologist; Joshua Zeichner, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research; Heidi Waldorf, M.D., a clinical associate professor of dermatology.
The skincare products are especially powerful because they tend to be formulated with active ingredients which aid in the skin repair process and help repair the skin barrier, according to Dr. Castilla. “Typically they also have skin calming ingredients that help soothe skin from the stressors of the day,” she continues. “Unlike day creams, they won’t have SPF or other sunscreens included.”
From retinol-infused options that soften fine lines and wrinkles to hydrating, hyaluronic acid-powered formulas, night creams are a staple in any evening skincare routine—no matter your goals or concerns.
Our top picks
So whether you’re in the market for a formula suited for your skin type or simply one of the best anti-aging creams made for nighttime, we’ve rounded up some of the best options on the market.