Monday, April 6, 2009

Do you really need a night cream?

This has been a question I've been pondering for a little bit lately. Is the idea of a night moisturizer something that companies created in order to make us believe that the purchase of such a cream is completely necessary in order to have healthy skin? I think not, but I have to admit, I've been lured in by the proposition. Anyways, I decided to do a little low-fi researching on the topic, and this is what I came up with. Read the articles below for different views on the subject.




My overall conclusion is:

• Night creams are thicker, heavier (sometimes oilier) versions of regular moisturizers.

• You can use a day cream as a night cream (preferably no spf).

• The skin should be cleansed at night so it can rejuvinate and balance itself naturally, without moisturizers (possibly) clogging your pores or adding unnecessary chemicals.

• Using moisturizers 24/7 doesn't fully allow your skin to breathe.

• If your skin is dry, it should be fine to use a light application of moisturizer overnight on the dry spots.

• If your skin is oily, a night cream is NOT your best bet.

• Basically, night creams are NOT necessary! I would just use your regular moisturizer, but not all the time. I think even skincare products with "good for you" ingredients shouldn't be used daily just so your skin can have some product-free open air.

I was also pondering if it was okay or not to use a moisturizer that contains spf as a night cream. Here's some opinions on that:

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