Opt for a fragrance-free formula.
Fragrance, whether it’s synthetic or naturally-derived, can be potentially irritating when used in skincare products. My advice? Play it safe and look for a fragrance-free night cream to minimize any chance of flaking, redness, or sensitivity.
Consider the active ingredients.
There are a ton of different ingredients used in night creams and they each have their own specific benefits. Use this lil cheat sheet below to help you narrow down some of the more popular options.
Retinol: Derm-favorite anti-aging ingredient that jumpstarts cell turnover and stimulates collagen and elastin production.
AHAs and BHAs: Exfoliating acids that resurface, smooth, and brighten skin.
Peptides, stem cells, and growth factors: Skin regenerating ingredients that improve skin function and signal collagen and elastin production.
Vitamin C and niacinamide: Two of the best skin-brightening antioxidants that protect skin from the aging effects of free radical damage.
Hyaluronic acid: Humectant that hydrates skin to temporarily plump fine lines.
Think about the texture.
Night creams are typically much richer and thicker than day creams, but Dr. Wechsler says that a heavier texture isn’t essential for optimal performance. “Night creams don’t need to be thicker than day creams—it really comes down to personal preference,” says Dr. Wechsler. I have oily skin and like to layer my night cream with Rx treatments, so a more lightweight night cream is better for my routine. That said, if you have extreme dry skin or want to plump the look of fine lines, a thicker cream may be better for you.