Our sleeping hours are not only crucial for rejuvenating shut-eye, but they can also be a time for vital skin care. Using the best night cream is an important step in an evening routine, not just when we’re emerging from the colder months and dry indoor heating (and could use an extra dose of hydration), but also all-year-round.
“Night creams are important because they help repair and protect the skin overnight. Moisturizing is an essential part of your skin-care routine,” says esthetician Sean Garrette. “It nourishes the skin and helps lock in all the treatments and serums you apply in your night routine.” Garrette recommends looking for creams that include “skin replenishing ingredients” like essential fatty acids (omega-3s and omega-6s), “which are the building blocks of healthy skin barriers,” as well as ceramides, cholesterol, and antioxidants.
To help you find the best night cream, and in honor of Vogue’s inaugural sleep week, three skin-care experts share 7 of their favorites to help you wake up glowing.
Fenty Skin’s Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream
“This is one of the best night creams because it covers all of the bases. It hydrates, nourishes, plumps, and revives the skin overnight. The texture is lightweight like a gel, but nourishing like rich cream,” Garrette says. “It instantly melts into the skin and has incredible skin replenishing ingredients like niacinamide, two forms of hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid), and aloe. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants like green tea, kalahari melon seed oil, and cactus flower.”
Dime Beauty Restorative Night Cream
“The entire Dime Beauty Co collection is great in many ways,” says Dr. Carlos Charles, board certified dermatologist and founder of Derma di Color. “I particularly like the night cream because it’s super lightweight, fragrance-free and incredibly hydrating. The ingredient list runs the gamut of all the best hydration and antioxidants like glycerin, shea butter, and sea buckthorn.”
Pond’s Advanced Hydrating Night Cream
“This rich whipped cream is formulated with vitamin B3 to help strengthen the skin barrier as well as retinol complex to visibly reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles,” says Dr. Caroline Robinson, MD, FAAD and founder of Tone Dermatology. “I love that this product is affordable yet effective and I recommend it as the final step in a nighttime skin-care routine.”
CeraVe PM Moisturizing Lotion
“Dermatologists have been singing the praises of the CeraVe line for years with good reason. The PM moisturizing lotion is well-known for how well it works for those with the most sensitive skin,” Dr. Charles says. “It contains niacinamide to assist with calming the skin and hyaluronic acid to assist with hydration. It also is fragrance- free and an excellent product to use along with your other actives, including retinols or retinoids.”
Epara Moisturizing Face Cream
“The face cream by Epara is a recent find of mine and I love that the Black-owned brand has prioritized science and skin care for darker skin tones,” Dr. Robinson says. “The luxurious cream contains a blend of plankton extract (a brightener), niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, and shea butter to address two of the most common skin concerns in darker skin types as they age: dryness and discoloration.”
456 Skin Tonic OH! Treatment Lotion
“For those looking for something special that can both provide hydration and also deliver a full range of active ingredients, the Tonic OH! Treatment Lotion by 456 skin will deliver all of this,” Dr. Carlos, a co-founder of the brand, says. “Created specifically with melanin-rich skin in mind, it’s part of our personalized skincare collection. Key ingredients include hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, rose water, vitamin C and salicylic acid to provide essential nutrients, reduce inflammation, maximize hydration, while also helping to lessen hyperpigmentation. It can be used at night on its own or in conjunction with your traditional cream.”
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Firming Collagen Cream
“For those who are sensitive to retinol but still want a night cream that promotes skin health and supports skin aging, I like First Aid Beauty’s new Ultra Repair Firming Collagen Cream,” Dr. Robinson says. “It contains a blend of niacinamide, peptides, collagen, and colloidal oatmeal to protect existing collagen from damage, encourage our own natural collagen production, and increase skin hydration.”