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Best Night Cream

By: Angela Stringfellow on May 09, 2018

Night creams can repair and protect skin while you sleep

Night creams are a great way to moisturize and repair your skin while you sleep, due to their extra emollient properties. They may also be a good fit for daily use if you have sensitive skin that doesn't take well to sunscreen ingredients.

One excellent night cream is CeraVe PM Moisturizing Facial Lotion (Est. $22 for 6 oz. ), the nighttime version of our best-reviewed moisturizer for sensitive skin. This formula gets the same high ratings as moisturizers and night creams that cost far more. It's a lotion, but its texture is almost gel-like -- think light and springy -- and users say it provides even coverage without any greasy or sticky after-feel.

Experts at Beautypedia give CeraVe PM Moisturizing Facial Lotion a perfect five-star rating, noting its healthy mix of beneficial ingredients such as ceramides, along with skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients like hyaluronic acid, a well-known powerful moisturizing agent. It's also fragrance-free and works well for users with all types of skin -- even those with dry or sensitive skin say it does a great job of moisturizing without irritation. That said, Beautypedia's editors do point out that CeraVe PM has recently been reformulated and now contains a possibly higher concentration of niacinamide, so users who are sensitive to this ingredient may experience some stinging during application. 

Although it's technically labeled as a night cream, we read plenty of reviews from sunscreen-adverse folks who use this as their daily (daytime) moisturizer. That's due in part to the exceptionally lightweight formulation; users say the typical sensation that you have something on your skin hours after applying a moisturizer or other product is minimal to nonexistent with CeraVe PM.

Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer (Est. $14 for 1.7 oz.) is another night cream that earns high marks from experts. Ideal for people with normal to dry or sensitive skin, Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer is one of the best gentle moisturizers available at the drugstore, Beautypedia's editors say. It absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving skin smooth and hydrated without a heavy feeling. Not only is Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer fragrance-free, but it also contains anti-irritants such as allantoin and licorice extract, which soothe redness to give the skin a more even appearance.

Editors at Beautypedia like Cetaphil's packaging, which consists of a plastic squeeze tube coupled with a pump-style dispenser, which helps to maintain the stability of Cetaphil's mix of beneficial ingredients such as emollients, skin-replenishing ceramides and antioxidants. Users, on the other hand, say that it's difficult to get the remaining cream out of the tube when it's nearing empty. A few say they resorted to cutting the tube open and were surprised by the considerable amount of product that nearly went to waste.

Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer has a thick consistency, users say, but not so thick that it's uncomfortable to use on warm summer nights. Most users who have sensitive skin say it doesn't cause irritation, and many agree that they've noticed a reduction in redness from conditions like rosacea after using this night cream. However, as many facial moisturizers, there are a handful of users who report breakouts or irritation after using this product.

Another night cream worth considering, Olay Total Effects Night Pore Perfector Moisturizer (Est. $15 for 1.7 oz.), is the nighttime version of our best-reviewed daytime moisturizer, Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Moisturizer. Experts at Beautypedia award it four stars, although they do point out that its nighttime designation is "more marketing than necessity," primarily because, "there's nothing special that can happen to pores at night that can't also occur during the day."

Editors at Beautypedia say Olay Total Effects Night Pore Perfector Moisturizer works well for a variety of skin types. It's a non-greasy formulation that won't leave a thick, occlusive feel for those with slightly dry skin. For those with combination, oily, or acne-prone skin, it contains absorbent ingredients including aluminum starch octenylsuccinate to leave a smooth, semi-matte finish. It also contains antioxidants in the form of vitamin E, vitamin C and green tea, as well as niacinamide, a cell-communicating ingredient with the potential ability to minimize pores, which may contribute to this product's pore-reducing claims. While some users do report a noticeable reduction in pore size, Beautypedia's editors suggest adding a leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid to your skincare regimen for a major improvement in this area.

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