12 nourishing night creams you’ll want to go to bed early for
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / November 02 2023
There’s something super satisfying about watching something work while you rest. You know, like when the trainer in your virtual workout vid tells you to “finish the set strong” even though you’ve been lying on the floor for several minutes now.
Well, night creams do just the same; they're nocturnal animals that put in the hard yards while you're doing the exact opposite. The only difference is that you won’t exactly be watching them work because you’ll be getting some much-needed shut-eye while they do their thing.
What you will see, though, is the spring in your skin’s step the next morning – night creams are generally richer than your traditional daytime options, so they do not come to play when it comes to benefits.
So, if you’re all set to slather something lush on before bed, but still don’t know which formula to go with, allow us to introduce the night creams that you need to add to your evening routine ASAP…
Skin Virtue Super Clear Essential Cream
Your oily skin days are numbered once your face gets a dose of this lightweight anti-ageing night cream. Packed with AHAs and BHAs, it's great at purifying skin prone to oiliness and impurities. With patented skin stem cell support, soothing botanicals, antioxidants and skin-loving vitamins, it also exfoliates dead cells, adds hydration and refines your skin's tone and texture.
$90 at Skin Virtue
Kotia Regenerating Night Cream
The reviews speak for themselves when it comes to this night cream. Enriched with pure New Zealand deer milk, it’s full of antioxidants, amino acids and revitalising oils to keep your skin soft, smooth and supple. With fast-acting benefits for ageing skin, it promotes firmness and elasticity, penetrating to plump up your skin and retain vital moisture.
Was AUD$79, now AUD$60 at kōtia
GlamGlow Good In Bed Passionfruit Softening Night Cream
The only thing more impressive than the name (which we deeply enjoy, by the way) is the way it takes dull, dry skin that’s been in a bad mood for weeks to soft, plump and juicy in just a few nights. This is all thanks to the glycolic and hyaluronic acid combo in the formula (plus the passionfruit oil that leaves it smelling sweeter than your dreams).
$27.20 at Fresh Beauty Co.
Alpha-H After Hours AHA Moisturiser
Here at BEAUTYcrew, we can always get behind Alpha-H, and this night cream is certainly no exception. This luxurious resurfacing cream works to firm, plump, brighten and boost radiance, while reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation. It also helps with dryness and dehydration, loss of elasticity, and fine lines and wrinkles. Not only that, but it is naturally scented from fresh and woody ingredients, bringing you a spa-like experience right into the comfort of your own bathroom.
$119.95 at Alpha-H
BYBI Beauty Night Nutrition Protein Night Cream Moisturiser
While carrot, kale and broccoli may not sound like the ideal midnight snacks in your book, your skin wholeheartedly disagrees. In fact, we’ll bet they’re just what your poor dehydrated complexion has been craving. The wildly nourishing texture sits somewhere between a rich cream and a velvety balm, too, so if you listen very carefully, you might just hear your face breathe a sigh of replenished relief.
$55 at Sephora
Too Faced Hangover Pillow Cream
You know the type of TLC you want when you’ve slept in your makeup, downed an alarming amount of alcohol and are riddled with guilt the next morning? Well, this coconut and mango cream is it - and it's here to save the day. Simply pop a layer on, hit the hay and wait for it to perform its magic...
$66.29 at Amazon
Vanessa Megan Marine Collagen Firming Night Cream
This anti-ageing beauty hydrates skin, plumps fine lines, supports collagen production and increases elasticity. The formula contains IBR-Dormin, a certified organic and scientifically proven anti-ageing ingredient that works to slow down skin cell proliferation, while helping to regenerate cells overnight.
$84.95 at a-beauty
Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-alt Sleeping Crème
Like the idea of retinol but want something a little gentler on the skin? This elasticity-enhancing face-freshener is powered by bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative that’ll help to combat all the same ageing-related concerns (from fine lines to dark spots) without inviting irritation along for the ride.
$127.13 at Amazon
It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Beauty Sleep Cream
Honestly, we would have purchased this bedtime buddy solely because it’s purple (we’re only human, you guys), but hey, the plumping benefits aren’t exactly a con, either. It’s deeply hydrating and luxuriously rich, but was actually specifically designed to sink solely into your skin, not your pillow, so you can apply a hearty helping each night without any worries re: transfer.
$91 at Sephora
Paula’s Choice Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturiser
If you’re sitting there thinking, “hello, my skin is still sensitive past 9pm and cannot handle crazily rich creams”, don’t worry; we’ve got just the formula for you. It’s packed with eight hydrating and softening superfoods but feels as light as whipped butter, so you can apply with full confidence that its overnight healing powers won’t overwhelm your face.
$45 at Paula's Choice
The Body Shop Oils of Life Sleeping Cream
Generally more of an oil person? We’re going to go ahead and guess you’re not yet sold on the whole ‘night cream’ thing. Well, this creamy tub of goodness may just convince you. It's infused with four of the best oils on the block (olive, rosehip, camellia and black cumin seed), so its chances at delivering the same level of nourishment (in a significantly dreamier form) are looking pretty damn good.
$59 at The Body Shop
Sukin Naturals Signature Moisture Restoring Night Cream
The Sukin Naturals Signature Moisture Restoring Night Cream works to repair and restore your skin while you catch your Z's. Spiked with rosehip, evening primrose and aloe vera, the cream will soothe any irritation, while combating dryness and dullness to restore radiance.
Was $22, now $11 at Priceline