8 nourishing night creams you’ll want to go to bed early for
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / June 15 2022
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…
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. If you’re making out thank you letters, be sure to address them to the glycolic and hyaluronic acid combo in the formula (plus the passionfruit oil that leaves it smelling sweeter than your dreams).
$77 at MECCA
Too Faced Hangover Pillow Cream
You know the type of TLC you reserve for when you’ve slept in your makeup, downed an alarming amount of alcohol and are riddled with guilt the next morning? That’s what this coconut water, caffeine and mango seed butter cream hits your skin with every single night. Plus (and we cannot put enough emphasis on this), it’s glittery.
$60 at MECCA
Skin Physics Probiotic Overnight Repair Cream
If you want your skin to awake with a renewed (AKA luminous) lease on life, add this probiotic-packed cream to your pre-slumber routine pronto. Loaded with avocado, apricot and meadowfoam seed oils (which all feel as enchanting as they sound) as well as deeply hydrating, dullness-fighting mirabilis japala extract, it’s the key to making sure your eight hours are used as effectively as they can be.
$59.95 at Skin Physics
Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-alt Sleeping Crème
Like the idea of kicking into repair mode when it’s dark out but not down to room with actual retinol? 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.
$88 at Sephora
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.
$39 at Sephora
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.
$79 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.
$38.01 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.
$55 at The Body Shop