This article was first published on 3 May 2022.
Did you know that a good skin day starts from the previous evening? What you do during this time, including your skincare routine and sleep hygiene, matters. Did you know that your evening skincare regimen should be more extensive than your daytime routine? This is because the skin repairs itself while you sleep. This is the best time to load it up with skincare products that help your skin regenerate its former glory and repair any damage or stress it experienced during the day. One non-negotiable detail is a night cream to keep your skin moisturised as you slumber, so you can wake up to good-looking skin.
What is a night cream?
A night cream is a form of moisturiser that, as its name suggests, should be applied in the evening before you go to bed. Its primary function is to hydrate your skin, but it can also help boost collagen production, smooth out dry patches, stimulate cell turnover, reduce fine lines, and more. A night cream will have ingredients such as retinol, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants like vitamin E and resveratrol, as well as moisturising agents like ceramides and glycerin.
These products typically have a thicker, richer consistency than your usual multipurpose daytime moisturiser. And while night creams are primarily marketed to people aged 30 and above as part of an anti-ageing skin regimen, those with dry skin can also benefit from using it early on for extra hydration as they sleep.
Now that you know what a night cream can do for your skin, get to know the best options you have in Singapore.
1. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream
Formulated with niacinamide, carob fruit extract, Hydra-Firming Complex, and Amino-Peptide Complex, the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream helps plump up your skin and keep it moisturised all night long. It also improves skin texture by tightening pores and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
What makes it unique: The night cream also contains olive oil extract to help it absorb better into the skin.
2. Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Night Cream
Want to have luminous skin? The Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Night Cream brightens and evens out your skin tone without irritating your skin or disrupting your skin barrier. It's formulated with GentleBright Technology which is made of niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and sea daffodil extract. These ingredients work together to increase cell turnover, brighten up uneven skin tone, and reduce redness.
What makes it unique: It’s made to be completely hypoallergenic and sensitive skin-friendly with its fragrance-free formula.
3. L'Oreal Glycolic Bright Glowing Night Cream
The Glycolic Bright Glowing Night Cream from L'Oreal is one of the newer night creams on this list. It promises to reduce dark spots and acne marks with its hero ingredient, glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is known for its exfoliating properties, ability to speed up skin cell turnover and boost collagen production.
What makes it unique: It's enriched with vitamin E for further brightening and also to protect your skin.
4. Fenty Skin Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream
Ever noticed how Rihanna's skin looks baby fresh? You can achieve the same effect with the Fenty Skin Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream. This gel-cream moisturiser is super lightweight yet ultra-nourishing, thanks to the hyaluronic acid, Kalahari melon oil and baobab extract in its formula. It improves the look of pores and fine lines and makes skin more elastic and plump.
What makes it unique: The night cream comes with its own applicator spatula so you can hygienically apply it, without having to dip in with your fingers.
It's available in Singapore for SGD62 per 50ML at Sephora.
5. fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream
If you're a fan of fresh's bestselling Rose Deep Hydration Cream and Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturiser, it's time you met the brand’s evening skincare sister: the fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream. It's made with antioxidant Super Lotus and peach leaf extract to aid your skin's natural recovery process. This promises to help you wake up to a more refreshed and brighter skin in the morning.
What makes it unique: It’s also infused with nourishing shea butter and skin-softening vitamin E for extra rejuvenation.
6. It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Beauty Sleep Cream
It Cosmetics set high expectations when it named this night cream. The Confidence In Your Beauty Sleep Cream is powered by the brand's Rest & Restore Technology, which corrects the signs of skin ageing — fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, dullness and loss of firmness. It has a unique texture thanks to its MemoryBounce Technology that delivers maximum hydration without a sticky, greasy leftover feeling.
What makes it unique: It also has ceramides, hyaluronic acid and a soothing lavender scent to make your evening skincare regimen more relaxing and worth the while.
You can find it at Sephora for SGD24 per 14ML and SGD80 per 60ML.
7. Laneige Perfect Renew Youth Regenerating Cream
Wake up to Korean celeb-worthy smooth skin with the Laneige Perfect Renew Youth Regenerating Cream. The anti-ageing night cream is formulated with Glyco Miracle™ to keep your skin nourished and smooth.
What makes it unique: It has both glycerin and squalane that help keep your skin moisturised and plump.
8. Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Night Intensive Restorative Crème
This night cream works on a cellular level to turn back the clock on ageing skin. It contains two times-concentrated moringa extract and Collagen Boosting Technology to stimulate the skin's protein production that keeps it looking firm and smooth.
What makes it unique: According to the brand, this anti-ageing night cream also doubles as a neck cream.
9. Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Night Line Smoothing Cream
Want to look like you had a full eight hours of sleep? The Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Night Line Smoothing Cream promises to do just that. It's made with natural collagen that signals the skin to produce more collagen, creating a plumper and wrinkle-free appearance.
What makes it unique: It comes in two variants that cater to the different skin types, specifically very dry to dry combination and combination oily to oily skin.
10. Caudalie Vinoperfect Dark Spot Correcting Glycolic Night Cream
Channel the anti-ageing and antioxidant effect of grapes with the Caudalie Vinoperfect Dark Spot Correcting Glycolic Night Cream. It acts as a gentle overnight leave-on peel, thanks to the glycolic acid in its formula, which reduces the saturation of dark spots and evens out your complexion.
What makes it unique: It also has squalane to help keep your skin hydrated as you sleep.
11. ELEMIS London Superfood Night Cream
Does your skin feel tight and dry when you wake up? The ELEMIS London Superfood Night Cream is packed with a superfood blend of barley, quinoa, and sweet almond milk to nourish and moisturise your skin — no flaky spots in the morning.
What makes it unique: It also has prebiotics that help repair your damaged skin barrier. It balances your skin microbiome and leaves you looking glowy and well-rested the next day.
12. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream
If you're a fan of First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream Moisturiser for dry skin, you'll love its firming night cream sister. The Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream contains peptides that boost the skin's natural collagen production while glutaline-in-tense and niacinamide help firm up the skin and keep it supple.
What makes it unique: Folks with very dry, parched skin will particularly love the night cream's blend of sodium hyaluronate, colloidal oatmeal, and conditioning butters and waxes that soothe and moisturise troubled complexions overnight.
It's available at Sephora for SGD63 per 50ML.
13. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream
Did you know that Charlotte Tilbury's bestselling Magic Cream has a night cream equivalent? This night cream for dehydrated skin is formulated with winter Daphne stem cell extract, retinol and red algae marigel that work to rejuvenate and protect your skin. If you want to boost your skin's elasticity, you’ll be pleased to know that the night cream is also powered by a BioNymph Peptide Complex that tells your skin to produce more of its natural plumping stores.
What makes it unique: It also comes in a refillable version to help you cut down on your packaging waste.
You can find it at Sephora for SGD210 per 50ML.
14. Hada Labo Kouji Night Cream
This night cream is formulated with hydrolysed rice extract from fermented Japanese white rice which is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and hydrating properties that keep the skin clear, soft, and supple. It also has soy protein which helps eliminate early signs of ageing and Indian chrysanthemum which soothes the skin against irritation and inflammation.
What makes it unique: It doubles as a sleeping mask with its smooth, velvety texture.
You can find it at Watsons for SGD50.35 per 50G.
15. Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Night Cream
Simple's night cream packs a punch with its combination of mushroom extract, chamomile, ginkgo biloba, and green tea extract; it aids the skin's natural regeneration process while you sleep. It also strengthens the skin's protective barrier against external stressors, preventing irritation and blemishes.
What makes it unique: The product also contains lactic acid which helps remedy dry and scaly skin.
You can find it at Watsons for SGD30.20 per 50ML.
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