It’s no secret that good-quality sleep is vital to your overall health, but did you know it’s also a crucial part of maintaining a youthful complexion? As we sleep, our bodies produce hormones that repair damage all of our faces sustain every day — and the best night cream will help that process along!
Adding a high-quality night cream or serum to your skincare routine is one of the best ways to reverse the signs of aging, because these products help with the natural restorative process already underway while you’re getting your zzzs. Applying a night cream loaded with ingredients like peptides, retinols, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and essential oils will leave your skin looking and feeling better than it would have with sleep alone.
You’ll want to pick the best product for your particular needs: don’t cut corners and use the moisturizer or day cream you use during the day. Those are formulated for protection, with ingredients like SPF, while night creams are simply for nourishing and repairing. After the day is done and you’ve washed your makeup away, it’s important to plump up your skin with a restorative night cream before heading to bed.
Not sure which is right for you? We’ve rounded up 11 of our favorites, below. Keep scrolling to shop our picks!
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When life gets stressful, your skin shows it. Whether it’s breakouts, dark circles, fine lines, or sagging, give your skin the pep it needs with Bienfait Multi-Vital Night Cream from Lancome. Formulated with Lancôme’s Vita-Nutri 8, as well as a blend of potent omega-3s and antioxidants, this cream helps boost skin’s natural recovery process, giving you a renewed complexion and a renewed lease on life. $54, Sephora
There’s a reason they call Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Night Cream, well, magic. If you’re looking for a way to not only hydrate the skin but transform it, you’ll want to pick up a bottle as soon as possible. This balmy night cream is formulated with a rich blend of oils and extracts to give dry skin the nourishing pick me up it’s craving. On top of this, it also contains ingredients like retinol, peptides, and vitamins, which are all proven to help restore skin as you sleep. And with clinical studies suggesting its effectiveness, this just might be one of the best creams for dry skin, period. $145, Nordstrom
An icon in the night-cream world, Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Oil-Free Resurfacing Cream is the best of the best. Perfect for people with oily complexions, it sweeps away dead skin cells, allowing its replenishing ingredients to actively penetrate the skin and leave you looking younger by morning. Plus, its delicious neroli, orange, valerian, and vanilla aromatic blend not only smells delicious, it helps you sleep soundly. $46, Sephora
Often touted as the holy grail of exfoliating products, glycolic acid is a must-have ingredient for any maturing skincare routine. So, it only makes sense that a glycolic night cream, like Glytone’s Age-Defying Antioxidant Night Cream, would make its way onto this list. Complete with protective red tea extract and smoothing peptides, this skin-renewing night cream is one cream you’ll want to keep on your nightstand. $92, Dermstore
When it comes to night creams, you can’t forget about the most delicate skin on your face — your eyes! Gold Rush Eye Balm from Edible Beauty is bound to become your go-to eye cream. This gold leaf-infused eye balm works hard overnight to reduce puffiness, smooth fine lines, and erase dark circles. Thanks to its added blend of coffee, cucumber, and horsetail extracts, with this velvety eye cream, you’ll wake up looking energized, well-rested, and ready to take on the day. Maybe you won’t even need your under-eye concealer the next morning! $65, Sephora
For those looking for a more natural approach to their night cream, Hawaiian Healing’s Anti-Aging Revitalizing Cream is a great bet. The star ingredient in this cream? Organic Hawaiian macadamia flower honey, sourced from the Big Island itself! Filled with natural antioxidants, this cream is nourishing, anti-bacterial, and has been shown to slow the aging process without the need for any potentially harmful additives. $48.75, Amazon
Is uneven skin tone your biggest plight? Fight it at night with Vitamin C Night Repair Cream from Eve Hansen. Known for its ability to help even out skin tone, vitamin C is the key to the clearer complexion you’re looking for. Helping lessen discoloration and blotchiness with each use, this cream is also fortified with skin-loving ingredients like organic aloe, cocoa butter, organic shea, vitamin B5, and natural collagen for a complexion that is not only more even but healthier. $24.99, Amazon
It’s clear that the Korean Beauty trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. One of their most popular ingredients? Snail mucin! As odd as it may sound, this sticky substance is well-known for its ability to heal damaged and aging skin, stimulating the production of elastin and collagen. And that makes Yeouth’s Day/Night Cream the perfect night cream. Complete with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, tripeptides, and green tea extract, this lightweight cream is perfect for all skin types, making it a dependable addition to any night time beauty regimen. $22.94, Amazon
Looking for a night cream to give you the firm, lifted skin you desire without the use of retinol? Then Boots No7 Lift and Luminate Night Cream is the cream you’re looking for. With a concentrated shea butter moisture blend, this hypoallergenic cream firms, lifts, and brightens skin, visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles for a hydrated and younger complexion in no time. $29.75, Amazon
Looking for a night cream you can pick on your next drugstore run? Try CeraVe’s Skin Renewing Night Cream. Formulated to soften and renew the look of tired skin overnight, this cream is formulated with a blend of hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and three essential ceramides for locked-in moisture well into the next morning. Developed by dermatologists, this cream is designed to work with your natural circadian rhythm, doing its best work while you get some shut-eye. $13.98, Amazon
If there’s one time of the year that you should be using a night cream, it’s winter. As the temperature drops so does the humidity, and this change in air moisture can really mess with your skin, leaving it red, dry, and flaky. To help lock in moisture as you sleep, pick up Mee Beauty’s Bee Nourished night cream. The special ingredient in this night cream is, you guessed it, honey. Known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and — most importantly — hydrating qualities, honey is a great ingredient to have in any skin-care product. Made with a blend of organic honey and aloe, this cream will keep you supple and hydrated well into the next morning. Best off all, this family-owned brand of beekeepers donates one percent of their total earnings annually to Save the Bees, so you can feel good about supporting this company! $29.99, Amazon
This story originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.