Every one of us must have had one. The uncle…
Have you ever woken up, only to find that your daytime moisturizer is tapped? You knew this was coming for a few days, but you were in denial, trying to postpone the inevitable. Surely, you would be able to scrape or squeeze just that little dime size amount out of the bottle or tube to get you through the day, but its no use. Dry, completely dry. So what do you do?
You pick up your nighttime moisturizer and use it instead. What could be a big difference. Surely, antioxidants don’t know whether its day or night. You can probably use this for a few days without much of a difference, right? Or wrong?
So what’s one of the biggest differences between day and night? Sunlight, and sunlight means UV rays. In addition to this, daytime also brings exposure to pollution, environment effects, and makeup, and day creams are designed to protect against these stressors. Day creams contain SPF to prevent photo-aging and sunburn, and antioxidants to fight damaging free radicals. They may also contain ingredients like caffeine to firm skin and provide extra energy. In addition, since day moisturizers are generally worn under makeup, they usually have a lighter, less greasy formula that can be easily absorbed by the skin, letting pores breathe and foundation to go on smoothly. Daytime moisturizers also tend to include lower amounts of some anti-aging compounds like alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids, because they make increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun and are more commonly found in nighttime products.
Nighttime is a time for repair, restructure and regeneration, so nighttime moisturizers are focused on handling these jobs. Good nighttime creams contain slow absorbing ingredients that penetrate over several hours and since sunlight is not a factor, they have the highest level of anti-aging compounds like glycol acid, retinol, and hyaluronic acid, which do their best work without sunscreen. Night creams tend to be thicker and richer than day creams which are usually absorbed by morning, so our faces are silky and smooth by the time makeup is applied.
Ok, so maybe swapping the day for the night for a few days won’t cause a major disaster, but your skin could feel and look greasier during the day and you won’t get as much protection from the sun. Vice versa, and you’ll get the sunscreen, but you won’t get all of the anti-aging and moisturizing perks. You may choose to have two, or you may find that an all in one is fine for you. Whichever you choose, make sure your product(s) is/are working for you and keeping your skin in its best shape. Let us know what works best for you. We’re always interested in hearing your take on things.