Starting the day off with a combination of moisturizer and sunscreen might already be your skin-care go-to, but since our skin repairs itself while we sleep, a great night cream may actually be its secret weapon. Some ingredients can be useful no matter what time of day they’re applied, while others (like acids and retinoids) do their jobs more effectively after-hours. According to experts, the best time for skin rejuvenation happens between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., which is the perfect time for an effective night cream to get to work on your skin while you’re asleep. “Skin can lose water while you sleep, so the right night cream creates a barrier for moisture loss,” Dendy Engleman, M.D., of Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City, tells SELF.
Since we’re always keeping our ears to the ground when it comes to the next best thing in skin care, we asked 14 different people of all ages and skin types about their favorite creams to use before getting some good old-fashioned shut-eye. Many with acne-prone or combination skin look for moisturizers with exfoliating ingredients like retinol, while those with skin on the drier side love intensive creams that leave their face feeling soft and supple once they wake up. From top brands like CeraVe and Neutrogena to cult favorites like Tatcha and Glossier, read on for the skin-care products they refuse to fall asleep without.
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