Have you ever woken up with dry, tired looking skin? If so, chances are you aren’t using a moisturizer at night. Moisturizing is not a new concept, but one that is often left out of skincare routines in fear that applying too many products will cause breakouts, or make the skin more oily. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many moisturizers out there that are formulated to work well with your skin type, what’s important is knowing the benefits and what ingredients to look for!
Should you moisturize before bed? The answer is yes!
Moisturizing before bed has several benefits, from giving you a subtle, sought-after “glow” in the morning, to helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Who doesn’t want that!? It also helps provide you with a more even skin texture over time and boosts collagen production, two things that will help prevent future blemishes and camouflage existing ones.
If you’re wondering if you can use the same moisturizer during the day and at night, that is all up to your personal preference and budget. People commonly opt for two different moisturizers due to the weight of them or the ingredients’ affect on your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. During the day you may reach for a lighter option to combine with makeup that contains SPF, and a heavier option at night. Keep reading to see what ingredients to look for in a nighttime moisturizer that will have you waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day!
1. Aloe Vera
We all have memories of our parents lathering us up with aloe after a day at the beach, but aloe has many benefits, sunburn or not! It helps the production and release of collagen, and prevents scarring and dark spots. It is also rich in water which helps moisturize the skin and lock in water. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, so you can count on aloe for its anti-aging benefits as well!
2. Vitamin C
You may incorporate a healthy amount of vitamin C in your diet, or rush for your supplements when you’re starting to feel sick, but vitamin C has many benefits when applied topically as well. In fact, researchers say when it comes to your skin, it is more effective to apply topically versus consuming it. So what exactly does this antioxidant do to your skin? This list is long but most notably it helps to brighten the skin, even out its texture, and prevents premature aging. It also protects you against skin damage from the sun and harmful free radicals. Need we say more?
3. Safflower Oil
Safflower oil is made from the seeds of a safflower plant, known for its bright yellow and orange flowers. It has many moisturizing effects that help smooth the skin and give it a softer appearance- a win win! It’s also said to fight acne due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
4. Grapeseed Oil
You may be less familiar with grapeseed oil, but by no means does that indicate it has less benefits for your skin. Grapeseed oil contains antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and amino acids that help to moisturize dull and dehydrated skin. By restoring the elasticity in your skin it also helps protect against environmental damage. The best part? Grapeseed oil has antimicrobial properties that help clear up acne breakouts.
5. Jojoba Oil
We may have saved the best ingredient for last, jojoba oil. Jojoba oil has properties similar to the skin’s sebum that allow it to penetrate deeper than the top layer of skin for maximum benefits. It is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. Best part of all is that it can be used on all skin types from dry to acne-prone. Count us in!
With so many benefits to nighttime moisturization it’s clear that everyone should implement it as part of their end-of-day skincare routine. Over time, the benefits of hydrated skin with a decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (among others!) will have you committed to never missing this final step. Make sure to pay attention to the ingredients listed in your moisturizer of choice to ensure you’re receiving the maximum benefit. We promise that the combination of a quality product and consistency will give you glowing skin in no time!