- The 14 Best Night Creams
The 14 Best Night Creams of 2024
Unless you've been genetically blessed, your skin probably tends to get dry and somewhat dull as we move into the colder months (which are most of the months here in the UK). But don’t panic, it IS possible to keep your complexion looking tip top and positively youthful.
It's time we gave our faces a little extra TLC with the best night creams in the biz. Move over featherlight day creams and cooling gel formulas, as summer turns to autumn, we need the big guns – the rich and downright hydrating evening moisturisers.
Not sure where to start looking? Keep reading for all your nourishing night cream needs.
Why do you need a night cream?
When you rest your beautiful head, your skin needs a little helping hand to repair any damage from the daytime, whether from sun exposure or pollution. And night creams are the perfect remedy, as they help nurture, hydrate and nourish your complexion while you sleep.
Whether it’s an anti-ageing, brightening or clarifying solution, there’s a night cream for all your skin woes. To save you hours of scrolling and trawling the beauty aisles, the beauty whizzes at Cosmetify have put together the 14 best night creams for you to peruse. And don't worry, we've included options for both the thrifty and the splurge-ers amongst our readers!
The best luxury night creams
Treat yourself and your skin with our top picks for night creams at higher price points. It's also probably a good bet that someone you know would love one of these as a gift (our skin's never drier than around Christmastime, right?).
Treat your skin to a cocktail of superfoods, including barley, sweet almond milk and quinoa, as well as soothing lavender and ylang-ylang. These nourishing goodies combine to balance, refine and refresh your complexion, giving your skin some much need moisture in the night.
If the cold weather is taking its toll, REN to rescue. This cult-favourite night balm uses a clever blend of antioxidant-rich oils, including olive, almond, linseed and jojoba, to smooth and repair your skin as you sleep. In the morning your face appears brighter and healthier looking.
The Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream makes all the best night cream lists and for good reason. It uses red alage extract and peptides to firm and tighten sagging skin, and retinol to renew cell turnover. This nurturing formula also helps refine the skin, tackling uneven skin tone and scarring - perfect for acne-prone beauty lovers.
Hailed as one of the best night creams for dry skin, the Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream is a luxurious option for your evening routine. It helps renew and rejuvenate your skin using an innovative Trigger Factor Complex. This repairs the skin tissue and protects against environmental damage.
After your evening cleansing routine, liberally apply this nourishing night cream in upward motions across your face. It’s non-comedogenic, so is perfect for blemish-prone and combination skin types. It gets to work as your rest your head by delivering a big boost of hydration and tackling fine lines, enlarged pores and dullness.
If you're looking for a luxe night cream, this one from Avant has the word right in the name! We love this cream for the face and under eyes because the hyaluronic acid and purified sea water even out your skin tone, as well as hydrate and balance oil production. It also minimises fine lines and refreshes that under-eye area, with vitamin B3 tightening your skin and reducing the appearance of pores.
If wrinkles, fine lines, dull skin and dark spots are a concern of yours, this trio of night creams is for you. In just 45 days, this three-phase night-time treatment repairs all four giveaways of ageing – discolouration, wrinkles, enlarged pores and uneven texture. The formulas utilise a patented retinol complex that mimics the skin-smoothing effects of clinical retinol without the harsh side effects.
The ultimate splurge, but totally worth it, this deeply restorative and hydrating night cream uses time-released retinol to help plump your skin and erase fine lines throughout the night. There's also bakuchiol to boost the effects of the retinol. Ensure your skin's long-term health and firmness with this non-greasy, feather-light formula.
The best budget night creams
Just because a product is inexpensive, doesn't mean it can't do wonders for your skin. If you're on a budget or just don't like splashing the cash on skincare, here are our favourite affordable picks to give you the biggest bang for your buck.
From the cult-favourite drugstore skincare brand CeraVe comes this lightweight, oil-free night moisturiser. Fortified with niacinamide, this lotion calms your skin and restores its barrier. There's also hyaluronic acid and ceramides that work together with the niacinamide to give you unparalleled levels of moisture for noticeably healthier skin.
Don't let dry skin get you down. This Replenishing Cream comes from dermatologist-recommended brand Eucerin, bringing your skin nourishing ingredients like urea, which removes dead skin cells for smoother, hydrated skin, and lactate, which relieves irritation and redness. There's also carnitine, which helps your skin produce ceramides for maintaining your skin barrier and moisture levels. Say good night to rough, scaly skin and wake up to a new you.
We can't say no to a face cream that is hydrating AND anti-ageing (and comes at a reasonable price). The Intensive Face Cream from UK-based brand Q+A target the outer and deeper layers of the skin to shield it from the elements and keep you looking youthful. Snow algae is the hero ingredient here for mature skin, slowing down collagen breakdown, while hyaluronic acid and shea better keep you super moisturised. It works as a day cream too!
Another favourite from Q+A's night cream offerings, this moisturiser uses chamomile to soothe your skin, while bisabolol combats inflammation, ageing and hyperpigmentation. This is the perfect cream if your skin gets stressed out during the colder months.
Another drugstore favourite known for their dermatologically-tested products, Cetaphil offer this super rich night cream that anyone with sensitive skin will love. If you've got super dry skin, this moisturiser will repair your skin's natural barrier in just a week. Sweet almond oil nourishes, while niacinamide, panthenol and vitamin E offer even more hydration for up to 48 hours.
Promising to replace overnight what the day takes out of your skin, this Weleda night cream uses organic iris root for moisture balance and chamomile and calendula to soothe your skin. A gentle blend of essential oils help lull you to sleep, ensuring you wake up feeling revived with skin that looks totally regenerated.
Written by Rebecca Jenkinson
Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.