Are You Using The Right Night Cream For Your Skin This Season?
Posted by Stephanie Orr in Skin Care
There’s something to be said about the first sign of Winter that vigorously sets the bar for my anti ageing routine higher than ever before. From the likes of skin rescuing serums to ultra nourishing night creams, if there was ever a time my skin needed a seasonal shake up it’s now.
Switching up your skin care regime to cater to your skin’s seasonal requirements can often seem like a daunting task when faced with so many products, but out of all the mind boggling solutions available, choosing the right night cream is one of the best secrets to securing skin hydration and boosting nourishment levels whilst you sleep.
With the Winter season fast approaching and our skin cell turnover period typically lasting 6 weeks before a new product can fully begin to work, there’s never been a more important time to take charge of your Winter skin care than now!
Take Your Age Into Consideration
There’s nothing worse than using a night cream which is either too much of a heavy consistency or doesn’t fulfill your skin’s requirements.
With anti ageing prevention being one of the most talked about subjects in beauty, there’s often a common misconception that you need to throw on as many anti ageing products as possible in order to see a difference and preserve your youthful barrier, but when is the right time to start an anti ageing routine and how many products should you realistically use?
You can start an anti ageing skin care regime from your early 20’s but it’s what you put on your skin that counts. Younger skin has a higher level of oil production which can occasionally cause anti ageing creams to cause breakouts if the formulation is too heavy for the skin. If your skin is still at the younger end of the spectrum it's important to follow a simple routine and opt for a lighter consistency night cream which will help to protect your skin from any early signs of ageing without any dramatic repercussions.
I love The Body Shop’s Oil Of Life Sleeping Cream, £29 which is a great place to start from anti ageing wise especially in the Winter. You only need a small amount of this luxurious aromatic night cream which is particularly comforting with a slight warming sensation when applied. Instantly revitilising with added seed oil benefits, this is definitely one of my front runner night creams for its ability to leave skin sumptuously soft overnight, with a visibly rejuvenated glow in the morning.
What Are Your Skin Care Goals?
Taking some time to define your skin care goals is an incredibly important factor, are you at a stage where you feel your skin has lost its ‘plumpness?’ If you had the chance would you go back to a time where teenage breakouts were your main concern just so that you could relive a sense of elasticity and firmness in your skin?
It’s a well known fact that the skin loses 1% less collagen each year after the age of 30 but replacing the loss of firmness doesn't have to be a lengthy challenge. Try Olay’s 3 Point Age Defying Night Cream, £29.99 which has been designed to firm and tone skin whilst reversing signs of ageing around the eye, neck and jaw line area.
How Does Your Skin Feel?
Before I became the skin care fanatic I am today, as much as it pains me to admit this, believe it or not there was a time where I was against using a moisturiser. Shock, horror - I know! It's something I'd still rather not talk about and probably the reason my skin now goes through its dehydrated phases, but to tell you the truth I was in my teens, my skin was exceptionally oily and I honestly felt I was invincible against the use of moisturiser.
Dehydrated and oily skin tones often work quite similarly in terms of requiring a lighter consistency cream which will help to deliver an intense source of hydration without a greasy residue. Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Night Gel Cream, £7.99 is a perfect solution when you're faced with the dilemma of needing a barely there moisturiser which will also hydrate your skin overnight. Infused with Amla, Pomegranate and 15% plant serum this melt - upon - contact moisturiser couldn't be more lightweight if it tried.
Do You Need A Balm?
Strictly speaking I'm not a fan of the Winter season, but if there's one comfort I seek from the colder climate it's the indulgement of a luxury balm cream. Although balms are generally intended for a more dry to extra dry skin texture, if there's one season we can all get away with wearing a balm as an overnight treatment it's NOW! Bobbi Brown's Extra Repair Moisturising Balm, £66 is a cult classic that I still love to this day.
Pay attention to the ingredients in your night cream
I don’t know about you but when it comes to changing up my skin care regime I often find myself asking my family members or friends what they are using first before looking elsewhere, but as well all know, what might be right for your mum or best friend isn't necessarily the best option for you and this couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to skin care choices. Richer creams which contain active ingredients such a retinol or peptides should only be incorporated in a more mature anti ageing routine from the age of 30.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to start with Retionl Rodial’s Dragon's Blood Night Cream, £72 is a great choice. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Buttter, Retional and Dragons Blood from the Croton Lechleri tree, it helps to plump fine lines, restore firmness and improve collagen and elastin appearance for long lasting anti ageing protection that's even suitable for sensitive skin.