Your mother was right: You do need your beauty sleep. But it’s not just the total amount of good quality shut-eye that matters. What mom may not have known is that you can actually maximize the beauty benefits of sleep by using the right cream on your face while you’re snoozing. Slather on a high-quality night cream before slipping under the covers, and over time you may end up with a smoother, clearer, and more radiant complexion.
Night creams can be helpful because your skin naturally repairs itself while you sleep. That’s when the metabolic activity of the skin’s cells is at its peak, so using a night cream with beneficial ingredients can enhance the skin’s natural repair process during the night shift.
The key is to choose products that have the right active ingredients. Some night creams are really just expensive moisturizers that don’t provide much in the way of added benefits. Among the active ingredients that work best at night are:
Apply a night cream after washing your face and before climbing into bed. But don’t expect to see miraculous results overnight. Be patient! With regular use, you may start to see benefits from a night cream in about eight weeks.