Difference Between Day and Night Cream

Difference Between Day and Night Cream - Zafra

People often identify a normal day between two time segments--AM or PM. AM outfits and PM outfits. AM makeup and PM makeup. AM friends and PM friends.

Do you happen to do the same with your skincare? You know, an AM and PM skincare routine. Because yes, there SHOULD be a difference. Especially when it comes to the moisturizers you use. Think about it, why do we even see a separate cream for day and night? Are they necessary? Is there really a difference? Do both creams have separate functions? 


Active ingredients 

Your skin gets its much-needed rest at night. It goes through a repairing and regeneration process which is why feeding it with the right active ingredients is especially important at night. Night creams are chock full of active ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C which essentially help restore the damage in your skin during the day. They not only help moisturize your skin, but they also ultimately aid in recovery. As for day creams, they are usually lighter on active ingredients that can be harsh on your skin especially when it's busy and unrested during the day. 


Sun Protection 

Being out under direct sun--not to mention being exposed to pollution, environmental aggressors, stress and makeup--during daytime means you need to arm yourself with ample protection for your skin. Day creams most often contain SPF for sun damage (double-check if your go-to day cream has it), assuring you the best shield from harmful UV rays. On the other hand, SPF for night creams is practically pointless because you apply these things just right before you're all tucked in and ready to go to bed.   



If you often use makeup, you need a formula that sinks right into your skin for seamless application. Day moisturizers are usually formulated that way--notice how most of these products are labeled non-greasy or oil-free. They keep your skin's dryness at bay for the entire day while allowing it to breathe. Meanwhile, night creams have a thick consistency and a slow-absorbent formula that gradually penetrates into your skin over the course of several hours and works at a deeper level to eliminate dryness, signs of ageing and pigmentation.    

Should you really use both? 

You might think: At the end of the day, they're both just creams for moisturizing. Then again, try to reconsider that there are some significant purposes for day and night creams so it would be great to use them at the time of day they're intended for. If you use a night cream in the day, your skin will feel greasier and won’t be protected from the sun. And having day cream at night, your skin will feel nourished, but won’t get a full range of anti-aging and regenerating ingredients.


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