Pimp My Face – Rejuvenating Night Cream
As their name suggests, night creams are most effective when applied before you head to sleep in the evening. Thicker than ordinary moisturisers, night creams take longer to work into your skin but you’ll wake up with fresh and rejuvenated skin which makes them an important part of many people’s skin-care routines. However, recently the market for night creams has exploded with many new brands; large and small entering the market. Companies are trying harder than ever to appeal to new and more sophisticated customers by offering organic, free trade and vegan options along with others.
Day and night creams generally share many similarities; a day cream will contain ingredients designed to protect your skin from the environment and the texture will work better underneath makeup. Night creams are designed to focus on the repair and rejuvenation of the skin throughout the night and they’re usually much thicker than their day-time counterparts. The thicker the cream, the more rich and hydrating you can expect it to be.
Modern day life can be stressful on skin; dust, oil and pollution all factors combining with harsh UV rays to bring on the early signs of aging skin such as dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines, and general dull skin colour. As we grow older, collagen production in the body slows down, which can lead to sagging and wrinkled skin. A nightly application of quality night cream helps the skin feel and appear younger and anti-oxidants contained in the creams and serums offset the early signs of aging.
Signs that you should consider using a night cream:
- Your skin feels dry or patchy.
- Your skin appears worn-out and dull.
- Your skin feels stretchy and less supple.
One reoccurring ingredient in the majority of anti-aging products is retinol, also known as retinoids. Retin A was developed more than 30 years ago as an acne treatment. It’s actually a modified form of the vitamin A molecule. The term Retinoid refers to any Vitamin A based molecule, similar to saying antibiotic; there are many variations of which some will be stronger and more effective than others. Retinoids have a wide range of uses which makes it a highly regarded ingredient in the cosmetic industry to help unplug pores, even out skin discoloration, restore vibrancy to the complexion, reduce oiliness and treat skin concerns such as acne.
While most of the creams have safe levels of retinol, some creams obtained via prescription contain high levels and can be dangerous to your health if you do not follow the doctor’s instructions or take appropriate action if your skin starts to react against the creams. Signs your skin is not reacting well to the creams include; redness, burning or stinging, peeling and increased potential to burn in the sun.
When considering which night cream to use, take into consideration your age, skin type and budget. Prices range anywhere from under £10 to over £200 for the luxury creams and serums. Cosmiko offers its own rejuvenating night cream featuring nutrients including evening primrose oil and pro-vitamins B5, A and E. Paraben and sulphate free our improved night treatment cream now also contains passion fruit extract, plum extract, green tea extract, arnica oil and renowned natural anti-aging argan oil.