The Difference Between a "Day" and "Night" Moisturiser


by Angelina Wu ,

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Do you really need different moisturisers for daytime and nighttime? We'll break down the answer in this blog post!

By now, you should know the importance of moisturising for healthy, glowing skin. But the confusion begins when you're browsing at the skin care aisle, and seeing moisturisers being marked as a "day" or "night" cream. While the benefits sounds different and appealing (like a donut vs a cronut), is this all just a clever marketing ploy to make us buy the same thing twice?

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The Ideal Dayttime Moisturiser

The two characteristics that separates day from nighttime moisturisers is the presence of SPF and its lightweight texture. A daytime moisturiser is normally designed to sit comfortably under your makeup, and make sure you don't look too greasy or shiny. This is why many daytime moisturisers like the Son & Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow are also recommended to be used as a primer.

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In terms of ingredients, they're normally filled with antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E or green tea extracts. These ingredients will help protect your skin against external stressors like pollution and UV damage when you're out and about. One of our favourite daytime moisturiser is the Benton Deep Green Tea Lotion, which absorbs beautifully into the skin, and is loaded with green tea and Vitamin E.

The Ideal Nighttime Moisturiser

Again, there are two things that sets them apart: A night cream has a thicker texture, and comes with extra anti-ageing benefits. The reason why popular anti-ageing ingredients like retinol and glycolic acid are normally present only in night creams is simply because they can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Of course, you can still wear them during the day with no problems at all (as long as you have a good sunscreen), but they’re best used at night when your skin is doing majority of its cell repairing process.

If you want to take it to the next level, you can also use a sleeping pack as your nighttime moisturiser. The J.One Black Jelly Pack is a sleeping mask fortified with a cocktail of reparative, revitalising extracts to protect the skin and fight off wrinkles.

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So... do I need two different moisturisers?

Many people might choose to use different products for day and night so that they can maximise the benefits of different ingredients. A smart way Neogen has done this is by creating a day and night moisturiser packed into one convenient tub (hello Vita Duo Cream Joan Day Joan Night!).

However, at the end of the day, skin care is all about knowing your own skin and having fun, so if you've found a moisturiser that works both dayttime and nighttime for you, don't worry too much about these "rules"! 

Do you use two separate moisturisers in the day and night?


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