Day vs Night Cream – what is the difference?


We expect our moisturisers to do so much – hydrate, plump, protect, minimise wrinkles, and so much more, especially in the Australian conditions. Should we also expect our moisturiser to carry us from day to night? Can one moisturiser do it all, and do we need to use separate day and night creams? To answer this question, we need to look at the functionality of both.


Day Creams


Day Creams are formulated to protect your skin against the aggressors it meets every day – things like UV rays, environmental aggressors, and pollution. Most Day Creams will have a SPF to protect your skin whilst you are out and about, and are light weight – designed to absorb quickly, and be worn under makeup. Look for a day moisturiser with a SPF 15 or above, to ensure skin is protected. Some of the Day Creams worth a try are:



Nivea Anti-Wrinkle Q10 plus Day Cream SPF15

A great everyday day cream, Nivea Anti-Wrinkle Q10 plus Day Cream increases your skin’s own Q10 and Creatine levels to help fight wrinkles from within. Wrinkles are reduced in appearance, and the formula helps prevent new ones appearing. The formula contains SPF15, which offers UVA protection, and helps protect skin against future sun damage. Suitable for all skin types – also available for combination skin (pictured). 50ml RRP $19.55.

Nutrimetics Restore Anti-Ageing Day Creme SPF 15


Nutrimetics Restore Anti-Ageing Day Creme is a rich formula that works to sooth and hydrate dry skin all day long. Containing Sauvignon Blanc, a potent antioxidant, the formula helps to diminish wrinkles and helps diminish the look of skin pigmentation when used over time. The SPF 15 helps protect your skin against future sun damage. Suitable for all skin types. 60ml RRP $64.00.

Night Creams


Night Creams by contrast, have a very different purpose. Our skins rest and recuperate overnight, so most Night Creams contain ingredients to help this process – ingredients like retinol, glycolic acids, alpha-hydroxy acids and so on. Not only do these ingredients help repair your skin, they may make it more sensitive to light, so using them over night is a much better idea. Night Creams are also typically richer in texture than Day Creams, so they can soak into your skin throughout the night, leaving your skin looking revitalised and healthy by morning. Some of the potent Night Creams worth a try are:



Endota Spa Organics™ Nourish & Repair Night Cream

Made right here in Australia, Endota Spa Organics Nourish & Repair Night Cream contains native davidson plum, which has powerful antioxidants to help support collagen production, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also containing Omega 3, 6, and 9, as well as Vitamin E, the lush scented cream works overnight to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You awaken to a smooth, renewed complexion. Suitable for all skin types. 40ml RRP $70.00.

CLINIQUE Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream


Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream is a lovely light cream-gel texture that works in with your skin’s natural night time skin repair to help boost your skin’s natural collagen support to smooth and firm your skin. Used over time, your skin appears smoother and firmer, and the skin around your jawline and cheeks more sculpted and defined. It’s suitable for use on your face, neck, and chest, and is suitable for all skin types. 50ml RRP $92.00.

Dr. Hauschka Night Serum

If you have an oilier skin, or prefer a lighter night option, then Dr. Hauschka Night Serum may be perfect for you. Used after cleansing and toning the serum is applied and left overnight, and a day cream applied the next morning. The serum contains botanical extracts in a light oil free serum to allow your skin to breathe. Organic Berner Rose Apple Blossom Extract and Apple fruit hydrosol support your skins nightly rhythm, to awaken to a fresh and balanced complexion in the morning. Suitable for all skin types – especially oily/combination skins. 25ml RRP $79.00.

A’kin Intense Hydration Day & Night Cream


If your skin is super dehydrated, or sensitive, this brilliant cream contains powerful antioxidants to nourish and calm dry and sensitive skin. The rich formula makes this a great night cream, however it is also suitable for the day (just remember to put sunscreen on afterwards – this one does not contain a SPF). Hydrating ingredients organic shea butter, avocado, olive, jojoba, and aloe are combined with vitamins A, B5, E, rosehip oil, and Omegas 3, 6, and 9, to make a wonderfully hydrating and calming moisturiser for even the driest and sensitive skins. 50ml RRP $39.95.

So, now we can see that there is quote a difference between Day and Night Creams – should you use both? The answer is yes, especially as our skins age and we need the specialised treatment these creams provide. If at a push, you can only use one (on an overnight trip, or a weekend away where space in your bag is limited perhaps), opt for the Day Cream, with SPF, because your skin should always be protected from the sun!





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