Night creams: Uses, benefits, and application


Skin is the first part of the body that comes in contact with the environment outside. Therefore, whether it’s dust, dirt, or oil, all of it attacks your skin first, and that’s precisely why it needs a lot of care and nourishment. In other words, you need to nourish and look after your skin constantly. Along with daytime, it’s equally crucial to maintain a nighttime skincare routine. It may not necessarily have to be an elaborate one but a simple routine to help repair and maintain healthy skin. We’ll be discussing one of the heroes of this skincare routine – night creams, their uses, benefits and application.


Do You Really Need to Start Using Night Creams?

Your skin needs the most care during the night because this is when it replenishes, repairs and nourishes itself. Night creams have natural oils and other essential nutrients that help revive and nurture the skin. Especially when you’re particular about having healthy and glowing skin, it is necessary to take care of your skin even at night. These creams have ingredients that help overcome all the damage that the skin undergoes throughout the day.

Benefits of Using Night Creams

  • Night creams help moisturise and make your skin soft and healthy.
  • They aid in repairing your skin as it has to constantly face issues such as pollution, harmful ultraviolet rays, dust and dirt.
  • The presence of essential nutrients aids in addressing your skin issues.
  • They help boost collagen and prevent wrinkles as well as fine lines.
  • Using night creams can ensure that your skin is better prepared for the next day.
  • Your skin turns firm and glowing.
  • They make your skin even-toned and enhance blood circulation.

 How to Choose Night Creams?

With several options, it tends to get confusing to choose the right night cream. However, you can look for night creams with antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E. These can be useful to maintain supple skin and fight free radicals to ensure younger-looking and beautiful skin.

Additionally, pay attention to your skin type while buying a night cream. For oily skin, select a lighter texture such as gels, whereas dry skin people can opt for heavy moisturising creams. 

When Can You Start Using Night Creams?

Contrary to perceptions, night creams aren’t only for ageing skin. Regardless of age, every skin needs to repair, rehydrate and rejuvenate itself. Though there isn’t an ideal age as such, you can start using it in your 20s. 

Useful Tips To Remember While Planning to Use a Night Cream

  • These creams don’t absorb quickly into your skin; that’s why it’s essential to give it the whole night to penetrate into your skin thoroughly.
  • It is best to apply a night cream at least 10 minutes before you hit the bed. Always start with a small quantity to see how much your skin needs.
  • If your skin appears dry, you may have to use a bit more cream. However, if it’s oily, you may have to switch to a lighter version.
  • Remember to use a mild face wash or cleanser to clean your skin, and then apply your night cream.
  • If you are using a tube, it’s better to dot it on the face.
  • You have to use the five dot method to apply a night cream on your face for full coverage. Basically, you apply five dots starting from your forehead, nose, two on each cheek and one on your chin.
  • Never drag your skin up and down, be gentle and massage the skin in a circular motion using your fingertips.
  • If you’re using it for its anti-ageing properties, it’s always better to apply a good quantity on your neck as well because ageing signs such as wrinkles are most likely seen on your neck prominently.


Summing Up

Using a night cream can benefit your skin in the long run because it prepares your skin by nourishing it during the night. It is a necessary step because apart from daytime, your skin needs attention during the night too. Night creams not only make your skin look good but also keep it healthy and revitalised. If you still have issues or queries, speak to a dermatologist to help you understand the importance of nighttime skincare routine, night creams and suggesting the best one for you. 



1. Do night creams work?

It’s easy to pretend that there’s hardly any need for any night cream. However, if you understand the way your skin works and needs care, you would indeed include it. While you are asleep, your skin is at work, trying to regenerate and heal itself. Adding night creams to this routine helps heal your skin, moisturise it and speed up cell turnover.

2. Should I use night creams every night?

Yes, you can use them every night. Make sure to choose one that’s ideal for your skin.

3. Are there any side effects of using a night cream?

Usually, if you have gotten one that’s suitable for your skin type and issues, there shouldn’t be much of a problem. Though, sometimes certain ingredients may not suit everyone. Hence, they may lead to adverse reactions or allergies. In that case, immediately consult a doctor.

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Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.