Our skincare routines have become so long that I've lost count of the number of products you can apply to your skin. But do we really need a day and night cream?
We've been told countless times that our skin has to be supple, dewy and glowy, and to achieve the look, we need to follow strict skincare routines and that involves a different cream during the day and another at night, but is that so?
The rationale behind having two different creams comes from the assumption that our skin functions differently at night. But skin does a lot of hard work both during the day and at night.
What is true, though, is that during the day we are exposed to UV and environmental damage during the day and as a consequence, it produces more sebum.
At night our skin is in its repair method, circulation increases while sebum production is lowered and the skin is prone to transepidermal water loss.
The function of daytime moisturizers
Most daytime moisturizers have antioxidants and to fight off free radicals and SPF -this is key.
The function of nighttime moisturizers
They are formulated to lock in hydration, thus they are more occlusive and they also contain retinoids and exfoliating acids -these are photosensitive, so they could only be used at night.
The bottom line
Your daytime moisturizer should protect your skin and your nighttime should repair your skin. But if you only have one, make sure it does not contain any exfoliating acids and always add SPF after moisturizing. If you want to know more about simplifying your skincare routine check this article!