6 of the best night creams

Too tired to dedicate more than two minutes to an evening beauty routine? Leave it to these creams, says VICTORIA CRAWFORD


In a perfect world, we would have 20 minutes each night to spend sitting at our dressing tables in a silk robe while slathering on layers of skin-plumping and revitalizing lotions and potions. While this is not always a reality, there is definitely something to be said for carving out a few minutes in your evening to care for your skin. If you must forgo the layers and use only one product, make it one that repairs, hydrates and brightens while you sleep. But which night cream is the best one for you?

BEST FOR DRY, SENSITIVE SKIN La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

This cream has been a skincare failsafe among beauty editors for years – and for good reason. When it comes to achieving that sumptuously nourished and cocooned feeling, it remains unrivalled. With La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth ingredient, this cream helps rehydrate and soothe dry, sensitive skin, while never feeling heavy or cloying. For particularly dry patches, press an extra layer onto the area for a double dose of hydration.

BEST FOR WORKING DOUBLE DUTY Noble Panacea The Brilliant Overnight Recharge Cream

It’s no secret that targeted skincare works particularly well overnight during skin’s repairing phase – so, come morning, your complexion looks refreshed and rested (even if you aren’t). However, this mineral-rich Brilliant Overnight Recharge Cream puts in a double shift to jump-start cell turnover and collagen production with its potent antioxidant cocktail of kelp and gotu kola.

BEST FOR SUNDAY SELF-CARE 111Skin Meso Infusion Overnight Clinical Mask

Whether you have an important engagement or simply want to set your skin up for the week ahead, this is a product everyone should have in their beauty arsenal. With the help of two powerhouse ingredients, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, you can expect to wake up with brighter, plumper, firmer skin. Plus, you can forgo your usual serums and press this mask directly on to freshly cleansed skin about 30 minutes before going to bed.

BEST FOR A NATURE-BASED BOOST Seed to Skin The Midnight Miracle

Yes, it’s all natural, but it’s backed up by great science, so it really does deliver. Ideal for treating super-dry skin after traveling, this oil has been formulated with vitamins C and E, plus calming essential oils, and it’s brilliant as a quick two-second booster – just add one or two drops to your usual night cream. Alternatively, massage a few drops into cleansed skin and wear on its own for a regular overnight treatment.

BEST FOR BLEMISH-PRONE SKIN Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream

If your skin is on the oilier side, you might be inclined to skip creams in favor of lighter textures. But as fall approaches and temperatures start to dip, it’s important to prevent your skin from drying out. If this happens, your natural oil production switches up a gear and you’re more likely to break out. Enter this genius cream from Dr. Barbara Sturm. While balloon vine and sunflower help to soothe and nourish your skin, zinc ensures blemishes are kept at bay.

BEST FOR PLUMPING AND FIRMING Dr. Sebagh Supreme Night Secret

Working with your skin’s natural body clock, this cream is one of those products you’ll use for a week and then wonder how you ever survived without it. While the formula is brimming with nourishing oils and antioxidants, the rich, velvety texture leaves skin feeling soft and supple rather than greasy. This cream really is the next best thing to booking an appointment at Dr. Sebagh’s London clinic.

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