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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day cream and night cream: What’s the difference?

A lot of people use facial creams every morning and night, to maintain a healthy skin.  Very often people use a different facial cream for the day-time and for night-time, these creams are commonly referred to as day creams and night creams.

One of the main differences between day creams and night creams is that, most day creams contain SPF to protect the skin from UV rays, whereas night creams don’t have such ingredients.  There would be no point in applying a cream containing SPF at night.

On the one hand, day cream has active ingredients that protect and replenish the skin throughout the day; while on the other hand, night cream revitalises and restores the skin.  Night creams contain more nutrients and vitamins than day creams; this is because the body absorbs more during the night.

Night creams usually contain more emollient, hydrating and moisturising ingredients.  These formulations work fine at night, but they may appear greasy if applied during the day.  Day creams have a lighter consistency and this helps the pores breathe properly.  Besides from protecting the skin from UV rays, day creams also protect the skin from other environmental factors, namely; pollution, cold, heat and wind.


If you want just one cream that can be used both day and night, then opt for a non-SPF light weight moisturising cream that can be applied with a sunscreen during the day and without at night.

Do you use one facial cream or two (day cream and night cream)?


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1 comment:

  1. i use one. Its not for a specific time of day. Its from Cetaphil and its the one that says all skin types. I have really bad combination skin. sooo yeah


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