Day vs. Night Crème

Confessions - Day vs. Night Crème

I use to get overwhelmed when I walk into a skincare/beauty store, or an online store. There are so many crèmes for your face. So many skin types, so many oils, use this, this is better, etc. It’s overwhelming and I end up just leaving and not solving the problem I went in for in the first place. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a very big makeup bag. 

I started doing my own research. I don’t want to have to put on 18 different products on my face, twice a day. I’m a busy woman. I like to do my makeup in 10 minutes, or maybe 15 minutes. Still, I haven’t perfected it, but I am narrowing it down.

The shocking truth is that not all crèmes do the same thing! What!!! I know, shocking truth. With there are many, many, many different types of crèmes, I’m going to go over the basics of day and night crèmes.

Let’s start with the day crème.

  • Day crème moisturises aims to moisturise your skin. If you have really dry skin, you can purchase ‘extra’ moisturiser in your day crème.
  • During the day our skin is exposed to UV rays, pollution, environmental factors and makeup. Crèmes used for day tie are designed to protect your skin from those factors.
  • Some of these crèmes have SPF to protect your skin from the sun, antioxidants, caffeine and are designed to wear under your makeup.
  • A lot of day crèmes are light, non-greasy, absorb quickly and allow your pores to breath.


Night crème is formulated a little differently.

  • Nighttime is when the skin does it’s heavy lifting so to speak. Like the rest of the body, skin repairs it’s self, restoring and regenerating.
  • Night crèmes tend to focus on moisturising and recovery, they also tend to contain slow absorbing moisturiser to penetrate the skin over several hours.
  • Since it’s night time, we don’t have to worry about the sun, and tend to have a higher concentrate of antiaging compounds.
  • While day crème tends to be light, night crèmes are much thicker, heavier and richer.


To sum up the different between these two, it’s their ingredients and how they act, what they do for your skin. Day crème moisturiser and prevents tanning/burning from the sun. While night time helps manage the early signs of ageing and repairs your skin at night.


Do we really need both day and night crème?

It’s a good idea to have both day and night crème. Both crèmes do different things for your skin. However, if you’re just looking for a particular aspect then do your research, talk to a dermatologist, see what is best for you.


Although, if I were stranded on an island and could only bring one crème with me, I would bring the day time. A little SPF goes a long way, in my opinion.

We expect our moisturisers to do A LOT for us hydrate, brighten, soothe, mattify, plump, smooth, tighten, repair, etc.  I highly recommend doing your own research targeted towards your skin type. What do you want out of your skin?




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