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13 Night Creams for Extra-Glowy Skin

Because we take beauty sleep seriously.

By: Hannah Baxter
Styling: Meagan Wilson
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

What is a night cream? It’s a simple enough question when you think about it. Why can’t you just apply your regular moisturizer that you wear day in and day out? And in truth, you could, as long as there isn’t unnecessary SPF built in (still wear it when you’re out in the sun, though!). But in earnest, you’d be missing out on the skin-care benefits that most nighttime formulas contain, like restorative antioxidants or anti-aging ingredients that aren’t as stable under the glare of UV rays. Plus, your skin works to repair itself primarily at night, so adding a layer of active or deeply hydrating ingredients will only help you wake up looking glowy and rested. It’s worth the investment, we promise. Read more about our 13 favorite night creams below.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream, $48

Although most night creams tout a heavier texture, this cult-favorite formula from Fresh keeps it light, but still provides plenty of antioxidants to ward off damaging free radicals and oxidative stress.

SkinCeuticals Overnight Dry, $62

If your skin is desperately dry and looking dull, the added hydroxy-acid blend will gently exfoliate and hydrate while you sleep so you wake up looking radiant.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate, $110

J-beauty fanatics already know how incredible this silky-smooth moisturizer is, but for the uninitiated, prepare for the glowiest, softest skin of your life.

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream, $265

Sure, the price tag might make your jaw drop, but Professor Bader’s proprietary regenerating technology means you’ll wake up looking more luminous than you ever have before. It’s a celebrity favorite for a reason.

Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream, $58

Whiskey fans, take note—this peat isn’t quite the same as in your favorite blend. The mineral-rich extract transforms dull, tired skin overnight so your skin looks younger and smoother than when you went to sleep.

Embryolisse Artist Secret Intense Smooth Radiant Complexion, $45

French girls swear by it, and for good reason. Embryolisse is the industry secret we couldn’t bear to hide. While makeup artists love to swipe on this rich formula before makeup, it also makes a truly dreamy night cream.

Estée Lauder NightWear Plus Anti-Oxidant Night Detox Creme, $56

While Estée Lauder is known for their night repair serum, don’t overlook their antioxidant night cream. Stressed skin is soothed and deeply hydrated for happy, healthy skin by morning.

SK-II R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age Cream, $235

SK-II utilizes a Radical New Age Complex (hydrolyzed soy protein and hydrolyzed yeast protein), as well as their infamous pitera, to not only deeply hydrate your skin, but also to lessen fine lines and wrinkles. The results after one jar make the investment well worth it.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, $30

If you want deeply moisturized skin, but are also sensitive to too many actives, this Kiehl’s cream is about to be your new go-to. Olive-derived squalane keeps your skin looking bouncy and radiant from the moment you wake up.

Biologique Recherche Creme Dermopurifiant, $96

Havers of breakout-prone or oily skin, let this French skin-care staple be your new bathroom-shelf staple. The added yeast extract, centella asiatica, lavender, and vitamin C (among other active ingredients) will help reset your complexion for an otherworldly glow.

CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream, $19

If you’ve hit the wall of testing too many products at one time, or just want to reset your skin with something that won’t irritate, CeraVe is the way to go. This nourishing night cream will help your skin repair, hydrate, and wake up looking dewy.

Royal Fern Phytoactive Anti-Aging Rich Cream, $280

When you want real anti-aging results overnight, there are few luxe creams that can deliver results like this one from Royal Fern. Hydrating hyaluronic acid, restorative vitamin A, and brightening vitamin C work with plant extracts and antioxidants to halt signs of both environmental and genetic aging for 12 hours.

Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Cream, $122

When you’re concerned about skin firmness or loss of elasticity, this rich Lancôme formula has you covered. Fine lines are smoothed, skin is supple, and there won’t be a trace of dry skin in sight.

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