Night cream is probably one of those beauty products that’s on every woman’s bathroom shelf. Who doesn’t love the idea of slathering your face, neck and chest with a treatment that promises to repair or roll back a lot of the damage your skin takes every day?
We asked three top skincare experts on RealSelf for their favorite picks for night creams, serums and treatments. With recommendations at every price point, from under $20 to over $50, there is a night cream here that should fit most needs: Dryness, flakiness, redness, acne and more.
Here are 13 of their favorite products:
Dr. David Shafer, a plastic surgeon in New York City, loves the drugstore staple Cetaphil for its powerhouse ingredient hyaluronic acid. “This is a very basic night cream to keep your skin hydrated,” he says.
Cetaphil is also a fave with Dr. Reuel Aspacio, a dermatologist in Las Vegas. “This is a great product at this price point,” he says. “Not only is it a silky smooth, it’s lightweight and non-greasy. A little goes a long way with Cetaphil’s hydrating night cream.”
“This product contains hyaluronic acid as well to help maintain your skin’s natural barrier and moisture,” says Dr. Aspacio. “It works great with all skin types, from acne-prone to aged sensitive skin.”
This “melting moisturizer” promises to moisturize and soothe irritated skin.
“For those who require more moisture at night or experience skin sensitivities, this gentle cream provides extra hydration,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger, a dermatologic surgeon from Omaha, Nebraska. “With only two ingredients, petrolatum and paraffin, it calms redness while enhancing the body’s natural healing process.
Acne sufferers used to have to get a prescription to get their hands on the pimple-fighting Differin. No more. Differin was FDA approved as an OTC retinoid for acne in 2016. “A once-daily application at night helps keep pimples away and also helps restore skin,” says Dr. Shafer.
“This overnight treatment contains 2 percent salicylic acid and tea tree oil to address acne while you sleep,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “Its lightweight cream formulation absorbs quickly, and reduces redness, breakouts and pore congestion by morning.”
“Everyone can benefit from its combination of ingredients helping to moisturize the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” says Dr. Aspacio. “Also, it promotes collagen production.”
Leave-on night masks can sometimes be the new miracle workers. Better than a night cream alone, this one is filled with restorative ingredients like retinol, peptides and hyaluronic acid. “It provides dry skin everything it needs to rejuvenate after a long day,” says Dr. Schlessinger.
Plant extracts and vitamin C combine forces to combat concerns like wrinkles and skin laxity. “By providing 24 hours of hydration, skin continues to benefit even after you wake up the next day,” says Dr. Schlessinger.
$50 and $72
Hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and able to work for all skin types, Dr. Aspacio loves Obagi’s night treatments.
“Spending a little more really pays off when you are talking about one of the best lines on the market, Obagi,” says Dr. Aspacio. “Great night creams that provide instant, long-lasting hydration for essential moisturization and rejuvenation, using innovative technologies and naturally derived ingredients.”
This overnight treatment claims to support elasticity and improve signs of aging, featuring a Biomimetic Ceramide Complex to enhance the skin’s nightly repair process. “The antioxidant benefits of green tea polyphenols strengthen skin while Swiss apple stem cells tighten the complexion,” says Dr. Schlessinger.
Dr. Shafer is a fan of this Elizabeth Arden product for its proprietary ingredient, idebenone, a powerful antioxidant the company claims helps protect you from environmental stressors like pollution and smoke. They claim that it also outperforms other antioxidants like vitamins C and E when it comes to oxidative stress.
Dr. Shafer picked this higher-end product because it combines both growth factors and corrective complex. “SkinMedica’s groundbreaking research resulted in a formula comprised of naturally occurring growth factors (proteins), cytokines, antioxidants and matrix proteins that are responsible for repairing and healing the skin, and naturally boost the skin’s ability to rejuvenate itself,” he says.
Ready to learn more about what’s right for your skin? Contact a doctor today.