I mocked the idea of a night cream at first. "Why would someone need a separate tray of moisturizer for the PM hours?" I have often asked myself. When I finally tried one at the age of 18, I was thrilled with the results. Night creams are good for your beauty sleep – literally. Not only can a night cream moisturize and soothe the skin after a full day, but it can also help repair the skin by increasing cell turnover.
"The skin may lose water during sleep, making the right night cream a barrier to moisture loss," says dermatologist Dendy Engleman of Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in New York City. "The regeneration of the skin is at its peak between 2 and 2 in the morning, so this is the best time to support the skin repair."
The main ingredients to look for in a night cream often include retinol to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, along with peptides that support collagen production. However, with hundreds of formulas at different prices, finding the right night cream for your skin care needs can be confusing. So I asked dermatologists to consider their top selection, and these are their six choices.