Most of us would classify ourselves as upstanding, rule-following citizens. So, if you present us with day and night cream options, we will follow them. But... what if we didn't really need to? Obviously, we wouldn't use straight-up sunscreen at night (unless we wanted our pillowcases to get some extra sun protection).
Find out below whether there are really benefits to using a separate day and night cream — or whether skin is better off with a more streamlined approach.
Do You Really Need Separate Creams?
The short answer is: It depends. Depending on the type of cream and ingredients, you don't necessarily have to have a separate day and night cream. But, there are certain ingredients like sunscreen, for example, that you don't need at night. More factors to consider are the other products in your skin care routine as well as your skin's needs.
Consistency and Ingredients
In general, day creams tend to have a light consistency so they can be layered under makeup and they might include a SPF to protect against UV rays. For the record, if you've been following me for a while, you know SPF in a moisturiser is not enough! You should be using a topical SPF on top of your moisturiser.
Back to it... night creams, on the other hand, have no sunscreen and might be thicker and more emollient or moisturising.
Consistency and viscosity changes are solely for aesthetic reasons. For instance, a lighter day cream won't interfere with applying makeup or feel heavy on your skin.