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Do You Really Need a Night Cream?

The short answer—if it’s glowing, supple, healthy-looking skin you’re after—is yes. Use the right one before bed and you’ll wake up to radiant, moisturized, fresh-looking skin that needs less (or no) makeup, feels great all day, and in many cases, will have people demanding, “What are you using on your skin?”

Night creams are typically made with high concentrations of active ingredients to support skin while you sleep—the interval when skin, like the rest of the body, shifts into repair mode. All the skin-reviving active ingredients, oils, and extracts can go to work unperturbed without getting broken down by sunlight or perspiration or simply getting rubbed off during the course of a day, which is another reason night creams can make such an enormous difference.

  1. 1

    Peptide Cream with over fifty active ingredients

    Macrene Actives High Performance Face Cream
    MACRENE actives High Performance Face Cream goop, $225
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  2. 2

    Hydrating Mask for All Skin Types

    Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask
    Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask goop, $120
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  3. 3

    Multipurpose Moisturizer for Normal and Dry Skin

    Mukti Marigold Hydrating Crème
    Mukti Marigold Hydrating Crème goop, $62
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  4. 4

    Youth-Boosting Treatment for Dull Skin

    Lavido Age Away Night Cream
    Lavido Age Away Night Cream goop, $49
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Night creams help plump fine lines, firm, and improve your complexion because they’re often made with high levels of emollients to deeply nourish skin. When your skin is dry, it doesn’t just look and feel bad; the lack of moisture can actually affect collagen production. Night creams drench skin with moisture and, in doing so, help keep skin feeling firm.

Note: It’s important to go clean with night cream to avoid potential toxic ingredients and endocrine disruptors, as well as petroleum and the silicones often found in conventional moisturizers that create the feeling of hydration but have no real skin benefit.

Bonus: The Best Way to Maximize Night Cream

Exfoliate. This helps any skin care sink into skin to do its work. Once a week, the GOOPGLOW Overnight Glow Peel dissolves dirt and oil with glycolic acid and fruit extracts, leaving skin smoother, brighter, and ready to drink up whatever you smooth on the next day.

  1. For Normal Skin: 15% Glycolic Acid

    GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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  2. For Sensitive Skin: 5% Glycolic Acid

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 5% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel Light
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 5% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel Light goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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