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Night Creams: Overnight Moisturizing Benefits

While you catch ZZZz at night, your skin goes into overdrive, completing its natural repair cycle. It is busy working overtime to repair, rejuvenate, and renew itself so that your skin is all fresh and glowing when you wake up. 

What if we told you there's a way to improve this overnight rejuvenation and make it more effective? Your nighttime skincare routine aids the process. Night creams are specially formulated to pamper your skin and help it complete this natural repair cycle.

From hydration and moisturization to targeting specific concerns, night creams give you softer, plumper, and supple skin upon waking up. This brings us to the main question :

How do you choose the best night cream for glowing skin?

How do you include it in your routine?

And what are some of the ingredients you should look out for?

Well, we will answer all of these questions and tell you everything you need to know about rejuvenating night creams.

How Do Night Creams Help in Skin Rejuvenation?

Your skin repairs and regenerates itself in the night. Here's why.

During the day, your skin is in protection mode. The skin cells work tirelessly to protect themselves from harsh UV rays and damage from free radicals. Now, when the sun goes down, the skin shifts its gears. It switches from protection to repair and regeneration mode. It works to repair the damage it has experienced in the day and support the renewal of cells. 

Rejuvenating Night Cream

It is believed that the hours between 9 pm and 11 pm are the prelude to sleep. Between these hours, your skin can absorb topical creams the best. These hours are also when your DNA repair is boosted. 

Furthermore, the release of your body's sleep hormone, Melatonin, increases before you fall asleep. It has antioxidant properties and helps with anti-aging. Another hormone's production kicks in at night — Human Growth Hormone. This particular hormone is responsible for skin cell repair and regeneration.

Experts say our cell production can double between 11 pm and 4 am. And if you are in a deep sleep, then you can expect the cell production to be 3x between 2 am and 4 am. Interesting, isn't it?

Another reason why night is a great time to pamper your skin is because of the temperature. Warmer temperatures at night increase the skin's ability to absorb products. Hold on! There's another side of the coin as well. You also tend to lose a lot of moisture at night. This is where your night creams come into the picture and save the night for you. 

Let's look at it more closely in the next section.

Understanding Rejuvenating Night Creams

Night creams are special products that are formulated specifically for your nighttime skincare routine. These creams are designed with unique ingredients tailored to take advantage of the skin's natural regenerative processes during sleep. Here's what makes a night face cream unique:

  • Night creams are usually thicker and more nourishing than day creams. They contain higher concentrations of active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, peptides, vitamins, and antioxidants. 
  • These creams are heavily focused on repairing and replenishing the skin, aiding cell turnover and collagen production.
  • They also address skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven texture.
  • They're formulated to slowly absorb into the skin throughout the night. As a result, they deliver sustained hydration and allow the active ingredients to work more effectively. 

Now, let's look at how they differ from day creams.

Day Creams

Night Creams 

Prioritize factors like sun protection, lightweight texture, and quick absorption. 

Focus on repair, hydration, and nourishment with richer textures. 

They contain SPF and lighter formulations suitable for makeup application. 

They contain higher concentrations of active ingredients.

Myths Surrounding Night Creams

When it comes to night cream for oily skin or any other skin type for that matter, several myths surround the topic. Let's debunk some of them right away!

Myth 1: They're Too Heavy for Oily Skin

Yes, night creams are richer in texture and formulations, but you always have an alternative. Lightweight formulations for oily and acne skin types provide hydration without feeling heavy or causing breakouts.

Myth 2: They're Only for Mature Skin

Night face creams are suitable for skin of all ages. They aid in preventive care for younger skin by promoting overall skin health and hydration and combating early signs of aging.

Myth 3: They're Just Moisturizers

Night face creams go beyond basic moisturization. They contain specialized ingredients that target specific skin concerns and work together with the skin's repair cycle during sleep.

Benefits of Rejuvenating Night Creams

Now that we've understood how rejuvenating night creams work, it's time to reveal their benefits. Here's a quick rundown!

Deep Hydration and Moisture Retention

Rejuvenating night creams are powerhouse moisturizers that deliver deep hydration to the skin. They contain active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides that work overnight to penetrate the skin deeply, locking in moisture. This helps prevent dryness and keeps the skin supple, plump, and hydrated.

Promotion of Collagen Production

Collagen is an important protein responsible for skin elasticity and firmness. However, it naturally depletes with age due to various reasons. Night creams are infused with ingredients like retinol, peptides, or vitamin C that stimulate collagen production. Regular use of these creams helps in the following:

  • Maintaining skin suppleness
  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Promoting a more youthful complexion

Targeting Specific Skin Concerns 

One of the best advantages of rejuvenating night creams is their ability to target specific skin concerns. Whether addressing pigmentation, uneven skin tone, acne scars, or fine lines, these creams are formulated with active ingredients that work on these issues while you sleep. For instance,

  • Retinoids stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it helps fade hyperpigmentation and even tone the skin.
  • Hyaluronic acid attracts and retains moisture. Plus, it keeps the skin supple by improving its elasticity.
  • Peptides signal collagen production and help repair damaged cells.
  • Vitamin C fades dark spots and evens the skin tone.
  • AHAs and BHAs even the skin tone through gentle exfoliation and minimize the appearance of pores.
  • Niacinamide improves the skin barrier and regulates oil production.

Enhanced Cell Turnover and Skin Renewal

Nighttime is when the skin's natural renewal process is in full swing. Rejuvenating night creams aid in accelerating this process by boosting cell turnover. 

Ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells. This, in turn, promotes the growth of new, healthier skin cells. Result? Smoother, radiant complexion.

How To Choose the Best Night Cream

Selecting the best night cream requires you to understand two things:

  • Your skin type
  • Your skin's need

Once you figure these two things out, the next step is to look for certain ingredients. These include:

  • Hyaluronic acid and retinoids for hydration and anti-aging needs
  • Niacinamide and Vitamin C for even skin tone and fading hyperpigmentation
  • Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid for acne-prone or oily skin
  • Ceramides and peptides for sensitive or dry skin

Besides this, you need to take care of the formulation and the texture. For instance,

  • Go in with a heavy, rich night cream for dry skin, but lightweight or gel-based options will work best if you have oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Make sure your night face cream is non-comedogenic and oil-free if you have an oily or acne skin type.
  • You will need two-night creams if you have a combination skin type. One that addresses your dry areas and the other one that regulates oil production in your oily area.
  • Similarly, look for fragrance-free and hypoallergenic night face cream to take care of your sensitive skin. 
  • Finally, if you have mature skin, the best night cream for you is full of retinoids, peptides, or vitamin C.

How To Incorporate Night Creams into Your Skincare Routine

Including night creams in your routine requires thought and consideration. You have to ensure that your evening skincare follows the right steps to get optimal results from the best night cream. Here's a glimpse of what your nighttime skincare routine should look like:


Start by washing off all the day's makeup, SPF, and dirt. Follow the popular Japanese tradition of double cleansing for this. It uses two types of cleansers, oil and water-based, to thoroughly remove all the impurities. 

Purifying Cleanser

You can opt for a gentle hydrating and purifying cleanser like ILEM JAPAN's Purifying Cleanser for this step.


Next, remove all the dead skin and even your skin's texture by gently exfoliating it. Choose a formula with soft beads to exfoliate and hydrate your skin at the time. Remember, it shouldn't strip your skin of its natural oils. 

Face and Body Scrub

You can opt for ILEM JAPAN's Face and Body Scrub for this step.


Quickly move in with a toner to give your skin a quick boost of hydration. It's like prepping your skin to absorb all the goodness your products offer.

Hydrating Toner

We recommend trying out a Balancing Toner if you have dry skin and want hydrating skin. 

Natural Toner
If you are looking to make your skin healthier and want to get rid of impurities then opt for this Soothing Toner from ILEM JAPAN.


Apply any targeted serums addressing specific concerns like pigmentation, acne, or fine lines. Pat these products gently onto the skin, allowing them to absorb before applying the night cream. A Hydrating Serum would work best if you are dealing with dry skin. 

Hydrating Serum

This serum helps in moisturizing the skin with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Marula Oil, and Tangerine Peel Extract. However, if your goal is radiant skin, consider a Brightening Serum.

Brightening Serum
This brightening serum from ILEM JAPAN is equipped with Vitamin C that helps you tackle hyperpigmentation and a lot of other issues.

Eye Care

Don't forget the delicate skin around your eyes. They are usually the first to show early signs of aging. So go in with a Nourishing Eye Cream and apply it carefully with your index finger. It is equipped with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Sake. 

Eye Cream
If you want to get plump skin and hydrate your skin with natural ingredients then you should opt for Smoothing Eye Cream
Under Eye Cream
It consists of Alpine Rose stem cells and Sake that help in nourishing and firming your skin.

Rejuvenating Night Cream

And here's the goldmine. Take a pea-sized amount of your chosen rejuvenating night cream and warm it between your fingers. Gently massage it onto your face and neck using upward, circular motions. 

Night Cream

Our Rejuvenating Night Gel is formulated with Bulgarian Damask Rose Stem Cells, Evening Primrose Seed Extract, and Japanese Plum Extract for a relaxing experience. The best part is that it is suitable for all skin types. Furthermore, the unique gel-like-jelly texture makes it easier to apply and absorb.

Tips for Nighttime Skincare Routine

There's a lot that's been said about the magic of a good night face cream. But do you know what it all boils down to?

  • Consistency 
  • Patience 
  • Gradual introduction of products 

Another key point to remember is that less is more. While layering products increases their effectiveness, we shouldn't overload our skin with too many active ingredients. So how do you do that? By carefully choosing your product combination. 

While it may initially seem challenging, ILEM JAPAN makes it easier with its 2 nighttime bento bundles — Refreshing Yoru Bento and Hydrating Yoru Bento

These bento bundles are specially curated with common skin concerns in mind. Moreover, special focus is given to the balance of the ingredients in their products and within these products in the box. This ensures that all products work in harmony to pamper your skin.

Get Radiant Skin with Rejuvenating Night Cream

The best night cream makes your skin go from 1 to 100 quickly. Think of baby-soft skin that radiates from within. And the best part? It goes beyond just hydration. It repairs and renews, supporting your skin's natural process. Consider your night cream as an investment with multiple benefits. Looks like a good deal to us! 

FAQs about Night Creams

Is it important to use a night cream?

Night creams help your skin repair and rejuvenate itself faster and better. It increases the cell turnover and repairs the damage caused during the day. Although it is not mandatory, it is suggested for good long-term skin health. 

Can I use the same cream for day and night?

It is not wise to use the same cream. Day creams are focused on protection and defense, while night creams are focused on repair. As a result, they differ in their textures and hero ingredients. Using a specific night cream is recommended for optimal results.

I have oily skin; should I skip night creams?

Of course not. Instead of using a rich, thick night cream, opt for a lightweight or gel-like one. It will give you all the benefits without adversely affecting your skin. 

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