PSA: This Is the Best Night Cream to Use in Your 30s
Aside from leading a healthy lifestyle, one of the best things you can do to ensure healthy, youthful-looking skin in the future is to practice a solid skincare routine. You have your cleanser, toner, serums, and daily moisturisers. Maybe you apply a face mask a couple times a week. Good right? Well, you might be missing an extra anti-ageing step: night cream.
Not only will night cream moisturise (and thus plump and enliven skin), it also steadily delivers nourishing and anti-ageing ingredients to the vulnerable outer layers. Take it from aesthetician Sandra Velandia. "Once we hit 30, our skin begins to lose collagen production, and the cell's ability to renew weakens, so it is critical to treat the skin during a time where it is calm, at rest, and not open to any factors that may aggravate it," she says. This is why using good-for-skin ingredients at night is key. "While the skin is at rest, we are not exposed to the sun or free radicals, and the skin can effectively absorb products that are designed to target these areas of concern." Keep reading to see the best night creams to use in your 30s.
ROC Deep Wrinkle Retinol Night Cream ($30)
This drugstore-friendly option "has a high degree of retinol and works like Retin-A without the irritation," Green says. She notes that it's also incredibly important to use eye creams (she likes SkinMedica Uplifting Eye serum $60 as well as Estée Lauder Time Zone Eye Cream $62) and wear sunglasses, so you're not habitually squinting your eyes, as this can cause deep wrinkles to form as you age.
iS Clinical Youth Instensive Creme ($244)
Charlene DeHaven, MD, is iS Clinical's clinical director. She recommends this intense moisturiser for use as a night cream since it offers "improvements in hydration, firmness, tone, and texture." She references a clinical trial that showed results within 24 hours. These results increased as the trial went on. "Key ingredients include barrier protectants, humectants, vitamins, antioxidants, growth factors, exfoliants, and healing agents," she says.
iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion ($112)
DeHaven also recommends this iS Clinical pick since it "gives improvements in hydration, repairs the skin barrier, and fortifies skin metabolism for the future." Key ingredients include humectants, antioxidants, barrier protectants, and even DNA protectants.
The moral of the story is that prevention is key. Take it from DeHaven. "Although 30-year-old skin is aging on a cellular level, visible changes of aging do not usually appear until years later. Protection of metabolic and cellular processes in the 30s is key and can delay the visual appearance of aging. For the healthiest and most beautiful skin in the 30s that carries over into older years, preventive strategies must begin now."
Skin Medica Dermal Repair Cream ($220)
Dermatologist Michele Green calls this super-moisturising product her "favourite" since "it combines vitamin C, E, hyaluronic acid and fatty acids," to create an all around anti-aging formula. "These products are best to use when you are young to prevent the effects of sun damage, pollution, and aging effects on the skin," she says.
Next up, read about the best anti-ageing serums, both under and over $50.