Q. What’s the difference between day cream and night cream? How do I know which one is best for my skin?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
The difference between day cream and night cream is fairly simple. Day cream is designed to provide hydration and antioxidants to your skin throughout the day, feeding it with the nutrients it needs during waking hours. It tends to be lighter and can be applied to clean skin, under your makeup.
Night cream, on the other hand, is usually heavier and contains reparative ingredients to help skin recover from daily wear and tear. It’s applied after makeup has been removed and your face has been cleansed, just before bedtime.
I recommend choosing a day cream that includes SPF protection, such as MyChelle Daily Defense Cream SPF 17, which allows you to hydrate and protect skin in one simple step. If you’re planning to spend time outdoors, you can apply additional sunscreen for more complete protection.
For nighttime, I like MyChelle Revitalizing Night Cream, which works as you sleep to restore skin’s youthful radiance and firmness. It features ChroNOlineâ„¢ Peptide, a unique ingredient that’s been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by 16 percent in just 28 days.
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skin care industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.