Day vs. Night Moisturizer: Do You REALLY Need Both?
We expect our moisturizers to do quite a lot for us: hydrate, brighten, soothe, mattify, plump, smooth, tighten…the list goes on. When it comes to the difference between our AM and PM lotions, however, we hesitate. Sure, the benefits they promise sound appealing, but is it really necessary to have two (or three, or four…) different types if one can do the job just as well? We spoke with Los Angeles dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu and asked her stance on the great moisturizer debate.
Click through the slideshow above to find out if you really need two different kinds of moisturizers, plus Wu’s best moisturizer picks!
Wu says there are two key characteristics that separate day from nighttime moisturizers. “Daytime moisturizers have SPF to protect you from UV rays when you’re walking around outside,” she says. “They also tend to be more lightweight, so you can put makeup on without feeling greasy or looking shiny.”
Simply put, yes. “It’s a good idea to wear a product with SPF during the day if you’re going to be outside, or even if you’re indoors but near a window with sunlight streaming through,” says Wu. “Many of my patients prefer using different products for day and night because they want the benefits of different ingredients. For example, someone might choose to use an antioxidant moisturizer in the morning and a product with retinoids at night.”
Wearing a moisturizer with SPF during the day will also help prevent dark spots and skin discoloration, as well as slow down the development of wrinkles. Aesthetic reasons aside, SPF also has another important purpose: protecting you from skin cancer.
Roc’s Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($23) has retinol, which boosts collagen production.
Korres’ Wild Rose 24-Hr Moisturizing & Brightening Cream ($35) is made with wild rose oil, a natural source of Vitamin C.
Boscia’s Self Defense Vital Antioxidant Moisture SPF 30 ($36) features eight antioxidants and is incredibly lightweight.
Dr. Jessica Wu's Cosmeceuticals Anti Aging Sun Care ($75) is made with Chinese botanicals and zinc oxide to protect sensitive skin.
Do you use a separate moisturizer for day and night? Tell us in the comments!