17 Night Creams That Work Overtime for Flawless Skin in the A.M.

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The 17 Best Night Creams of 2022

Byrdie / Chloe Jeong

Even if you’re a total skincare minimalist, you should (at the very least) have two separate moisturizers in your arsenal—one for daytime and one for nighttime. According to the Cleveland Clinic, day creams with SPF and/or vitamin C are most ideal because they can protect the skin against aggressors like UV rays and free radicals. Night creams, on the other hand, get to work in the wee hours of the night to aid the skin’s natural self-repair and regeneration.

To find the best night cream for you, you’ll want to take your skin type and concerns into account. Are you dealing with acne? Fine lines and wrinkles? Dullness? Uneven tone? From there, you can choose a night cream that will help you tackle these issues while you catch some Zzz’s. The Cleveland Clinic recommends keeping an eye out for retinol, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin, AHAs as ingredients in your night cream of choice.

Don’t know where to start? You’re in luck. With those guidelines in mind, we researched the best night creams for every skin type. Peep our top picks, below.

Best Overall: Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer

4.5
alpyn beauty
What We Like
  • Boosts radiance

  • Minimizes wrinkles

  • Works well under makeup

What We Don't Like
  • Strong smell

We love the way this cream makes the skin feel plump, firm, and unmistakably brighter, which is why we’re giving it top honors. Made from plant-based ingredients, this beloved moisturizer is primed to fight signs of aging thanks to the inclusion of bakuchiol, a natural alternative to retinol that gently accelerates cell regeneration and is recommended for those with sensitive skin. Antioxidant vitamin C and squalane round out the formula’s moisturizing and brightening prowess.

Active Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, squalene, bakuchiol | Skin Type: Balanced, dry, combination, oily | Size: 1.7 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Budget: CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream

CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream

Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Non-comedogenic

  • Affordable

  • Strengthens skin barrier

What We Don't Like
  • Unhygienic container

You can count on CeraVe to deliver a night cream that’s equal parts effective and affordable. This formula is seriously moisturizing, which comes as no surprise given that it’s formulated with hyaluronic acid—a powerhouse hydrator that can hold up to 1000x its weight in water—as well as ceramides and peptides. All of this helps to replenish and strengthen the skin’s barrier for extra moisture retention and, over time, an improvement in the appearance of tired-looking skin.

Active Ingredients: Biomimetic peptides, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide | Skin Type: Mature | Size: 1.7 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Splurge: Augustinus Bader The Cream

4
AUGUSTINUS BADER THE CREAM
What We Like
  • Researched-back claims

  • Lightweight

  • Minimizes wrinkles

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

Backed by 30 years of research by Augustinus Bader, a stem cell and biomedical scientist, this cream comes with a hefty price tag but is oh-so-worth it. Packed with anti-aging and hydrating ingredients, this ultra-lightweight cream visibly decreases wrinkles and signs of environmental damage. Ever since its release, celebrities and beauty experts alike have been singing its praises and we can’t blame them. Heck, even Byrdie editors are obsessed—check out our product review here for our full verdict.

Active Ingredients: TFC8, vitamin A | Skin Type: Combination, oily, acne-prone | Size: 1.7 fluid ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

augustinus bader the cream

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What Our Testers Say

"Despite trying out many moisturizers, this was the first time I was actually noticeably shocked at the immediate difference in my skin." — Joline Buscemi, Product Tester

Runner-Up, Best Splurge: Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream Rich

Dr. Barbara Sturm Rich Face Cream

Courtesy of Nordstrom 

What We Like
  • Boosts radiance

  • Works as a day cream

  • Soothes irritation

  • Hygienic packaging

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

No, this ultra-rich cream isn't exactly pocket change, but according to Byrdie senior editor Hallie Gould, the high-end result (aka glowing skin) is well worth the splurge. Filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammation properties, this one can also play pinch-hitter and works as a day cream as well.

Active Ingredients: Purslane extract, skullcap, urea, vitamin E, panthenol, avocado oil, shea butter, grape seed oil, corn oil, olive oil, glycerine | Skin Type: Balanced, dry, combination | Size: 0.67 or 1.69 fluid ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Brightening: Epara Skincare Brightening Night Balm

Epara
What We Like
  • Boosts radiance

  • Fades hyperpigmentation

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

Hyperpigmentation can be super frustrating, but this thoughtfully formulated brightening night balm has a solution. Made of African botanicals, it targets imperfections while you sleep to help you wake up to a more even skin tone. Though it's quite the splurge, the natural ingredients and gentle formula make this luxury product worth every penny. The results? Skin that looks brighter and feels more hydrated.

Active Ingredients: Plankton extract, sweet almond oil, argan oil | Skin Type: Dry, combination | Size: 1.76 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Drugstore: RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

4
roc retinol
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Immediate results

  • Minimizes wrinkles

What We Don't Like
  • Can irritate sensitive skin

Packed with retinol—a vitamin A derivative that’s widely considered to be the gold standard anti-aging ingredient—this affordable cream can help reduce the look of lines and wrinkles while you sleep in as little as 12 weeks. The result is younger-looking skin that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Active Ingredients: Pure ROC retinol | Skin Type: All | Size: 1 fluid ounce | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

Byrdie / Leigh Weingus

What Our Testers Say

"Overall, I was very happy with RoC’s Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. On top of being affordable, it didn’t irritate my skin, and I noticed a reduction in fine lines within a week." — Leigh Weingus, Product Tester

Are you a retinol rookie? If so, we recommend starting slow since the overuse of retinol can irritate and dry out the skin. Also, be careful to only use retinol products at night as they can cause skin sensitivity to sunlight. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day to minimize the risk of irritation.

Best for All Skin Types: IT Cosmetics Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream

It Cosmetics Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream

 Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Non-comedogenic

  • Smells good

  • Boosts radiance

What We Don't Like
  • Contains fragrance

Key Ingredients

Ceramides are a part of a complex family of fats or lipids called a sphingolipid. They work to restore the skin barrier and lock in moisture.

Let your skin reap all of the benefits of a good night’s rest. Formulated with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, this cream will hydrate skin, so when you wake up, you’ll find it looking less dull and tired. It’s also mildly scented with lavender (relaxing, much) and is non-comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about clogged pores. It’s a solid choice for any and all skin types.

Active Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, adenosine, ceramides | Skin Type: All | Size: 0.47, 2, or 4 fluid ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best for Mature Skin: La Mer Crème de la Mer

3.5
Creme de la mer
Courtesy of Amazon.
What We Like
  • Soothes irritation

  • Boosts radiance

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

Honestly, the name (and iconic white jar) speak for themselves and begs little to no need for introduction. However, please let us indulge ourselves: Hands down, this ultra-rich cream is one of the best to slather on your face before you hit the sheets. You'll wake up to plump, healthy, and radiant-looking skin. And in case you're not in on the secret, the powers lie within the brand's iconic Miracle Broth, which simultaneously renews and soothes skin.

Active Ingredients: Miracle Broth, lime tea | Skin Type: Balanced, dry, combination, oily, mature | Size: 0.5, 1, 2, or 3.4 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

La Mer Crème de la Mer

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Runner-Up, Best for Mature Skin: Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen

Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen

 Courtesy of qvc

What We Like
  • Minimizes wrinkles

  • Firms skin

What We Don't Like
  • Unhygienic container

Key Ingredients

Collagen refers to a family of proteins that are the primary structural component of connective tissues, such as skin, ligaments, and cartilage.

Algenist’s vegan night cream harnesses the power of collagen and algae—specifically, alguronic acid, which is sourced from algae, and vegan collagen—to visibly minimize the appearance of fine lines, as well as strengthen the skin so it appears firmer.

Active Ingredients: Alguronic Acid, Active Vegan Collagen, ceramides, mary thistle | Skin Type: Balanced, dry, combination, oily, mature | Size: 2 fluid ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Origins High-Potency Night-a-Mins Resurfacing Cream with Fruit-Derived AHAs

Origins Night-a-Mins Resurfacing Cream with AHAs

Courtesy of Sephora

What We Like
  • Exfoliates skin

  • Boosts radiance

  • Non-greasy

What We Don't Like
  • Strong smell

Not all skin types can tolerate alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in a night cream, but most acne-prone skin types can see a ton of benefit from it. This one works to remove dead skin cells, so you can expect fresh and brighter-looking skin every morning. The acids work to improve the texture and tone of the skin as well, making this cream an excellent pick for those with acne-prone skin.

Active Ingredients: AHAs, vitamins B, C, E, H, calcium | Skin Type: Dry, combination, acne-prone | Size: 1.7 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Oily Skin: Eve Lom Time Retreat Intensive Night Cream

Eve Lom Time Retreat Intensive Night Cream

 Courtesy of Sephora

What We Like
  • Minimizes wrinkles

  • Soothes irritation

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

Key Ingredients

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in the human body. It acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes. When used in skincare, it acts as a moisture binder, which means that it will attach itself to the water in the cells (while also attracting and holding water from the air) making them plump.

This rich moisturizer uses liposome encapsulated retinol to even out skin tone and helps plump up fine lines and wrinkles. Shea butter, squalene, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera work wonders on keeping skin visibly moisturized. On top of all of the benefits, this cream is formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin.

Active Ingredients: Wild indigo seed extract, tripeptide, shea butter, squalane, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera | Skin Type: All | Size: 1.6 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best for Dry Skin: SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Dry

SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Dry

 Courtesy of Dermstore

What We Like
  • Soothes irritation

  • Boosts radiance

  • Minimizes wrinkles

What We Don't Like
  • Has parabens

Formulated with a potent hydroxy acid mix, this SkinCeuticals cream works hard to reveal fresher, healthier skin day after day. Formulated with dry skin in mind, this cream contains aloe, chamomile, and evening primrose extract to calm and nourish dry skin.

Active Ingredients: Malic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, glycolic acid, aloe, chamomile, rose oil | Skin Type: Dry, balanced | Size: 2 fluid ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Sensitive Skin: Goop Replenishing Night Cream

Goop Replenishing Night Cream

Courtesy of Goop

What We Like
  • Soothes irritation

  • USDA-certified organic ingredients

  • Firms skin

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

Packed with soothing and hydrating ingredients, this skin-replenishing cream is just the ticket for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin. The cream is formulated with USDA certified organic ingredients and boasts sandalwood nut oil for soothing sensitized skin. Trusty hyaluronic acid and linseed extract will hydrate your skin overnight, so you’ll wake up looking refreshed.

Active Ingredients: Ceramides, squalene, schisandra fruit, illipe butter, caviar lime | Size: 1.7 fluid ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best With Retinol: Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Face Moisturizer

Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Face Moisturizer
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Minimizes wrinkles

  • Fades hyperpigmentation

  • Fragrance-free

What We Don't Like
  • Unhygienic packaging

Whether you’re just starting your search for a perfect night cream or are looking for a change, the Olay Regenerist Retinol24 cream should be on your must-try list. The retinol and vitamin B3 formula works to improve the appearance of lines, sunspots, and uneven texture. The fragrance and dye-free formula is also surprisingly affordable for how effective and fast-acting it is.

Active Ingredients: Retinol Complex, vitamin B3, amino peptide | Skin Type: Combination | Size: 1.7 ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best With Antioxidants: Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream

4.8
fresh lotus

Courtesy of Fresh

What We Like
  • Smells good

  • Spreads easily

  • Strengthens skin barrier

What We Don't Like
  • Contains fragrance

This night cream is as dreamy as its name suggests. Not only does it smell fantastic (it's scented with lotus and peach) but it's the perfect texture for a night cream—smooth and spreads easily. Particularly in its frosted glass bottle, it feels luxurious, but it comes in at a relatively accessible price point. Its primary selling point, though, is that it's purifying; perfect for people who live in cities.

Active Ingredients: Super Lotus, peach leaf extract, shea butter, vitamin E | Skin Type: Balanced, dry, combination, oily | Size: 1.6 fluid ounces | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Eyes: IlluminEyez Hyaluronic Intense Night Recovery Cream

Marla Rene
What We Like
  • Reduces dark circles

  • Firms skin

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

This ultra hydrating eye cream is like a good night's sleep in a jar. It reduces the appearance of dark circles while smoothing texture and restoring firmness. Users love it for it's anti-aging properties and plant based ingredients. Unlike many other eye creams that target dark circles, you won't find any mercury, hydroquinone, parabens, or any other yucky ingredients.

Size: 2 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Organic: Eminence Organic Skincare Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream

Eminence Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Refines pores

  • Organic formula

  • Minimizes wrinkles

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note it leaves behind a residue

Not only is this cream the dreamiest lilac color, but it is also packed with organic ingredients like blueberries and soy. The blueberry juice helps clean and tighten pores, while the non-GMO sourced soy works to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and lines. Suited for most skin types, this is an effective addition to any skincare routine. 

Active Ingredients: BioComplex, blueberry, soy, shea butter raspberry juice, grape seed oil, calendula oil | Skin Type: Balanced, dry, mature | Size: 2 ounces | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

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