As much as we’d love to wake up to clear, glowing skin every day, that’s a hard ask. Certain factors like our sleep, diet, and wine habit exert their wrath with zero qualms, and we’ve become reliant on products designed to pull an all-nighter. We’ve already touched on overnight masks, but we have an entirely different (and beloved) list of the best nighttime moisturizers.
In fact, when I polled my fellow editors to see which formulas they swear by, the response was overwhelming. So, if the idea of rolling out of bed, stumbling to the mirror, and seeing a far more radiant complexion strikes your fancy, keep reading.
A favorite from editorial director Faith Xue (who really does have uncannily glowing skin), this nighttime formula boosts radiance and firmness. Not only does it contain a luxurious blend of oils for hydration, peptides for elasticity, and vitamin E to reduce redness and inflammation—it also contains time-released retinol to rid you of any wrinkles. It genuinely is magical.
No, this ultra-rich cream isn't exactly pocket change, but according to 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.
A recent find from managing editor Lindsey Metrus, this skin-friendly nighttime moisturizer is one of the best for those who seek ultimate hydration sans oil and grease. The secret: kudzu root extract and a soluble form of collagen your skin will love to lap up.
Our drugstore nighttime moisturizer of choice: this best-of-the-best elixir from Olay. Faith swears by it—her exact words: "It's sooo great"—and the velvety finish is unparalleled.
Korean brand Laneige are known for their hydrating products, and their Water Sleeping Mask ($25) is a holy grail for anyone with dehydrated skin. It's formulated without toxic ingredients, but more than that, they use mineral water that's been ionized and stabilized to get the maximum amount of nutrients into your skin. If you're experiencing a dehydration emergency, this is your best bet.
From a brand that's almost mythic in allure, this cult-favorite nighttime moisturizer is indulgent in the best way possible and helps revitalize the complexion thanks to cellular extracts and a specially formulated antioxidant complex.
If you saw Hallie's skin, you'd want to know all of her secrets, and when it comes to nighttime moisturizers, this is one of her go-to picks. It's great for each and every skin type, and to say the ingredients are decadent would be a vast understatement. Think radiance essentials like alkekengi caly, padina pavonica, and hibiscus flower extracts complimented by notes of rose (alpine and black varieties to be specific.)
Warning: this is a very buzzy, very cool, and very lust-worthy nighttime moisturizer that also happens to come in at an amazing price point. It typically sells out, and Faith says it's a must-have if you're in the market for a standout product with unbeatable brightening prowess thanks to peony, birch sap, and cactus oil.
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.
A personal favorite, this oil-free formula has never led my finicky (i.e., acne-prone) skin astray. After even just one night's use, I'll notice less redness and an improvement in radiance and softness. Blame it on the potent dose of resurfacers and vitamins C and E, which never fail to do the trick when my tired, dull skin needs an extra dose of TLC.
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 detoxifying; perfect for people who live in cities.
Yes, Tatcha does have a Dewy Skin Night Concentrate ($110), but we're just as big of fans of their Dewy Skin Cream ($68) for both day and night. It utilizes Japanese purple rice, Okinawa algae, hyaluronic acid, and various botanicals to give you a nice dewy glow no matter what time it is.
Peach & Lily's Pure Beam Luxe Oil ($39) is one of those blended face oils that we would bring on vacation to any climate. It works on all skin types, and is hydrating but easily-absorbed. It won't linger on your face but reinforces its lipid barrier. If you want an all-in-one oil, this is a great bet. Not to mention, it's 100% natural.