Jane Rose - September 2020
Five Myths About Night Creams
Do you use a Night Cream??
Since founding CameLife, the product I have struggled most to sell is our Restorative Night Cream. I'm often surprised how many people tell me they never use a night cream, so I've been asking them 'why?'. There seem to be a few myths around night creams, so I'm going to address them for you.
But first, little about what happens to our skin when we sleep. We often talk about “beauty sleep” and it's more than just an old wives’ tale. Our bodies regenerate as we sleep, repairing and rebuilding the damage caused by our daily life. Whilst we are dreaming, our skin is busy regenerating, healing and repairing. We really should be helping it to recover! After a hard day, it may be tempting to fall into bed without a care in the world, but spending a few extra minutes to take care of your skin can mean that you wake up with radiant skin for the next day and beyond.
It goes without saying that your nightly routine must include cleansing to removing daily life from your face. If you want healthy skin, makeup, sunscreens, pollution, dust and car fumes just have to go before bed. But it's also time to restore skin with a night cream.
Here I've listed my five common myths about this important skincare and skin health step.
Myth 1: Day And Night Cream Are The Same
People often tell me “I just use my day cream at night” when I ask if they use a night cream. Technically you can use your day moisturiser at night, but it’s a little more complicated than that. Day creams are lighter and more absorbent than night creams; they soak in so that you can apply makeup on top.
Many day creams contain SPF ingredients to protect your skin from the sun, but sunscreens can clog pores and many of the allowed sunscreen ingredients are not suitable for long-term application. Plus, you may not get the extra hydration skin needs at night. Daytime moisturisers are designed to protect your skin from the elements that it is exposed to; sun, pollution and the dry, air conditioned office environment. Night creams are designed for skin hydration and replenishment.
Myth 2: I’m Too Young For Night Cream
If you think you’re too young for night cream, guess again. Collagen is the structural building block of your skin and its production begins to decrease in your twenties. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is the first sign of declining collagen and few of us survive our twenties without seeing them appear.
Night creams contain ingredients that protect your collagen; anti-oxidants like Vitamin C. But they also contain retinoids and pro-retinoids that actually stimulate your skin to make more collagen. Adding a night cream to your skincare routine is an important measure in maintaining a youthful complexion through your twenties and beyond. You're never to young to use anti-ageing skincare!
Myth 3: Night Cream Are A Beauty Business Marketing Ploy
I used to think night cream was just another beauty product I didn’t need, and another way for companies to dupe us into buying something, until I actually starting taking skincare seriously and using night cream. Instead of waking up with dry, tight skin, my complexion began to appear more replenished and radiant.
Night cream isn’t a “magic potion” like some of the glossy, airbrushed advertisements may claim; however, in conjunction with consistent cleansing, a nutritious diet, and proper hydration, it does make a difference. Take it from a former skeptic!
Myth 4: Night Cream Doesn’t Do Anything
While we sleep, our skin naturally loses moisture. Combine that with environmental conditions, like a dry home, an overheated room, a poor diet, and not drinking enough water and, instead of waking up looking refreshed, your skin will feel dry, dehydrated, and tight. The result is you wake up looking tired and run down and cant face the world without makeup.
Enter night cream; a richer, thicker, and heavier formula designed to hydrate and support ageing skin. Night creams contain ingredients that hydrate slowly over several hours, like hyaluronic acid to help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Night cream ingredients work better when sunscreen doesn’t interfere. In the morning your skin will appear plump and nourished, and it will feel soft and supple. You might even find yourself wearing less makeup as your complexion improves!
Myth 5: Night cream only works if it is expensive
One of the biggest myths about skincare is that if the product is more expensive, it has better ingredients. This is a common misperception. High-end luxury brands can and do charge more for the name, fancy bottles, and marketing through celebrity spokespeople.
Many pricey night potions contain “fragrance” or “perfume” as the first listed ingredient, a sign that you may not be getting the best ingredients for your skin. Don’t equate more money or a celebrity name with better skincare; always read the label!
About CameLife Restorative Night Cream?
To close, I'd like to tell you a bit more about our own CameLife Restorative Night Cream. Like all of our products, the main ingredient is camel milk, but here we slow down its absorption by adding shea butter. Over night, it will sit in the fine lines and wrinkles, slowly working its magic. The formula is not greasy or heavy; it still has the characteristic smooth texture of CameLife products.
As ever, camel milk is packed with anti-oxidant Vitamin C and pro-retinoid Beta Carotene, but we've also added soy-based glycerin, the master of skin hydration. Moroccan Argan Oil further increases the milks natural moisturising properties and adds more fatty acids.
Like all night creams, you need to use Restorative Night Cream for a few weeks before you really see the affect on fine those lines and wrinkles. Meantime, it will leave behind soft and nourished skin.