So what happens when you wake up only to find red, blotchy patches or a wet, greasy sheen across your face?
You get annoyed. And you can probably blame it on your night cream.
Thankfully, thousands of readers have tested and reviewed hundreds of different night creams, and because we've faced a disappointing morning or two ourselves, we've compiled a list of the worst night creams ever. You know, so you can spend your money on the best.
Think you're too young to use a night cream or anti-aging skin care product? Not so fast. "Using a cream containing anti-aging ingredients like peptides, antioxidants, retinoids, and/or alpha hydroxy acids makes sense starting anytime from your late 20's to mid-30's, depending on how much damage your skin has already gotten from indoor or outdoor tanning, cigarette smoking, medical illnesses or stress," says anti-aging skin care expert Heidi Waldorf, M.D.
Please raise your hand if you don't suffer from stress … yeah, that's what we thought.
If it's cost you're worried about, Waldorf assures us that there are excellent night creams at high and low price points. "Pick a product that works for your skin and your budget," she says. "You need to separate whether the higher price is due to packaging versus the quality and type of active ingredients and those in the base. For instance, ingredients like growth factors are complicated to produce and will increase the price. Other ingredients, like the antioxidant niacinamide, are more readily available," says the doctor.
Whether you choose a night cream for its moisturizing benefits or fine line reduction results, save yourself time and money by making sure it's not one of these.
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