Fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, loose and saggy skin — these are the concerns of every woman’s existence. What woman looks forward to seeing those telltale signs of aging sneak up? That’s why it’s important to incorporate the right anti aging products to daily skin routines as early as your mid 20’s. But with so many brands claiming to be the best and most effective, how can one determine what the best night moisturizer is for her? Here are a few guidelines to help you along.
1. When choosing a moisturizer: Factor in your age
Women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and so on will need a certain type of night cream. With each decade, one’s skin needs and texture will change — and so will the products to address those concerns.
Twenty-something women are pretty lucky to have supple, healthy, and resilient skin — but it’s not something they should take for granted. The biggest skin care mistake women in their 20s make is underestimating the importance of moisturizing. The best night moisturizers, will contain some type of retinol or a different form of vitamin A, which has been scientifically prove to reduce wrinkles (take note that too much partying, drinking, and smoking can cause premature aging) and helps prevent pimple breakouts.
For those in their 30’s, a more potent formula is recommended, in order to retain the youthful glow of their 20’s. A quality moisturizer should be able to hydrate the skin while delaying the effects of aging. Women in their 40’s, meanwhile, should seek a night moisturizer with a huge boost of glycerin. Glycerin attracts water, and a cream that contains a significant amount of it will help your skin retain moisture, protect the skin’s outermost layer from pollutants and other health hazards, and heal dull, rough skin that often occurs in 40-something women.
And as for women in their 50’s, the best night moisturizer should be able to provide their skin with the moisture it so desperately needs. A key ingredient that one should be on the lookout for is phytoestrogens, plant-derived compounds that can fill up the void caused by estrogen reduction. Studies have shown that a decrease in estrogen levels can hasten the aging process and wrinkle formation. So a night moisturizer with phytoestrogens can help combat such hormonal aging.
2. Know your skin type
What works for one skin type, may not work for another. There is also no cream that will work for everyone, so consider your skin type before buying. With oily skin, water-based creams come highly recommended, as these don’t contain unnecessary oils that may clog pores and result in breakouts. Also, ladies with oily skin should avoid facial creams that have a heavy texture, as these will only increase the skin’s greasiness.
Women with dry skin should opt for oil based night moisturizers. Key ingredients to look for when treating dry skin include mineral, primrose, almond, avocado, and argan oil, as well as petrolatum, lanolin, glycerin, urea, vitamins, propylene glycol, and dimethicone. Take note of how your skin drinks up a moisturizer that contains these ingredients — you’ll be surprised at the absorption rate of some of the quality products.
There are lots of moisturizers targeting combination skin, but if you’re really keen on preserving your skin’s youthfulness and money is no object, it’s best to use two different moisturizers: a gentler one for your T-zone that’s prone to oiliness, and a “normal” one for the rest of your face and neck.
Lastly, for sensitive skin, the most important thing is to stay away from moisturizers that contain fragrances, alcohol and low quality plant extracts. Try using an organic night moisturizers that are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and do not contain parabens or sulfates. Check the label — if it says that it’s made especially for sensitive skin, go for it!
3. Consider the climate and season.
Sometimes, as seasons change, your moisturizer will have to change as well. Humid climates require ones that lock in moisture to your skin, while you may need a lighter formulation when the weather is hotter (e.g. summer). Winter can be very harsh on the skin, so you’ll definitely need a powerful night moisturizer to provide intense hydration as you catch your Zzzs.
How to make the most of your night moisturizer
Aside from applying your anti-aging weapon every night (on a freshly cleansed face, of course), here are a few more key suggestions to help you maintain a youthful appearance:
- Don’t forget to smooth it onto your neck area as well. The skin on the neck is actually one of the thinnest in the body, and is the first to show signs of aging. So give it the TLC it deserves and use your moisturizer on it, too.
- Never, ever go to bed with makeup on. No matter how tired, drunk, or lazy you are, take care of your vanity and scrub off that gunk before heading to bed.
- Don’t let your night moisturizer go to waste — apply it religiously every night, right before you go to bed. Also try to have a regular sleep schedule with at least 8 hours of sleep a day.