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Night Serums And Oils: Is There A Difference From The Day Stuff?

Yes – and also no. While it is more than just an extra word on the bottle, whether your skin needs it or not lies in the ingredient list.

Skincare is important, but it’s also very complicated. Cleansers, toners, serums and oils, it’s like a never ending list of products to use. Then, there are things that make our already confused state of mind worse by ten folds with day and night serums and oils. That’s where we dig deeper to see if it really is a necessity to purchase these. Is it just the name difference?

The first thing to understand here is that the skin has different needs during daytime and nighttime. In the day, the skin is exposed to pollution and UV rays, both of which have a negative effect on the skin. This is why serums that are formulated for the day usually have antioxidants to protect and hydrate the skin. Like this one from Dr. Barbara Sturm that is formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid and cocoa seed for soothing, antioxidant properties.

When night falls, the skin does most of its heavy lifting, repairing, restoring and regenerating while you sleep. Most serums created for nighttime usage also contain light-sensitive ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) or retinoids that would be unsuitable for daytime use. This Lift Serum Intense: Stem Cell Recovery Complex from Lancer has sea-plant and grape-derived stem cells that help support natural regenerative process.

As for face oils, our skin actually produces different amounts of sebum throughout the day. The skin is oiliest during midday, and slowly decreases to the lowest in the evening, just before bedtime. Yet, it’s not necessary for everyone to put oils for both day and night. You may only want to use oils before bed so that it doesn’t disrupt your makeup during the day, which is especially true for oilier skin types. It’s also better to use oils in the night as it’s easier absorbed when undisturbed by makeup. (And yes, we have a whole list of oils that we love here and here.)

So, before you use your serum for both your day and night routine, perhaps take a little peek at the ingredients list. Guidelines aren’t universal, so remember to read usage instructions for every single product. Then, listen to your skin needs. If the weather calls for stronger moisturisers in the day, use it for both morning and night. The one rule that doesn’t change, however, is that everyone should wear always sunscreen with at least SPF30. Always, always, always.


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