Our Favorite Night Creams for Every Budget
Your nighttime Zs aren’t called beauty sleep for nothing. In fact, it’s a pretty literal catchphrase. During periods of deep sleep, your skin goes into repair, restore and reboot mode, which is why using a night cream can seriously amp up your skin’s glow. Night creams are typically more intense, thicker formulas — commonly containing ingredients like retinol or those containing anti-aging benefits — that deliver intense hydration over the course of a few hours. While this skin-care category may feel rich to the touch, you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to get the benefits. Ahead, we’re rounding up our favorite night creams at every price point.
Night Creams Under $50
CeraVe Renewing Night Cream, $13.92 MSRP
This ultra-affordable night cream has all the right ingredients. With hyaluronic acid, ceramides, peptides and niacinamide, CeraVe has you covered in the hydration department. It’s patented MVE Delivery Technology provides a controlled release of hydration over 24 hours. If you’re on a budget but still want high-quality results, pick this product up at your local drugstore.
La Roche-Posay Toleraine Ultra Night Moisturizerl, $29.99 MSRP
If you have sensitive skin, we understand that trying a new product, let alone a high-powered night cream, can be intimidating. But set your worries aside and give this overnight gel from La Roche-Posay a chance. It’s tested on allergy-prone skin and doesn’t have common irritants like fragrance, alcohol, parabens and preservatives. We love this because it helps restore your skin’s moisture barrier overnight, so you can wake up looking dewy and hydrated to the max.
Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm, $48.00 MSRP
Can’t get past the thick texture that comes with most night creams? We suggest trying Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm instead. It’s extremely lightweight, especially upon application. Once your scoop up some product, warm it in your hands and watch as the balm transforms into an oil-like gel. The texture here is great — and so are the active ingredients. The balm contains a highly concentrated derivative called echinacea purpurea, that essentially makes skin look firmer overnight.
Night Creams Under $100
Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream, $65.00 MSRP
Ten-step nightly skin-care routines may be our thing, but they’re not necessarily for everyone. If you’re in the market for a moisturizer that targets a handful of your skin concerns, look no further than our Kiehl’s recommendation. An anti-aging powerhouse, this moisturizer plumps the look of fine lines and wrinkles, helps visibly retexturize and firm your complexion and infuses skin with long-lasting hydration thanks to its formula with jasmonic acid, birch tree extract and hyaluronic acid.
SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Oily, $62.00 MSRP
Oily and acne-prone skin can reap major benefits from investing in the right night cream. Unclogging pores and sloughing away dead surface skin cells is your ticket to a radiant and healthy looking complexion. Forgetting this step could lead to congested skin and nasty breakouts. Thankfully, SkinCeuticals has you covered. This overnight renewal cream is formulated with 10% hydroxy acid and orange oil to help with exfoliation and purification. This should be applied as the final step in your nighttime routine to seal in moisture.
Lancôme Bienfait Multi Vital Night Cream, $54.00 MSRP
As unfortunate as it may be, we all have times when sleep is not of essence. For nights when you simply can’t get eight-hours of shut-eye, break open a jar of this antioxidant-rich night cream. Formulated with a multitude of fatty acids and vitamins (including vitamins A and E), it’ll have your skin looking well-rested, hydrated and bright come morning.
Night Creams Under $400
RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream, $195.00 MSRP
This powerful hydrator works overtime while you sleep. It’s packed with glycolic acid to gently (we repeat, gently) exfoliate, retexturize and renew your complexion. We’re obsessed with the glow this night cream gives our skin. But, it’s definitely an investment, so sleep on it — literally.
YSL Or Rouge Créme Riche, $375.00 MSRP
Formulated with the pistil of the saffron flower, this luxe moisturizer works to revive dull skin cells. This cream delivers hydration to the skin’s surface for younger-looking, even-toned and radiant skin. To get the most for your money (and it’s a lot of money!), warm the cream between your fingers and press it onto your face so the formula seeps in.