Deeply Hydrating Night Creams

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Sleep is a restorative and crucial action that not only heals your mind and body, but your skin, tooespecially after long, hot summer days. In fact, bedtime is a key point in your day to repair cellular damage inflicted by heat and sun. It also happens to be the optimal time for your skincare products to do their most effective work. That's why it's vital to choose the correct moisturizing products for your evening skincare routine. We've consulted a handful of top beauty experts to get their take on the most effective skin moisturizers for evening that thoroughly heal, protect, and nourish the skin doing the work while we rest.

To Heal Red, Peeled, Sun-Damaged Skin

Ideal for sun-damaged skin experiencing redness or peeling, the famed Sicily- based clean beauty company Furtuna has formulated a healing balm to soothe the skin's layers using their signature Wild Foraged Replenishing Complexwhich contains a potent grade of medicinal plant power to replenish dry skin. It's an essential for L.A.-based celebrity facialist Candace Marino and her clients. When it comes to skin that needs an extra boost of hydration (and healing) my number-one recommendation is the Furtuna Skin Replenishing Balm, Marino says. This solid balm melts into a deeply nourishing treatment to lock in moisture while repairing and strengthening the skin overnight. I recommend this for all skin types, (yes, even acne-prone). The organic, wild, foraged ingredients in the balm contain anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties to heal and protect the skin. I especially love this for sensitized or compromised skin types, as the balm will help speed up any healing processes. I recommend keeping it on hand for any 911 situation: Burns, scrapes, insect bites, chapped lips, dry cuticles, fly-aways and more. The balm can be used both morning and night, but I especially love it in the evening as a last step, to lock in moisturizer and flood my skin with nutrition.

For Stress-Related Repair

Tatcha founder Vicky Tsai initially created this two-in-one serum/cream to help with her stress-related eczema flare-ups during the height of the pandemic in 2020. The formulation uses high-grade plant compounds tryptanthrin and indirubin for overnight skin restoration as well as mondo grass extract to help balance skin microbiomesessentially fostering good bacteria growth. The Indigo Night Repair is a go-to for makeup artist Daniel Martin, whose client list includes Elizabeth Moss, Jessica Biel, and Jessica Alba. It has a beautiful gel cream texture and feels really comfortable on the skin, he says. I haven't been as diligent as I should be about applying sunscreen this summer, and this helps repair and calm my skin, toning down any redness from over-exposure. I'll apply it at night, and wake up in the morning with no redness and soft, hydrated, dewy, radiant skin.

For Skin Lifting, Firming, and Moisturizing

To get noticeably plumper skin along with super hydration, try Le Lift Crme de Nuit by Chanel. Itorks with your skin barrier to help with the sensitivities the skin experiences throughout the day from environmental aggressors, especially during summer. This is a favorite nighttime ritual for famed runway makeup artist Cyndle Komarovski, who applies it as a moisturizer with her evening skin massage routine. My favorite night ritual for relaxation is to take a pea- size amount and warm it between your fingertips, she says. Start by massaging in a circular motion in the center of your face outward, following your facial contours and continuing down your neck. This massage will help stimulate blood flow and relax you before bed.

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