Reason number one billion to get to sleep at a reasonable hour: Your skin care products will work better. That’s true of anything you put on your face, but nighttime is an especially conducive work environment for serums. Because serums are special. They’re highly concentrated formulas containing active ingredients and nutrients that target specific skin care concerns, like dehydration, discoloration, and inflammation, to name a few. So using one of the best night serums — or, more specifically, using a serum containing the ingredients your skin really needs, but at night — maximizes its potency even more.
“Nighttime is when your skin has a chance to recover and regenerate, so this is a crucial time for your skin,” Marius Morariu, co-founder of clean skin care brand Tracie Martyn, tells Bustle. “Around 11 p.m. is when your cell regeneration is really amping up, so this is when you’re going to get the most out of your serums. Your skin is also most able to absorb active ingredients at night.”
When choosing a night serum, Morariu suggests looking for “restorative ingredients that help strengthen your skin and boost its natural repair processes,” like hydrating hyaluronic acid and squalane, antioxidants, and formulas that encourage cellular turnover and collagen production. Morariu points out that serums containing certain ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, are fine to use during the day; they’ll just behave differently a.m. versus p.m. “They’ll do more protecting during the day, and more repairing at night,” he explains. That said, certain ingredients are best used solely at night. In particular, Morariu recommends reserving retinol and AHAs for bedtime, since these potent exfoliating and resurfacing ingredients can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
So put your phone in another room, make yourself some Sleepytime tea, and let these six top-rated night serums do their jobs.