Day or Night: What to Look for in a Facial Cream

Making sense of the many options out there

Ah face moisturizers! There are so many on the market that it can be overwhelming. Dermatologist Melissa Piliang, MD, answers your questions and gives some simple advice on what to look for and what to avoid in a moisturizer so you can put your best face forward.

When should you start using a facial cream? Get in the habit of using face creams in your mid to late 20s. It is good to use one cream during the day and another at night.
What’s the difference between night and day creams? Night creams are heavier than day creams and provide deeper skin repair based on your age and skin type. Day creams are meant to protect your skin from the outside elements. 
Serums are popular, what makes them different? Lighter than moisturizers, serums are gels or lotions that are more concentrated with performance ingredients. You can wear them day or night under a moisturizer.


Some final tips

  • Don’t let fancy packaging or a high price tag fool you. Household name brands often contain good ingredients too. 
  • Some creams market that they are a “hydrating” moisturizer, but all moisturizers are hydrating! 
  • All-natural ingredients can be good, but plants, nuts and berries can cause an allergic reactions for some people. Pay attention to these ingredients and what your reaction is.