Night Watch: Best night creams
These days, apparently, tiredness has become a competitive sport, with the degree to which one is exhausted being perceived as in proportion to how important and in demand one is. But, even if we all wish to be seen as living life at high speed and with little downtime, we don’t necessarily want to look like we’re worn out.
It is at night that our skin does most of its repair work and night creams claim all sorts of abilities to boost that action.
When testing night creams, our panellists confessed that, on the whole, they don’t believe that anything can rid their faces of lines and wrinkles, but, instead, what they seek from a night cream is the impression of giving themselves a treat. Which matters, too, when night creams are that bit more expensive than the daytime unguents.
Our favourites felt special, and, even better, lent the morning-after impression of having had a good rest, regardless of how many hours were actually slept.
Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins, €42.50, Arnotts; Clerys; House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, D16 With vitamin and mineral ‘resurfacers’ that promise a refreshed face at night’s end, this is a light cream that tingles slightly on contact and has a fresh feeling that younger panellists enjoyed. “This doesn’t have that cloying feeling of some night creams, where you feel you might be blocking your pores,” said a panellist. “I noticed a difference: it says that the resurfacing ingredients help to remove flaky layers and they do, and uneven patches are a lot less noticeable.”
BEST SOFT SLEEP
Bliss The Youth As We Know It Anti-Ageing Night Cream, €95, see www.blissworld.co.uk This new-launch cream is expensive, but it proved very popular in a month-long testing. Claiming to reduce signs of ageing 10 different ways, it gave the complexion a boost and stood up to promises of smoothing and plumping the skin. “I loved this. It smoothed on evenly and sank in quickly, with no oily residue,” said one panellist. “A real treat to slather on at night. My wrinkles didn't vanish but, after a few weeks, my skin felt noticeably softer and looked brighter.”
BEST FOR WEARY SKIN
Nuxe Nuxuriance Nuit, €44.20, Clerys; selected pharmacies nationwide This brand is huge in France and this night cream scored well as a nourishing, non-aggressive pick-me-up. Caffeine soothes the skin, while araucaria seed and maca root are gently brightening. “I slapped this on every night for a month and last week a colleague told me I looked very rested. That’s a result, “ a panellist said. “I do think it has made a difference — my skin looks a bit lighter and less tired.”
BEST FOR MATURE SKIN
Decleor Aroma Night Wrinkle Firmness, €56.68, salons nationwide, for stockists, tel: (01) 822-2711 Aimed at the over-40s, this velvety cream won rave responses, as did its sister product for younger complexions. Boasting essential oils of peony, vanilla and neroli, along with natural moisturisers, its texture and scent lend an impression of subtle luxury. “I get very dry patches around my eyes and cheeks that nothing makes a difference to, but this cream worked wonders,” said a panellist. “It’s the cream that has made the most difference to my skin, ever.” BEST
Lancome Renergie Nuit Multi-Lift, €70, Lancome counters nationwide The magic of this cream is down to MT technology, apparently, which stands for multi-tension and seems to describe our busy lives as much as it suggests it has the solution to our stressed skin. Whatever: this is a seriously pleasant product. “Somehow, this manages to be both rich and refreshing at the same time,” one panellist said. “It sinks in immediately to make the skin feel softer — mine was nicely plump, but not puffy, in the morning.”
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