Who What Wear posted “I’m Trying to Look 25 Forever, so I Asked Derms What Night Creams to Prioritize” featuring Dr. Purvisha Patel and Visha Skincare.
The article includes Dr. Patel’s expert insights on key ingredients to search for in a night cream, and features Visha Skincare's Rejuvenating Moisturizer, one of the best night creams for people in their 20s.
Right now, at age 25, my skin looks pretty good. I try to take really good care of it, and I get a few preventative treatments here and there (perks of being a beauty editor), but for the most part, I know I don't have to mess with it too much. I'd love for my skin to look like this forever, but I also welcome aging. The older you get, the wiser you get, and there's nothing to be scared of when it comes to aging gracefully!
If you're in your 20s like me, it might seem a bit early to start paying attention to heavy-duty skincare products. "In our 20s is when we may start to see some early signs of aging such as fine lines and hyperpigmentation," says Jenny Liu, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Minneapolis. "In our late 20s, skin starts to make less collagen and hyaluronic acid."
One of the best ways to begin taking better care of your skin is to start using a night cream. "Night cream in the 20s can include ingredients such as retinol that helps to repair sun-exposed skin, clogged pores, and acne-prone skin," says Cheryl Burgess, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Washington, DC. Burgess recommends looking for a thicker cream that can help repair the skin barrier and prevent moisture loss.
Other key ingredients to search for in a night cream are vitamin C, ceramides, fatty acids, peptides, niacinamide, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. And don't just stop at night cream. Purvisha Patel, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare, says you should consider layering a retinol underneath and make sure to wear sunscreen every morning to prevent sun damage.
Below, I've rounded up the best night creams for people in their 20s. These creams will help your skin retain its volume and moisture while you sleep.
The Inkey List Omega Water Cream Moisturizer
"For oily to combination skin, I recommend The Inkey List Omega Water Cream, which is a great gel-cream that's hydrating but fast absorbing, non-sticky, and oil-free," says Liu.
Olehenriksen Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer
This year is all about barrier repair, and this bouncy gel moisturizer from OleHenriksen is no exception. Packed with amino acid, peptides, ceramides, and collagen, it strengthens your skin barrier while leaving skin impossibly smooth.
Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Moisturizer
If you'd like a richer cream, Liu recommends this moisturizer. It's infused with omega fatty acids and hyaluronic acid to plump skin and help repair the skin's barrier.
Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream
Somehow, this moisturizer is thick and emollient without feeling heavy at all on the skin. Take it from me—I've gone through two jars of this cream. I love it so much. Japanese purple rice acts as an antioxidant to protect skin, and algae and hyaluronic acid prevent moisture loss.
Versed Recovery Mode
In this potent night cream, fermented tea and green coffee extract work to fight free radical damage and slough off dead skin cells. It also helps smooth your skin's texture.
SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Dry
When I test-drove some of SkinCeuticals' hero products, this moisturizer came out on top for me. Hydroxy acid helps refine and exfoliate the skin, while botanical extracts help nourish dry skin.
Farmacy 10% Niacinamide Night Mask
If you struggle with redness and enlarged pores, this night mask is a major game changer. Ten percent niacinamide works to refine skin's texture and calm inflammation.
Olay Regenerist Vitamin C + Peptide 24 Face Moisturizer
Patel says this moisturizer is a great choice for a boost of vitamin C and peptides.
Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair Serum in Cream Treatment
If you're a skincare minimalist, this cream is for you. Tatcha combines a serum and a moisturizer with this innovative product, and the result is a plumping, calming cream that give skin a dreamy glow.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Night Moisturizer
You might not be able to go to a French pharmacy for your skincare, but you can use this night cream, which is pretty damn close. It's ultra-soothing and hydrating.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
This is another face cream that I will always come back to. It does such a good job at moisturizing and repairing skin thanks to ceramides and a blend of nourishing oils.
Versed Skin Soak
Squalane, vitamin E, and algae are blended together in this rich cream to provide deep hydration.
"Visha Skincare Rejuvenating Moisturizer has unicorn-root extract to help with collagen and estrogen loss," says Patel.
RoC Multi Correxion 5-in-1
Talk about a multitasking product. This night cream reduces discoloration, firms and hydrates skin, adds radiance, and works to smooth fine lines.
CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream
Your night cream doesn't have to be complicated. This pick from CeraVe soothes, hydrates, and plumps skin while you sleep.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Dark Spot Correcting Glycolic Night Cream
Glycolic acid, viniferine (vine sap), and papaya enzymes work together to brighten skin.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2
This cream is always on lists of top night creams, and for good reason. It's packed with lipids such as ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids to nourish skin.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Night Cream
Colloidal oatmeal makes this rich night cream so soothing.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque
This Kiehl's night mask is really gentle, so it is a good pick for even the most sensitive skin. It imparts tons of moisture.