The Right Night Cream Choice For Oily Skin And Dry Skin

How does a consumer know what is the appropriate choice for a night cream, as there are hundreds of products available on department store shelves, in drugstores, in catalogs, on the internet, and through cosmetic representative companies such as Mary Kay and Avon. 

Once a consumer has determined his or her skin type and overall skin condition, they need to search for a night cream that is specifically matched to their type and condition, whether it is dry, oily, sensitive, troubled, combination, or aging.   Age variance is also a deciding factor, particularly if the skin has serious issues such as hyperpigmentation, deep lines, wrinkling, sagging, acne, rosacea, oiliness, and sensitivity.  After the skin category has been resolved, the search for a night cream can be initiated.  

Dry skin can be characterized as flaky, taunt, fragile, lacking moisture, without noticeable pores, lined and wrinkled.  The best night cream for dry skin should be plant based, chemical and additive free and contain no synthetic ingredients. Dry skin can be reversed and rejuvenated with natural ingredients.  Dry skin nighttime preparations can contain ingredients such as plant and nut and seed based oils.  Jojoba, macadamia, almond, apricot, borage seed, olive, and avocado oils are all necessary ingredients in nighttime formulations for dry skin.   Ginko biloba, shea butter, other nut and seed butters, hyaluronic acid, marine collagen peptides, and honey are other important ingredients for dry skin nighttime preparations.  Most of these ingredients work to heal and renew skin cells, as well as moisturize, improve circulation, and enrich the layers of the skin with important vitamins and minerals. 

Oily skin exhibits enlarged pores, a shiny/oily surface (overactive sebaceous glands), blemishes and possible scarring.  In addition to a shiny or oily appearance, oily skin can also appear full or plump, as the dead skin cells of the upper skin are not as easily shed as easily as dry or other skin categories.  Blemishes (blackheads, whiteheads and scarring) are also characteristic of oily or troubled skin.  As oily skin does have a protective barrier of its own through over secretion any nighttime product for oily skin should usually be greaseless as well as water, gel or lotion based. It can also contain ingredients such as aloe vera, alpha hydroxy acids (fruit acids), botanical extracts, plant based derivatives, plant enzymes, marine kelp, Coenzyme Q10 derivatives, Babassu oil and Active Manuka Honey.     

These same formulations are also applicable and useable for troubled or acne prone skin, which usually exhibits some of the same characteristics as oily skin

Sensitive skin, the most fragile skin type, exhibits a variety of characteristics from simultaneous dryness and oiliness to blotchiness, irritation, redness and allergy related problems, such as itching and burning.   Sun exposure, weather conditions and other environmental factors (pollutants) can affect sensitive skin.  Sensitive skin is prone to burning during warmer weather sun exposure, and cold weather exposure may affect sensitive skin with redness, chapping and itching.  Skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other skin diseases are factors with sensitive skin characteristics as well, and require attention to specific skin care formulations.     

Any formulations for sensitive skin should be free of soap, irritants, chemicals, fragrances, preservatives, and other ingredients that create allergic reactions.  A nighttime formulation for sensitive skin can  contain plant and  flower extracts such as rose, and lavender as well as licorice extract, feverfew, chamomile, glycerin, hyaluronic acid squalane, thermal spring water, shea butter, antioxidants, caffeine (calms redness and decongests), wheat germ oil, and evening primrose oil.

Aging skin displays some of the same characteristics as dry skin, but aging skin difficulties are usually compounded by factors such as hyperpigmentation (age spots, brown spots, liver spots, and other discolorations), deep lines, heavy wrinkling, sagging and dullness.  In addition, aging skin can take on sensitive skin characteristics as well, particularly with reactions to chemically based anti aging products.  Any nighttime product for aging skin should contain natural ingredients to address aging issues.  Nighttime formulation ingredients can include advanced peptides, plant stem cells, shea butter, avocado oil, wakame extract, coenzyme Q10 derivatives, natural Vitamin E, Active Manuka Honey, Argireline, Matrixyl, and sodium hyaluronate.

Nighttime creams, gels, lotions, and serums are highly advanced and are formulated to address almost any skin type and condition. With individual research, and access to skin care journals, magazine articles, informative internet (skin care) sites, and consultation with skin care experts and medical specialists, the appropriate nighttime preparation can be discovered and utilized.