A good night cream is essential to a complete beauty repertoire. And a potent super-moisturizer is essential for a winter season saddled with dry air and hot showers. If you're afflicted with the winter itch, you might need an evening treatment that delivers more hydration than your standard emollient. Here's a quick test to decide whether your moisturizer is thick enough to tackle dry skin: Squeeze or scoop a dollop of your lotion into the palm of your hand and flip it over. If the lotion drips or runs, you might want to look into one of these five options for the face. There's something for everyone here: traditionalists, luxury-lovers, experimentalists, bargain-hunters, and even vegans.
Terralina Facial Moisturizer.
As rich and calming as mother's cold cream, but far more beneficial, Terralina's Facial Moisturizer makes skin soft, smooth, and plump. Even though its formula packs in six different varieties of antioxidant-rich olive oil, the cream won't clog pores or leave a greasy residue. Its lightweight, silky consistency sinks right into your skin, coating it with proven moisturizers such as ceramide 2, oat kernel, hyaluronic acid, and squalane. With 98.9% of its ingredients derived from natural sources, there is not a paraben, PEG, silicone, mineral oil, or artificial fragrance in sight. Besides providing skin with optimal hydration, Terralina's unique formulation draws on the effective antioxidants olive leaf and white tea to help combat free radical damage and uses lupine protein to inhibit agents known to break down collagen.
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Night.
Somehow, whenever I apply this comforting cream before bedtime, I get a better night's sleep. Even better, I wake up the next morning to find firmer, healthier skin. Peter Thomas Roth's Un-Wrinkle Night absorbs instantly into the skin, producing simultaneous soothing and smoothing effects. The thickness is second to none, and the results speak for themselves. Though its price tag of $110 might scare away some, this stuff is worth pure gold in my book. Not only do you get an intensely moisturizing blast of pro vitamin B5 and other powerful humectants, but Un-Wrinkle Night also packs in a whole horde of proven anti-aging ingredients. All transparently displayed on the label with their exact concentrations, the actives include three neuropeptides, SYN-AKE (at 4%), SNAP-8 (at 10%), argireline (at 3%), SYN-COLL (at 3%), matrixyl 3000 (at 3%), and SYN-TACKS (at 1%). By promoting cellular renewal, repairing environmental damage, and restoring moisture while you sleep, Un-Wrinkle Night does so much more than revive dehydrated skin.
NARSskin EFA Night Infusion.
For a change of pace from the thick, heavy cream category, NARSskin EFA Night Infusion is a unique treatment appropriate only for those unafraid of a little grease. Not the kind that comes with french fries, but the healthy variety in fish and nuts. EFA Night Infusion uses an essential fatty acid complex and a unique ratio of omega-3, super sterol, and acai oil to stimulate the skin's lipid content and increase its intake of moisture. Starting with a base of squalane, a silky, olive-extracted oil, the formula touts a long list of botanical oils, as well as sodium hyaluronate, one of the skin's natural moisturizing factors. Loaded with over 95% lipid-boosting active ingredients, this lightweight emulsion coats your face in a thin layer of skin-nourishing oils. Though it coats your face in a glistening layer of grease, your pillow won't show any evidence and your skin will be grateful.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Night Cream.
Although a potent anti-aging night potion is worth a splurge, you can find some perfectly useful emollients at your local drugstore without breaking the bank. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Night Cream and Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, both under $20, are widely recognized as effective dry skin saviors. Aveeno's cream is gentle enough even for hypersensitive skin, calming irritated areas and reducing redness. Its oil-free, hypoallergenic formula contains a slew of mainstream moisturizers, including glycerin, C12 15 alkyl benzoate, and dimethicone. There are also extracts from the feverfew plant, an obscure cousin of chamomile with anti-inflammatory properties. Aveeno is the only product line in the U.S. containing feverfew and is often recommended by dermatologists for patients using retinoids or undergoing laser therapy because of its bonus anti-aging and soothing benefits. The rich, non-greasy cream absorbs quickly, feels weightless on the skin, and lasts all night long. Its formula is certainly no saint, marred by the ugly preservatives phenoxyethanol and multiple parabens. There is also artificial fragrance evocative of cucumbers, which dissipates as the cream sinks into your skin. Nonetheless, Aveeno's cream is a no-fuss night cream that works, and dry skin doesn't discriminate.
Rare2B Restorative Night Cream.
As the only skincare line that is both 100% vegan and 100% organic, Rare2B's products contain no controversial parabens, drying alcohols, formaldehyde-producing additives, artificial fragrances, or petroleum by-products. Rare2B only uses ingredients that the USDA would permit in certified organic food. What does this mean for its Restorative Night Cream? It means a heaping serving of all-natural preservatives and botanical extracts, including algae, goji berry, and honeysuckle. From plant-derived oils to borage and murumuru extracts, this cream deeply hydrates the skin without putting it in harm's way. The only undesirable inclusion I can identify is myrtle extract, which contains volatile oil and a toxic constituent that is not recommended for contact with skin. If you're a stickler for purity and cruelty-free products, Rare2B's Restorative Night Cream might be just the ticket for an all-over moisturizing experience while you sleep.
Ingredients in Terralina Facial Moisturizer:
Purified Water Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil Cetearyl Olivate Sorbitan Olivate Squalane Glycerin Hydrogenated Olive Oil Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract Ceramide 2 Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein Sodium PCA Sodium Hyaluronate Phenoxyethanol Bisabolol Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables Cetyl Palmitate Sorbitan Palmitate Xanthan Gum Ethylhexylglycerin Potassium Sorbate Fragrance Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
Ingredients in Peter Thomas Roth:
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Isocetyl Stearate, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Cetyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Propylene Glycol Stearate, Retinol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyloyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-6 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Phospholipids, Allantoin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Glycolic Acid, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, Peg-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Edta, Carbomer, Alcohol, Sodium Phytate, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
Ingredients in NARSskin EFA Night Infusion:
Squalane, C13-15 Alkane, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Oryza Sativa [Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil], Sodium Hyaluronate, Linseed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Euterpe Oleracea (Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil), Plukenetia Volubilis (Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil), Pytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Bisabolol, Rosa Canina (Rosa Canina Fruit Oil), Orbignya Oleifera (Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract), Rosmarinus Officinalis [Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Extract], Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract), Ribes Nigrum [Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil], Rubus Idaeus [Rubus Idaeus (Rasberry) Seed Oil], Rubus Chamaemorus (Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil), Citrus Aurantium Amara [Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil], Plumeria Alba (Plumeria Alba Flower Extract), Coriandrum Sativum [Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil], Citrus Aurantium Bergamia [Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil], Aniba Rosaeodora [Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil], Citrus Nobilis [Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Citrus Sinensis [Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil], Anthemis Nobilis (Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil), Citrus Reticulata [Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil], Glycine Soja [Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil], Tocopherol, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol, Lecithin, Acetylated Hydrogenated Vegetable Glyceride, Isopropyl Myristate, Limonene, Linalool
Ingredients in Aveeno Ultra-Calming Night Cream:
Water, Glycerin, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ethylene Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Panthenol, Polyacrylamide, Arachidyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Fragrance, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra Di T Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sarcosine, Laureth 7, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Magnesium Aspartate, Potassium Aspartate.
Ingredients in Rare2B Restorative Night Cream:
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Modified Corn Starch, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Galactoarabinan (Larch Tree) Powder, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Astrocaryum Murumuru, Passiflora Edulis Oil, Borago Officinalis, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Citric Acid, Aqua Bergamot and Lavender.