My skin's dehydration levels peaked in the first couple of weeks in March. It was time for me to reach for the moisture boosting products of my skincare stash. Since my skin is dehydrated as opposed to dry, I prefer lighter gel-like textures that are oil free and rich in water and hyaluronic acid. Dry skin tends to flake and crack. It doesn't produce enough oil. My skin is oily but dehydrated, meaning it feels tight, looks sallow and needs water. Here were my top picks for moisture:
1. LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask ($25)
The lightest in texture from the overnight hydrating treatments. This feels like a drink of water on the skin. Fresh scent, gel/creme texture. Leaves slightly sticky residue on the skin but it sinks in quickly. The small pot I have was a deluxe sample I got in Sephora but a little goes a long way. It is suitable for all skin types but I would recommend this for oily/combination skins with dehydration concerns. You can find LANEIGE at Target in the USA or at Sephora in Canada.
2. Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep ($35)
Almost identical to the LANEIGE but with a slightly nicer fragrance. The fragrance is quite strong, though, so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to scents. I almost wrote SCENSITIVE. I'm so punny. Anyway, this is a fantastic oil-free moisturizer that doesn't leave a greasy residue behind. It's a tiny bit heavier than the LANEIGE so I would recommend this if you are normal/dehydrated. You can find this at Ulta in the USA or at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada.
3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firming Sleeping Cream ($38)
This is too heavy for me to use on my face throughout the year so I usually apply it on my neck and chest. It's amazing. When I suffer from peak dryness on my face I slap this on by itself right after cleansing and I wake up with moisturized skin and all dry patches eradicated. It has no scent at all so it's suitable for dry, sensitive skins. First Aid Beauty is one of my favourite brands that cater to sensitive skins. It has a bouncy "wet" cream texture. Not your typical heavy moisturizer feel. You can find this at Sephora in North America.
4. Clarins Multi Active Night ($56)
This moisturizer is incredibly light and comfortable. It's a thicker cream consistency than the Vichy and LANEIGE products but it's less dense than the First Air Beauty. They have a formula for dry skins as well but I chose the normal/oily skin formula as it suits my skin type the best.
I generally have reservations when it comes to potted moisturizers because they're easier to contaminate but alas - all of the products in this blog post come in pots. Why must all night creams be in pots? *shakes fist*
This Clarins Multi Active night cream is so nice that I am willing to put aside my hate for things in pots and I have been using it almost daily. On extra dry days I layer it under one of the other products mentioned in this post. The scent is fresh and floral, and it sinks into the skin immediately, offering comfort and hydration. It also contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin, along with plant extracts. There is zero greasy residue, zero sticky feeling and it doesn't make me extra oily in the morning.
I hope this is helpful if you're on a quest for a hydrating night cream. You really can't go wrong with the Clarins or Vichy offerings no matter your skin type, but I would steer you towards LANEIGE if you're super oily or First Aid Beauty if you're very sensitive.
What's your favourite night cream?