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Posted: October 5, 2021 at 6:08 pm

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Theres a reason its called beauty sleep, but adding a night cream to your before-bed routine and letting it work its magic while you snooze could really be the key to your best skin ever. Night creams are packed with powerful anti-agers that nourish skin, leading to fewer visible wrinkles and dark spots, and a more moisturized, youthful-looking complexion over time.

But not all formulas are created equal. Our Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab regularly tests moisturizers, including day creams, anti-aging formulas, and body lotions to find the most effective ones on the market. The Lab evaluates night creams on how well they hydrate skin short- and long-term using the Corneometer device, which gauges skin moisture levels. We also measure changes in testers' skin over four weeks or more of daily use at home, including firmness and reduction in wrinkles and dark spots via digital imaging. Testers also rate the night cream formulas on factors such as texture, scent, absorption, and irritation. In our most recent test, we sent night creams to almost 200 consumer testers for their feedback, and our chemists took over 11,200 data points to find the top picks for the best night creams.

To find the one thats perfect for your needs (and budget) check out these top-tested picks from our Beauty Lab, trusted GH Seal stars, and beauty editor favorites:

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Best Overall Night Cream

Top-scoring with GH Beauty Labtesters, Olay'slight cream with the gold-standard anti-aging ingredients retinol, niacinamide and peptides outperformed the rest at making skin look brighter and more lifted and feel softer. The formula also increased skin firmness by 27% per the Labs Cutometer device, which measures skin laxity. This seemed to work as well as my prescription retinoid, a tester marveled. My face was firmer and smoother when I woke up each morning, a second said.

Best Value Night Cream


This lightweight LOral night cream earned high marks for firming and moisturizing in our Lab tests. Its formulated with hyaluronic acid a powerful ingredient that can attract 1,000 times its weight in water to plump and lubricate skin. It earned a perfect score for moisturization in Lab tests, increasing hydration by 49% (the highest we saw in tests!)

I could tell a real difference in my skin within just a few uses. It was smooth, plumped, and felt very moisturized, said one tester. They also liked that the tube design made it easy to control how much product was dispensed, but note that this pick isn't the best for anti-aging needs like firming skin or reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Best Day and Night Cream

Not only is LOrals formula a night cream, it also works well as a go-to day cream. It works to fortify skins moisture barrier and helps firm with calcium and natural oils like passionfruit and apricot. One study of 52 women found that 96% saw firmer andmore supple skin in just one month of use.

Best Night Cream with Retinol

This retinol-packed cream is perfect for overnight use. Itmade skin look 32% smoother and more radiant after just one week of use after four weeks, users reportedfewer fine lines and eye wrinkles, and after eight weeks, lessened deep wrinkles and dark spots. Our pros suggestusing every other night to startto mitigate any irritation.

Best Hydrating Night Cream


A GH Beauty Lab test winner, our pros found this cream offered serious results boosting hydration by over 40% in just six hours. Its formulated with moisturizing grape-seed oil and resveratrol, a free-radical fighting antioxidant that can boost cell repair and stimulate collagen. Testers said, "I liked that a little of this cream went a long way, so I didn't need to use a lot and it didn't leave my face feeling greasy."

Best Night Cream for Dry Skin


This Philosophy formula,packed with skin-softening, nourishing hyaluronic acid, glycerin and squalane, was the hero hydrator of all the winners. It raised hydration by 34% over six hours, and it upped firmness by 29% in four weeks.The cream rated best for smoothing texture, being gentle on skin and its subtle scent, and it earned high marks for firming. Almost 100% of testers said it didnt irritate or cause redness. My skin looked better after the first night, one remarked.

Best Multitasking Night Cream

Packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid and line-smoothing retinol, No7s night cream is a top formula at an unbeatable price. Thanks to the powerful ingredients, it helps smooth and firm skin, while also evening skin tone. After using the formula for four weeks, 83% of testers said their wrinkles were visibly reduced, 78% said their skin looked lifted, and 81% said their skin tone looked more even.

Best Night Cream for Wrinkles


Despite its featherweight, gel-like formula, Exuviance is a heavy hitter, winning for minimizing the look of lines. The treatment, loaded with actives like glycolic acid, peptides and retinol, gave faces a lift too, rating at the top both in Lab evaluations and with testers for making skin look and feel firmer. According to digital imaging with the Labs Visia Complexion Analyzer device, it improved the look of wrinkles by an impressive 10% in four weeks and raised skins firmness 31% in Cutometer measurements. Several testers reported that they noticed fewer lines too.

Best Firming Night Cream


Tighten sagging skin with Algenists dense balm-esque formulation, made with fortifying collagen, ceramides and fatty acids. It was the strongest of all night creams evaluated at firming skin and evening out skin tone over four weeks of use, according to Lab assessment. Cutometer calculations showed that it boosted skin elasticity and firmness by 33% over four weeks, andhydration increased by 28% in six hours in Corneometer readings. Two testers reported that it faded their dark spots. I could really tell a difference in my skinit was more firm and moist 24/7, another raved.

Best Night Cream for Dark Spots


Formulated with all the powerhouse ingredients (vitamins C and E, peptides, glycerin, and shea butter), plus algae-based nutrients, Algenists cream aced our Lab tests. We found it was thebest at improving the look of UV spots(by 11% over four weeks according to our Visia machine) and consumers gave it top marks for moisturizing (backed by a 33% increase over six hours in our tests). One tester in her 40s said she now feels comfortable going to work with no makeup on, My skin just looks better!

Best Night Cream for Glowing Skin


Yes, this is a serious splurge, but if youre in the market for a high-end cream, it doesnt get better than La Prairie. In Lab tests, the retinol formula firmed well in both short- and long-term tests, and it improved skin tone. Testers agreed: This retinol product is unlike any Ive ever used. The smoothness and even tone of my skin lets me go without makeup, which I normally would never do, said one. It also earned top scores for being gentle and non-irritating.

Best Night Cream for Sensitive Skin


Mary Kay's night cream hydrates and fights top signs of aging, like deep lines and uneven skin tone. And even though its formulated with powerful retinol, its still gentle enough if you have sensitive skin. Data revealed that when applied nightly, the overnight treatment effectively smooths wrinkles and improves skin tone, while leaving skin moisturized for up to 10 hours.

Best Night Cream for Oily Skin


This Sisley Paris cream has a lightweightgel-like texture infused with rose waterthat soaks into skin, so it's not too heavy or rich for oily complexions, making it ideal for acne sufferers, whether you have hormonal acne or cystic acne.The rose water's scentmakes it a luxurious aromatherapy treatment, too it really feels like a pampering indulgence at the end of a long day.

Best Night Cream for Fine Lines

Formulated with retinyl palmitate, a powerful, proven anti-ager, No7s night cream ishighlyeffective in reducing wrinkles according to our Lab experts past testinganalysis. Testers liked the product's rich consistency and silk feel,saying it left skin soft, not tacky, and was gentle on their skin.

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