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Cosmetics brands will often market their products as either a night cream or day cream. Yet is it necessary to use a different cream for day and night?
For the most part, you can probably get away with using the same cream both morning and evening. The exception to this would be if your day cream contains sun filtering agents  to protect against UV exposure. Sunscreens aren't harmful, but you wouldn't be receiving any of their benefit by applying at night.  

When A Night Cream Might Be a Good Idea
Some night time formulations are designed to deliver more emollient or hydrating ingredients. In this case, the product may appear heavy or oily on the face during the day. Ingredients that help to improve dry skin by healing the skin barrier and replenishing fats should be fine for use at night, when the world won't be around to witness you in your shining glory.  

Certain skin care preparations may contain active ingredients such as retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids. Effective to increase cell turnover, boost collagen production or exfoliate, these ingredients can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight. Retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids are not strictly designed for night formulations, but you may wish to reserve them for night time use when there may be less likelihood of them causing irritation to your skin.  

Using an Interchangeable Product
If you want to incorporate a single product into your routine that can be used both morning and night, opt for a non-SPF light weight lotion that can be applied with your sunscreen during the day and without at night. If your skin is dry, choose a heavier, more hydrating formulation at night which will deliver benefits.  

Here are some formulations to consider:
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Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates a skin care store at [Link Removed] 


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      Daisy Shkolnik wrote Jul 21, 2008
    • I always wondered if there were major differences between night and day creams.  I like the idea of one single product for both. I’m definitely going to look into a non-SPF weight lotion



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      Angie08 wrote Jul 21, 2008
    • Thank you for this information. I always wonder if it okay to apply both sunscreen and night cream. Is there such thing as over moisturizing?



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      Mara wrote Jul 22, 2008
    • I always wondered if there was a difference.  Thanks for clarifying this for me.  Nice post.

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      Mara wrote Jul 22, 2008
    • I always wondered if there was a difference.  Thanks for clarifying this for me.  Nice post.

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      Pharmagirl wrote Jul 22, 2008
    • Angie08

      Re over-moisturizing - let your skin be your guide. If you have dry skin, the goal is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. The right ingredients will help to repair a damaged skin barrier and seal in moisture. If your skin is oilier or combination, then breakouts or plugged pores may be a sign of over moisturizing.

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