Because our skin is at ease the most during nighttime, it's the best time to slather on our most potent skincare. Not having to worry about sun damage, for example, gives you the freedom to soak in exfoliating acids and retinol (in reasonable amounts!). Your serums and ampoules don't have to compete with your makeup either, so they have free reign to deliver all the benefits they promise. That said, your nighttime beauty routine would need a final step to lock in all that goodness, and it usually comes in the form moisturizer. If you want your last step to give an even stronger boost, take things up a notch with a night cream containing serum-like ingredients of its own.
Below, we list our picks according to different skin concerns, so keep scrolling to meet your match!
To nourish dry skin:
La Mer Crème de la Mer
If you have dry skin, the best-selling cream in La Mer's line of moisturizers can cap off your night time routine like a dream. The high concentration of mineral oil and plant-based oils will lock moisture inside the skin while allowing the brand's age-defying miracle broth to work its magic. Since the texture is quite rich, it's best applied with a deep facial massage to aid absorption.
LA MER Crème de la Mer, price unavailable, Rustan's
To address fine lines and wrinkles:
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
Retinol helps speed up our skin's turnover rate, which effectively improves its texture. That's why if you want to smooth out signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, look into a night cream that has retinol as the main ingredient, such as this one from Murad. This fast-acting and nourishing formula is also combined with peptides from red algae extract that promotes skin elasticity and firmness.
MURAD Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, price unavailable, Rustan's
To firm and brighten:
Olay Total Effects 7 in One Anti-Aging Night Cream
If you have yet to add an anti-aging cream to your regimen, Olay's original Total Effects cream is perhaps the most beginner-friendly one you can try no matter your skin type or age! Plus, despite the affordable price tag, you would still be getting a high dose of vitamin B3 or niacinamide, which is known to help brighten the skin and prevent inflammation. It has an incredibly light texture, too, helping it absorb immediately into the skin so you can get your beauty sleep right after.
OLAY Total Effects 7 in One Anti Aging Night Cream, P799, Watsons
To add radiance to dull, tired skin:
Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream
The instant effects of Sisley's glow-inducing Black Rose Cream Mask (a Preview beauty award winner) has made it immensely popular, but the Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream offers the exact same thing with deeper and longer-lasting hydration. Thanks to numerous flower extracts like hibiscus, black rose, and alpine rose, this product also promises to effectively boost the skin's radiance and charge it with antioxidants to battle dullness. In fact, you can use it even in day time for a burst of moisture and a healthy glow before your daily makeup routine.
SISLEY Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, price unavailable, Rustan's
To address visible signs of aging and fatigue:
Clarins Multi-Active Nuit
When times are tough and you haven't been getting enough sleep, a dollop of this night cream should soften the blow of fatigue that might attack your skin in the morning. That's because while you sleep, it helps improve your skin's texture and tone with teasel extract (for fine lines) and California poppy extract to maintain an even-toned, well-rested look.
CLARINS Multi-Active Nuit, price unavailable, Rustan's
To get that "glass skin" glow:
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Glowing skin is just one overnight masking session away with Laneige's award-winning and cult-favorite Water Sleeping Mask. Although technically not a night cream, it's beloved for the way it boosts the skin's hydration levels and helps erase signs of fatigue without leaving your face slick with oil. Instead, it leaves you with a luminous, "glass skin"-like sheen you'd want to document with a selfie or two.
LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask, P1550, SM Makati
To tone down redness:
Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream
Celebrity doctor Dr. Andrew Weil's signature blend of Reishi mushroom is the star ingredient of Origins' Mega-Mushroom collection—a full lineup of products that claim to soothe sensitive skin and tone down redness. This cream is its most hydrating step, calming down the complexion and moisturizing it with a long list of essential oils and fruit extracts.
ORIGINS Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream, P4200, SM Makati
To battle breakouts:
Naruko Tea Tree Shine Control Night Gelly
During a breakout, the last thing you want to do is overload your skin with products and make things worse. You can always opt for a non-greasy night cream with acne-fighting ingredients to get the zit-zapping job done in one step! This product from Naruko contains tea tree oil to help fight bacteria, and 0.5% salicylic acid to unclog your pores. Best of all, the lightweight jelly texture mattifies your skin to ward off oil-induced breakouts without drying it out.
NARUKO Tea Tree Shine Control Night Gelly, P739, Watsons
To protect skin from environmental damage and improve texture:
Huxley The Anti-Gravity Cream
How a cactus manages to survive in harsh weather conditions like the Sahara's is obviously beyond our skin's capacity, but according to Huxley's Anti-Gravity Cream, there's no harm in trying. The hand-harvested prickly pear seed oil it contains (straight from the Sahara desert, mind you) provides a dose of pollution-shielding antioxidants and linoleic acid that balances sebum. Meanwhile, Sahara prickly pear cactus extract makes up a whopping 51% of the cream for deep hydration and skin firming to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles overtime.
HUXLEY The Anti-Gravity Cream, P1650, Freyja
To soothe irritated skin:
Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
After spending a full day under the sun or a rough round of exfoliation, treat your skin to this calming formula from Klairs. Its star ingredient, guaiazulene, is derived from the chamomile herb and boasts of anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that are perfect for sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin types. While the cream itself has a bluish tint, fret not—this color is natural to guaiazulene and won't cause irritation!
KLAIRS Midnight Blue Calming Cream, P1280, Watsons