The 9 best night creams

best night creams

When's the last time you got a good night's sleep? Oh, don't worry, we don't remember ours either *sobs into coffee*. Restore your skin with the best night creams on the market, tried and tested by Mumsnetters, and starting at just £1.49

Hold on, what is a night cream?

We get it, you're probably thinking: “What is a night cream, and do I even really need one?” Well, we can confirm that there are plenty of reasons to invest in a good one.

For all the science nerds out there, your skin does a lot of cell regeneration overnight – more so than in the day, when those pesky UV rays get in the way of production. It's essential, therefore, that you capitalise on this time of regeneration, especially as your skin is warmer in the evening, and therefore more likely to absorb all the good stuff you get in a pot of night cream.

They can include ingredients like:

  • Peptides (amino acids which encourage collagen repair, creating younger-looking skin)
  • Antioxidants (all those essential vitamins you need for a brighter complexion)
  • And hydrators (which, of course, hydrate the skin – which is really important at night, when it loses a lot of moisture)

1. Lidl Cien Q10 Night Cream, £1.49

1. Lidl Cien Q10 Night Cream, £1.49

Night cream which costs less than your morning coffee? We kid you not. This cream has achieved cult status for good reason – it is packed with ingredients to protect skin cells and reduce the appearance of deep-set wrinkles. Word on the street: it's just as good as the luxury stuff.

“The Lidl night cream is fab.”

“I absolutely love the Lidl night cream.”

“I'm far from averse to high-end cosmetics, but have recently bought this anti-wrinkle cream and can honestly say I've been very impressed. It really works and quickly, too. It's also perfect worn under makeup – not just at night. Try it. You can't go wrong at that price.”

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2. B. Nourished Night Cream, £13.99

2. B. Nourished Night Cream, £13.99

This budget night cream has plenty of five-star reviews. Claiming to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles within four weeks, it brightens, moisturises and plumps up a treat.

“I'd recommend 'B.', the Superdrug own brand. I'm really impressed.”

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3. M&S Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, £23

3. M&S Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, £23

Packed full of peptides, this luxurious sleep cream revitalises and hydrates tired skin, leaving you with a warm, youthful glow. It's been clinically proven to work and independently tested, and not on animals. Pair it with a lip balm overnight for all-over facial hydration.

“I can't recommend it enough. I don't sleep well (understatement) and usually look like I've been dug up. This stuff makes me look dewy and fresh and bright and it's amazing. Honestly. I've had enough disappointments over the years, so I don't recommend skin stuff lightly, but this stuff is bloody brilliant. 22 quid for a decent-sized pot. Love it.”

“I agree, I love that sleep cream. I got a sample of it at Christmas last year in the advent calendar and was so impressed.”

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4. No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Night Cream, £25

4. No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Night Cream, £25

One of the best night creams for sensitive skin, the oh-so-gentle formula leaves skin as soft and smooth as a baby's bum. One of the best night creams for dry skin, it does wonders in hydrating your skin as well as firming it up.

“For me it's got to be Boots No7 Protect & Perfect. Its £25 and worth every penny. This week I've had loads of comments about my skin glowing. It makes such a difference, and the cream itself feels amazing. It doesn't leave you greasy, and makes my skin feel plumper, brighter and younger even after I've removed it. I just love it.”

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5. Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Nourishing Cream, £30

5. Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Nourishing Cream, £30

Considered by many to be the best night cream for dry skin, this formulae is made using nourishing plant oils and herbal extracts, leaving skin feeling brand new. It's loved for its rich texture, and – because it provides 24 hours of moisture – works wonders on mature skin.

“Neal's Yard Frankincense is lovely.”

“Another vote for Neal's Yard Frankincense. Works really well on me (oily and ageing).”

“Neil's Yard Frankincense Nourishing is my Holy Grail.”

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6. Origins Night-A-Mins Resurfacing Cream, £30

6. Origins Night-A-Mins Resurfacing Cream, £30

This 2-in-1 sleep cream is packed full of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which encourage skin to shed its dullness. So if your complexion is looking a little tired, turn to this overnight moisturiser and peel, and watch it do its magic. And if you're searching for a night cream for oily skin, there's also an oil-free version.

“I love Origins Night-A-Mins. I try other stuff but keep coming back to it.”

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7. Clarins Multi-active Night Cream, £37.40

7. Clarins Multi-active Night Cream, £37.40

Made with golden poppy extract, organic Teasel and Myrothamnus (a plant from the mountains of Southern Africa, don'tcha know) the Clarins Multi-active Night Cream works to smooth over every crease; softening and revitalising skin wherever it goes. It smells lovely, too – aahhhh.

“Just saw a Clarins thread and almost everyone seemed to agree that it was excellent. Personally, I always come back to it.”

“I like Clarins very much. To me , it seems much gentler than anything else.”

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8. Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser with Natural Neroli, £41.49

8. Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser with Natural Neroli, £41.49

This isn't exactly a night cream, but Liz Earle's Superskin Moisturiser is so loved by Mumsnetters that it's worth a mention. Perfect if you've got very dry skin, it's rich in omega-3 and antioxidants, as well as pomegranate flower extract, cranberry seed, borage and rosehip oils. It's also beautifully scented with natural neroli – an essential oil derived from the blossom of a bitter orange tree.

“I really recommend Liz Earle Superskin. You only need a little amount morning and evening, so it lasts for ages. It's excellent.”

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9. Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, £99

9. Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, £99

We hear you – for that price, this better be the best damn night cream for younger-looking skin. It's certainly pretty amazing, working to make your face plumper, smoother and more radiant come morning. With more five-star reviews than you can shake a stick at, this oxygenating night cream features a blend of Red Algae and Laminaria Digitata (try saying that three times fast) to keep skin in tip-top condition.

“Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream is the best I’ve ever tried.”

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