Night Creams vs. Night Masks: What's The Difference?

Night Creams vs. Night Masks: What's The Difference?

Night creams and night masks hydrate your skin as you sleep. Our skin repairs and regenerates itself while we rest, and if we are lacking sleep, our skin can be impacted by this and look dull and tired.

Although these two products might work in a similar manner, there are some important differences to keep in mind. The main difference between a night cream and a night mask is that night creams tend to be heavier and more nourishing than a regular day cream, whereas a night mask tends to be lighter as it penetrates the skin and creates a seal to retain the moisture.

Night Creams

By using a night cream regularly, skin can look brighter and feel more hydrated. Many night creams contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as hyaluronic acids to benefit the skin. Night creams are thicker in consistency than other face creams and don’t contain SPF protection as UV damage is not a problem at night.

Night creams should be applied after cleansing at night, just before you go to bed. A good night cream will absorb easily and make your skin feel soft and moisturized when you wake in the morning.


Andalou Naturals Heavenly Night Cream is a gorgeous product that works to give your skin nourishment and hydration as you rest. The cream is also gluten-free, totally organic, vegan-friendly and hypoallergenic.

Andalou Naturals Heavenly Night Cream

Similarly, the Natural Even Advanced Sea Plus renewal night cream by Alba Botanica is a powerful and effective cream that works to even out pigmentation and reduce inflammation. It can also give the skin a more plumped-up appearance and contains antioxidants to help reduce the effects of sun, tiredness and stress.

Derma E produces two night creams. Their age-defying night crème with astaxanthin and pycnogenol is a super high-potency cream that has been fortified with superior antioxidants to help the skin fight the signs of aging, and their Hyaluronic Acid Night Crème is a rich, intense hydrating cream containing vitamins and antioxidants that help to soften the skin. All the ingredients in both creams are 100% vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free.

The Acure night cream with argan extract and chlorella is a luxury cream that has been specially formulated to brighten the skin. It is suitable for all skin types but particularly recommended for normal to dry skin and perfect for daily use. Free from parabens and sulfates, this cream contains a host of beneficial ingredients, including avocado fruit oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil and lavender oil, along with chamomile flower extract, making it one of the most luxurious creams on the market.

Acure night cream with argan extract and chlorella

Night Masks

Night masks contain ingredients that work as a barrier and a sealant. While the skin is renewing itself, a mask can help enhance this natural process by giving the skin the opportunity to moisturize and nourish itself.

Night masks are lighter than night creams and come in a gel-like formula. Night masks can be packed full of ingredients that combat anti-aging or skin irritations and dry skin conditions. They should be applied at night after cleansing and washed off in the morning. Simply apply to the face, avoiding the eyes, and let dry. Night masks don’t necessarily need to be used every night, especially the hydrating ones. Night masks can be used a couple of times a week for a really deep nourishing treatment, or when you are feeling particularly tired or have a breakout and need to calm the skin down and give it some TLC.


Derma E produces an Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A Night Serum, which is a lovely enriching serum that is easy to apply and helps renew the skin. It also reduces the appearance of aging by encouraging and stimulating skin renewal. The serum contains vitamin E and green tea as well as antioxidants and leaves the skin feeling super silky and smooth.

Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A Night Serum

Your skin needs looking after, especially your face as it is more exposed than other parts of your body. Your skin can be damaged by the sun and also dry out in harsh weather, but by protecting it from the elements and helping it recover at night while you sleep, you can prolong its youthfulness and make sure it looks its best, stays hydrated and feels moisturized and soft.

Try to ensure you use specially formulated night products as part of your daily beauty routine and get the right product for your skin type, age and lifestyle.

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