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April 2020 (Vol. 5 Issue 2)

Natural night creams, balms & oils
About the author: 
Joanna Evans

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A selection of nourishing night creams, balms and oils made from 100 percent natural ingredients

The skin's needs are different during the day and night, so it makes sense to use a facial night cream or treatment—one that's focused on repairing and regenerating rather than protecting and defending. Plus, nighttime is the perfect opportunity to deliver an intensive dose of nutrients to your skin and address any complexion concerns like dryness, redness, oiliness or blemishes.

Here are five fabulous nighttime skincare products with WDDTY's Healthy Shopping stamp of approval. All are made with only natural ingredients and brimming with skin-nourishing vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids to feed your face while you sleep.

Best for: all skin types

Perfect Night's Sleep Face Oil, $55 (0.94 fl oz / 28 mL); tel: 800-377-8771
The heavenly scent of this facial oil—an all-natural blend of pure essential oils including lavender, chamomile and jasmine—is designed to help you relax and prepare for sleep, while the nutrient-packed oils of sweet almond, coconut, olive, apricot kernel and rosehip get to work soothing and restoring the skin. Massage two to three drops into your face, then cup your hands together and breathe in and out slowly to get the aromatherapy benefits.

Best for: combination skin

Night Cream for Renewed Recovery, $75.84 (1.69 fl oz / 50 mL)
Infused with ingredients from the Amazonian rainforest, this aloe juice- and rose water-based cream works overnight to hydrate, repair and balance the skin. Extracts of white lily and pfaffia (Brazilian ginseng) are said to reduce redness and inflammation, while nourishing oils of argan, babassu and jojoba address dryness and dullness. A day cream, face mask, eye serum and face serum are also available in Ila's Renewed Recovery range.

Best for: dry, sensitive skin
Night Balm, $89 (1.5 fl oz / 45 mL); tel: 646-934-6601
Ideal if you suffer from dehydrated or sensitive skin, this 100 percent organic balm is a concentrated combination of moisturizing plant oils including sesame, sunflower, jojoba and macadamia seed oils, along with soothing herbal extracts like lavender, calendula and rose. The vitamin-rich, water-free formula melts into the skin beautifully, and a little goes a long way.

Best for: mature skin

Pomegranate Firming Night Cream, $37 (1 fl oz / 30 mL); tel: 800-241-1030
This rich cream is part of Weleda's Awakening skincare range, which features cold-pressed pomegranate seed oil for its skin-regenerating properties. Also containing oils of argan, sesame, sunflower, borage, millet and wheat germ, as well as shea butter, the potent cream is incredibly nourishing and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated come morning.

Best for: problem skin

Moonlight Catalyst, $77
(1.59 fl oz / 47 mL);
tel: 973-543-2826
Packaged in a beautiful glass bottle, this hardworking serum stars 16 active ingredients including fermented pumpkin enzymes to exfoliate and renew, willow bark extract to clear pores and tackle acne and xylitylglucoside—an ingredient derived from plant sugars—to hydrate and plump the skin. Antioxidant-rich extracts of peach, plum, rosehip, sea buckthorn and Hawaiian sea algae also feature for their free radical-fighting effects.

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