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Night creams are for health
as well as beauty

March 2017

woman applying cream in the mirror

It is not just women who use night creams these days…and night creams are not used just so we can keep looking as young as possible…although of course that is always a great bonus!!

Today much more is known about the importance of skin in our overall health.

Skin is the largest organ in our body…and it is hugely important. It serves many useful functions, helping to protect our body from infectious organisms such as parasites, bacteria or viruses that can cause disease; it repels water, minimises water loss and also of course gives a protective elastic covering to underlying structures such as blood vessels, nerves and organs.

The skin on our face is no less important than the skin on our arms, it needs to be looked after and kept as healthy as possible.

Women have a particular problem because, in the five years following menopause, skin can lose up to 50% of its thickness and 35% of its collagen.

This is why it is considered a particularly good idea for our age group to use a night cream before going to bed.  While during the day skin is kept busy fighting against problems in the environment, at night the skin switches on its rest and repair mode. Night creams are generally made specifically to take advantage of that.

Night creams have been around all our lives, so thought we would quickly have a look at some of the new creams and developments that have come onto the market recently .

Because of vigorous competition, it can be hard to find out exactly what the latest developments are in night creams, so we decided to turn to the top of the top brands that we have known from childhood and are also still top favourites with our age group.

oil of olayOlay is definitely a name most of us will have known from our youth but since their early beginnings in 1952, when a South African chemist Graham Wolff created the original pink beauty fluid, the company has invested massively in research.

Possibly because of its early beginnings from a chemist rather than a beautician, the company has always been at the cutting edge of developments to keep skin looking fresh and wrinkle free. Today it works with the world’s leading dermatologists and other skin specialists to produce products that work at cellular level.

olay regeneristOlay’s  latest development is Regenerist 3 Point Age-Defying Night Cream based around a 24 hour clock of regenerating ageing skin cells. This includes a range of hugely scientific names including penta-peptides Pal-KTTKS, fragments of a collagen molecule; niacinamide (B3) to help maintain the skin’s own moisture barrier; olivem, which comes from olive oil and modified to increase the penetration of the cream’s ingredients deeper into the skin and Lys’Lastine V, which is designed to improve the skin’s elasticity.


nivea Q10 plusNivea is a brand even our parents would have recognised, but of course its products have also moved forward dramatically over the years. The brand actually started in  1890 when a leading dermatologist told the owner of a Hamburg based laboratory about an innovative emulsifying agent called Eucerit, an old Greek word for beautiful wax. They developed the world’s first stable oil and water based cream suitable for mass production in 1911 and called it Nivea from nix and nivis, Latin words for snow.

Recently Nivea developed its Q10 Plus range is based around the coenzyme Q10 which is also known as ubiquinone. It is a fat soluble substance which resembled a vitamin and contains some y complex ingredients including some free-radical scavenging antioxidant aspects.

The latest Nivea’s Q10 anti-wrinkle night cream has been designed to replenish overnight the skin’s own Q10 and also the skin’s creatine, helping keep the skin moist and healthy and, according to Nivea’s research, help the fight of the appearance of wrinkles.

There are of course many many other brands that today also produce excellent product for our age group.


clarins night creamClarins, another top name for seniors, was started by a French masseur in 1954, but this unlikely beginning quickly turned into a French luxury skincare range. Recently they have been undertaking extensive scientific research working in partnership with some august bodies such as the National Institute of Health and Medical Research.

This has lead to Clarins including natural plant extracts in their super Restorative Night Cream to compensate for the loss of hormonal influences. In their Super Restorative Night Cream Clarins has included the organic plant extract Montpellier Rose to help counteract the changes in the skin that cause age spots.

L’Oreal is another brand that while not so well recognised in our youth is now a world leader in skin care products for our age. The company was first started in France in 1909 when a young chemist Eugene Schueller developed the first hair dye formula using a blend of harmless chemical compounds. This was considered an outstanding breakthrough at the time and the brand L’Oreal was born.

L’Oreal today still works with top chemists to produce breakthrough products and its latest night cream, L’Oreal Plenitude Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Night Cream contains pro-retinol A and fibre-elastyl to help plump as well as nourish the skin while you are asleep.

And so the list goes on. It is great that so many brands are working so hard to give us great products to help look after our skin and keep us healthy as well as looking young.  Night creams are certainly not to be underestimated!


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