Why Dermatologists don’t use your average night time moisturizer.

Night time moisturizers in many circumstances have been a marketing success rather than a breakthrough in skin care. Some products, however, are quite helpful. The market is flooded with products that in essence do nothing, “You have a lot of high-priced night creams that really don’t have the bang for the buck,” according to Dr. Patricia K. Farris, a New Orleans dermatologist.

Moisturizer Makers Often Exaggerate Effects

Producers hyperbolize the effects of their creams and moisturizers in order to sell, pandering to women’s self esteem issues and insecurities. Dr. L. Baumann, professor of dermatology in at a highly regarded university in Florida believes that, “Companies make all kinds of statements the skin and its night-time activities. They say that the skin does all sorts of special processes that it doesn’t do during the day. And this is just false. There’s no proof in much of what they say.”

According to Doctors There are Several Proven Anti-Aging Compounds

Retinol, Vitamin C, and certain Peptides (proteins) have been proven anti-aging compounds. “Night time moisturizers should contain retinol because sunlight renders retinol inactive,” according to Dr. Baumann. Dermatologists unanimously agree that a good night cream should contain Peptides and Vitamin C because they boost collagen production. Doing so reduces wrinkles and helps increase skin firmness.

To be effective a night time moisturizer must (a) contain the right ingredients (retinol, vitamin C, and peptides) in the right concentration and (b) be used for a long enough period of time to activate and work. Typically for at least five hours a night for eight weeks. If the creams are used inconsistently, the desired results will not be achieved. According to Seattle, Washington dermatologist Dr. Sandy Read, “A moisturizer will not do any good unless it is given enough time to penetrate the skin.”

The Bottom Line

Price does not necessarily indicate the quality of a night time moisturizer. Before you purchase though, look for those that contain proven anti-aging products like retinol, vitamin C, and peptides. A resource that I recommend is http://www.nighttimemoisturizers.com. This site focuses exclusively on night creams and night time moisturizers. This online portal contains a wealth of information regarding the use and efficacy of night time moisturizers and research on the subject. Do not succumb to the unwarranted claims and do not purchase products that don’t contain the right compounds in the proper concentrations. A good night time moisturizer will help soothe the skin, increase collagen production and fight the effects of aging.

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