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Is there a difference between day cream and night cream? And which should you use?

Our skin has a variety of needs, and these can change depending on the season, and even the time of day. Here’s how environmental exposure and ingredients factor in.


During the day, we’re more likely to encounter increased sun exposure. Some products may exacerbate sensitivity to sun. Ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) can increase sensitivity to UV radiation. While other ingredients, like Vitamin E, can help bolster skin’s UV defense. Additionally resveratrol helps to protect skin from damage from free radicals – the particles generated by UV rays and environmental factors that harm skin cells.

For high efficacy, daytime moisturizers are meant to deeply hydrate your skin while absorbing quickly. Ingredients like Vitamin B5 help to boost hydration and reduce moisture loss. Ideally a good day cream, like MultiV6 Multivitamin Day Cream, works to increase hydration and protect skin from environmental damage.


Overnight, our skin experiences different needs. While we sleep, we tend to lose moisture and in the morning our skin can feel dehydrated.

Night creams are focused on slower-absorbing moisturization. They may penetrate skin over several hours, versus several minutes. To achieve this deep moisturization, night creams may include richer ingredients or oils, and anti-aging ingredients may be included at a higher concentration. Additionally there’s no need for an SPF or sun protection overnight.

An effective night cream, like MultiV6 Multivitamin Night Cream, combines avocado oil with moisturization agents like glycerin and squalane, a natural antioxidant and moisturizer, which is helpful for extra dry skin.

Combining a day cream and a night cream and using them when they’re most effective is the best way to keep skin healthy and protected 24-hours a day.


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