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Day Cream vs. Night Cream: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Barb Maynard on 15th Nov 2020

 Day Cream vs. Night Cream: What’s the Difference?

You want beautiful, youthful-looking skin? Then don’t skip that moisturizer! Properly moisturizing your face is an essential step in your daily skincare routine. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve been through more than your fair share of moisturizers. (Trust me when I tell you that I’ve tried it all!)

Most of us ladies have no shortage of moisturizers, but how are we supposed to know what the right face cream is for the right season and time of day? The options are endless!

Is There a Difference Between Day and Nighttime Moisturizers?

Well, honey, the short answer is YES! There is a difference. When we get ready in the morning, our goal is both to moisturize and protect our skin. In the summertime or in warmer climates, we generally want a lightweight moisturizer (maybe even a gel for more oily skin) that contains a natural SPF to protect against damaging UV rays, pollution, and free radicals in the environment.

In the cooler months, it’s typically best to use a slightly thicker moisturizer in the mornings to hold in hydration and avoid unsightly chapped, flakey skin. Day creams should be light, non-greasy, and easily absorbed as they’ll likely be the first layer under your makeup. Just don’t forget that sunscreen, the most important key to maintaining youthful skin.

Nighttime is when we bring out the heavier moisturizers containing ingredients that support the renewal and regeneration of our skin while we sleep. Depending upon your skin goals, whether you’re looking for anti-aging, brightening, or hydration-boosting, your ingredient stack will vary. When we sleep, our skin is no longer having to fight against the damaging factors it faces throughout the daytime hours. Nighttime is when our entire body is programmed to detox, repair, and renew. And since our skin is our largest organ, our choice of night cream should support this natural rejuvenation process.

Day Cream vs. Night Cream: Why You Need Both

Now that we know the difference between moisturizers meant for daytime versus heavier creams meant for nighttime, do we really need both? Well, that depends. If you’re a one-size-fits-all skincare minimalist without serious skincare goals, then maybe there is a cream that works for you 24 hours a day. If your daytime moisturizer doesn’t contain an SPF, be sure to apply that separately each morning before going outdoors (even on cloudy, overcast days!). Ideally, however, we’re going to see the best results from using two separate moisturizers.

Daytime moisturizers contain skin regenerating peptides and protective antioxidants such as vitamin C. A great day cream will replace lost moisturize after your morning shower and keep your skin glowing all day long. It also provides a great base for your mineral foundation. Keep your skin in balance by simply choosing the best day cream for you.

Your night cream is your evening workhorse, the moisturizer that gets down to business deep within the layers of your skin while you get your beauty sleep. Who doesn’t want to fight wrinkles while they catch some z’s? While your skin cells are busy replacing themselves throughout the night, it’s your night cream that gives your skin a boost, holds in moisture, and combats the signs of premature aging. Don’t forget to slather that night cream over your neck and chest, too, as these areas tend to be more delicate and show signs of damage sooner.

Barb’s Best Moisturizers for Day and Night

If you’re looking for effective moisturizers that won’t break your budget, look no further than these two options available exclusively through Southern Magnolia Minerals:

Firm & Facelift Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenation Cream

Finally! Smooth, tight, younger-looking skin without hurting your wallet OR putting toxins into your body! None of us want to think about it, but skin aging is inevitable. Fortunately, there are things we can do to age gracefully and combat damage to our skin. Enter Southern Magnolia's Firm & Facelift Rejuvenation Cream, a miraculous natural alternative to all the harsh, sometimes scary, anti-aging techniques and products on the market today!

Benefit Highlights:

  • Absorbs deep into the skin to restore and renew a youthful appearance
  • Lifts & firms sagging skin
  • Evens out skin texture & tone
  • Helps eliminate age & sun spots
  • See immediate results, with further results showing up on a continual basis
  • Reduce crepe-textured skin
  • Super-hydrate & moisturize dry, cracked, or damaged skin
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles

To Use: Simply apply once or twice a day, as needed, smoothing over clean skin. Apply to your face, neck, decolletage, hands, or whole body!

Skin Revival Night Firming Cream

If you want tight, smooth, firm, and healthy-looking skin then Southern Magnolia's night cream is a dream come true! We formulated this moisturizer for mature skin; however, regardless of age, your skin will benefit from the infusion of antioxidants, plant extracts, and vitamins! Skin that once lacked vitality will be plump, soft, smooth, and hydrated. Use this cream regularly to improve skin tone, decrease facial sagging and neck folds, and reduce fine lines and age spots in maturing skin.

Benefit Highlights:

  • Rich with powerful nutrients to repair & regenerate damaged, distressed skin
  • DMAE & MSM work together to decrease facial sagging and neck folds
  • Reveal youthful healthy radiant skin that is tight and tone
  • For all skin types especially sensitive, red irritated skin
  • Formulated without chemicals, gluten, perfume, oil, dyes
  • 75% organic. Made in the USA. Cruelty-free. Vegan

To Use: On cleansed skin, apply dots of cream all over face and throat and massage in with upward strokes.

So there you have it, ladies. I hope this helps you understand why we believe that using both a day cream and a night cream is the best idea for your skin. If our team at Southern Magnolia Minerals can answer your questions or help you put together the right skincare routine for your unique skin concerns, we would LOVE to hear from you! Don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us, okay?


As always, our promise to you is to inspire you to embrace your natural imperfections and empower your own genuine, authentic beauty. Our goal is to live, laugh, and love naturally with healthy, pure makeup and skincare that truly works using safe simple ingredients...this is our real beauty!