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There are many good night creams on the market and I usually consider the pack claims and then check the ingredients to see if they can actually deliver. I also assess how well it sinks into my skin.
Ingredients of Interest
Shea butter - 2nd ingredient in terms of volume, very rich vegetable fat which is moisturising, anti-inflammatory, protects against UV rays and is quickly absorbed into the skin
Glycerin - cheap ingredient but effective in keeping in moisture
Sodium PCA - occurs naturally and helps skin keep in moisture
Light Cream, Rich Cream or Serum?
This is recommended for night time use, so its fine to have something heavier on the skin whilst sleeping. This feels heavy on application, but soon feels lighter as your skin drinks it in. The pack claims 25% Shea butter, which is quite decent amount of a vegetable oil priced around £5 / kg, also claims 24 hour protection and hydration and the glycerin and Sodium PCA would back up the 24 hour hydration claim. I find my skin looks plumper (in a nice way) and moisturised the following morning.
Be wary of products that take a long time to sink into the skin, these tend to contain a lot of silicones which do not really offer any benefit to the skin, they just feel amazing. Vegetable oils will be highly compabitible with the skin, and therefore get absorbed very quickly, almost like your skin is thirsty and is drinking it in.
Value for money - upper mass market price bracket at £29.50, available in most department stores and L'Occitane stores
Effectiveness - 24 hrs hydration with ingredients to back it up, my skin looks discernably plumped after using
Pampering factor - very high, feels super rich
Formulated with 25% shea butter, the Ultra Rich Face Cream intensely nourishes dry and very dry skin and effectively protects it against dryness and climatic damage. The sensation of tightness soon becomes a thing of the past; the skin feels absolute, unprecedented comfort. This cream stimulates the natural defences of the skin leaving it feeling stronger and softer. The skin barrier is better protected. Its rich, creamy texture makes it an ideal face balm for cold climates. Protection against skin dryness : Shea concentrate, the most active shea butter extract, is rich in reparative and protective esters. It contains phytosterols - lipids that are naturally present in plants which help to strengthen epidermal cells. This effective ingredient forms a protective barrier that has a perfect affinity with skin and helps combat the factors responsible for skin dryness.. Protection against harsh climatic elements: A combination of natural sugars (wheat and beetroot) reinforces the skin's ecosystem by protecting and stimulating the cutaneous flora which acts as a natural defence system. The skin's defence mechanisms are strengthened; it is more resilient and better protected. Non-comedogenic. Tolerance dermatologically tested. To use: Apply morning and evening on the face and neck, on clean and dry skin.