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5 Best Night Creams, According to Skincare Experts

Night creams that brighten skin in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.

A good anti-aging night cream should restore moisture, fight wrinkles, and reduce dark spots overnight and overtime. There are plenty of formulas out there that cost a ton of money, but these winners — backed by the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — work just as hard at a fraction of the price.

The GH Beauty Lab regularly tests moisturizers of all kinds, and for our most recent night cream test, we rounded up 125 top night creams, narrowing the field to a final nine to find the best of the best with consumer and Lab testing. We recruited a panel of women aged 35+ to test each product daily for four weeks, giving feedback on its performance and overall satisfaction. Meanwhile, in the Lab, we measured for moisturization, firmness, and the improvement in the appearance of texture, skin tone, and wrinkles.

After tallying up scores from 2,035 questions, 2,640 hydration data points, and 4,560 data points from our complexion analyzer, we found the best night creams on the market. The below drugstore night creams are a collection of top-tested products in the Lab and GH Seal-holders, so you can rest assured knowing we stand by these picks.

1: Olay Regenerist

BEST ANTI-AGING DRUGSTORE NIGHT CREAM
Retinol 24 Night Facial Cream

In recent Beauty Lab tests, this drugstore retinol formula scored highest for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, brightening skin, and hydrating. 100% of consumer testers agreed that it made skin feel more moisturized, and Lab tests confirmed, seeing a 20% increase in skin’s moisturization after just six hours and a 27% increase in firmness over four weeks. “It seemed to work as well as my prescription retinoid,” said one tester. “When I woke up each morning, my skin was firmer and smoother,” raves another, adding, “I can see that fine lines are less noticeable.”

2: Garnier

BEST VALUE DRUGSTORE NIGHT CREAM
SkinActive Miracle Anti-Fatigue Night Cream

 

Thanks to hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid, this night cream hydrates and renews skin overnight to reduce the appearance of fine lines while hydrating. The Good Housekeeping Seal star’s formula is infused with a calming lavender scent to help you drift off to sleep.

3: Neutrogena

MOST POPULAR DRUGSTORE NIGHT CREAM ON AMAZON
Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer

This GH Seal star is packed with a fast-acting and stabilized form of retinol to boost collagen production to minimize fine lines by amping up cell turnover. In recent testing, the day cream was also a standout with consumers saying they love that the retinol formula is effective without irritation. It also boasts over 4,000 reviews on Amazon with an average 4.2-star rating.

4: L’Oreal Paris

BEST FIRMING DRUGSTORE NIGHT CREAM
Revitalift Volume Filler Night Cream

This gel-like cream received high marks in our tests for firming and moisturizing. It led to a 36% boost in skin firmness in four weeks, plus a 40% rise in moisturization, thanks to hyaluronic acid that attracts over one thousand times its weight in water.

5: L’Oreal Paris

BEST DRUGSTORE NIGHT CREAM FOR GLOWING SKIN
Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream Moisturizer

Apply this GH Seal star formula before bed for hydrated, refreshed skin. Ingredients like glycerin and beeswax hydrate and keep skin looking and feeling moisturized, while powerful anti-agers like LHA, a gentle derivative of salicylic acid, helps to stimulate surface skin renewal and slough off dull skin.

[Via goodhousekeeping]

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