The Best Skincare ingredients to use at night

Superhero No 1……. Vitamin A

Apply this baby at night and just imagine it putting up a fight to get rid of lines, wrinkles, dark spots and acne. 

What weapons does this superhero have? 

Speeds up cell turnover which means it is exfoliating your skin from the inside

Boosts Collagen meaning it keeps your face firm and young

Destroys those bad boys, the free radicals, before they can leave wrinkles and  darks spots on your skin

How to spot this superhero …

Look for:   


Retinol Palmitate

Tretinoin (retinoic acid- prescription only)

(if there’s a ‘retin’ in the name, it’s likely to be a type of Vitamin A)

Why should you use it at night?

Vitamin A is fab at fighting UV damage – at night!

During the day, it has the opposite effect and makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage!  

Use it at night and apply your sunscreen on in the morning!

Superhero No 2……..AHA’s + BHA’s

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) are exfoliants. 

They remove dead skin cells by dissolving the ‘glue’ that holds them together. 

Once those dead skin cells are off your face, your skin looks smoother, brighter and softer. 

Wrinkles and dark spots will have slightly faded too!

What is the difference?

 AHAs also hydrate your skin and boost collagen production

 BHA gets rid of blackheads and pimples!

Why use them at night?

Anything that removes dead skin cells allows the products that you put on your skin absorb better and work better. 

Remember, when you take these dead skin cells off, it stimulates new cells to come up to the surface.  

Also, when you remove this layer, you are thinning your skin       

and when UV rays hit your face, your skin is less protected.  

Therefore you must apply sunscreen in the morning.

Super hero No 3…….Vitamin C

This is a powerful antioxidant that can be applied day or night.   Vitamin C  keeps skin younger looking and glowing.

Reasons to love this superhero:

It boosts collagen production keeping you looking younger!

It destroys the free radicals that cause lines and wrinkles

It has an exfoliating effect that brightens your skin and fades dark spots

How to spot it in the ingredient list

L-ascorbic acid is the purest form

Ascorbyl acid palmitate

Ascobic acid polypeptide

Nb. If it has ‘ascorb’ in the name, it’s a form of vitamin C

Why should you Use it at Night?

It has an exfoliating effect, so it will thin the skin, making it more prone to sun damage. 

If you have sensitive skin then it can make more sense to use vitamin C at night.

PS.  I would make sure to apply sunscreen in the morning!

Superhero No 4………Nourishing Moisturisers

Look for any treatment moisturisers that contain more lipids and oils ……usually they are a bit thicker in texture.

If you have normal to dry skin, then make it smoother and softer with a richer moisturiser.  

When your skin is feeling tight then it is crying out for more moisture.

Why you should use them at night?

Did you know that your skin has its own circadian rhythm that tells it to repair and rejuvenate at a certain time?  

In the morning your skin produces its own natural moisturiser – sebum and this peaks at midday –  but this slows way down during the night.  

Also your skin becomes hotter during the night causing it to become dry.  So give your skin a good moisturising at night when it needs it.  

What Joanie thinks…

If you like using powerful ‘superhero’ skincare ingredients, you should always use sunscreen!   Using Vit C, Vit A or aha’s will help your skin renewal system by exfoliating,  but you must protect your skin from the sun in order that it doesn’t get irritated, upset or more lined!