How to Find the Best Night Serum for Your Face | The Complete Night Serum Guide

Applying Night Serum

What if you could repair your skin while you slept and wake up to more refreshed-looking skin? It is possible with the help of a quality night serum. Come learn what night serum benefits your skin can experience by adding this powerful skincare product to your nighttime routine. If you are curious about using night serum but not sure where to start, follow our simple guide on how to find the best night serum for your face.

What is a Serum?

Before explaining how fantastic night serums are, let’s break down what a serum is first. A serum is a highly concentrated ingredient that will penetrate deeply into your skin.

How is Night Serum Different?

Our skin has different needs throughout the day. That is where serums come in. Since our skin is exposed to many environmental factors during the day, day serums often include a higher dose of antioxidants to fend off free radical damage. However, at night our skin craves something else. Our nighttime serums are heavy lifters as they help repair and replenish our skin while we sleep. Many night serums also include light-sensitive ingredients.

Night Serum Benefits

You might be wondering why you need another product in your bathroom cabinet, but night serums are a skincare powerhouse with a variety of benefits for your skin, such as:

  • Reduces Dark Spots
  • Decreases Inflammation
  • Diminishes the Appearance of Scars
  • Minimizes Fine Lines & Wrinkles

How Often to Use Night Serum

We asked Rita Almusa, MintPear’s Master Esthetician and Skin Expert, to provide a little insight into how frequently a nighttime serum should be used. “I recommend everyone use a night serum every single night. This is the time that your skin cells reproduce, and it’s the time that you get more oxygen flowing into your body. In addition, the night is the time for your skin to soak in all of the products that you put on your face without the interruption of environmental factors that impact absorption,” said Rita.

What Ingredients to Look for in a Night Serum

Retinols

Retinol is a synthetic form of vitamin A. Retinols help slow the signs of aging by diminishing the fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. It also encourages collagen production, helping to restore some of the youthful plumpness to your skin.

Peptides

A peptide is an amino acid. These amino acids create specific proteins, such as collagen and elastin, needed by the skin. Peptides, similar to retinol, help decrease the signs of aging. They help retain skin firmness while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are natural or manufactured compounds that help reduce and repair cell damage. For example, they naturally occur in foods such as fruits and vegetables. In skincare, commonly, they are in the form of ascorbic acid.

AHAs & BHAs

Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids are often used as chemical exfoliants in various skincare products. For example, AHAs and BHAs can be found in cleansers, toners, face masks, chemical peels, and serums. Examples of AHAs and BHAs are located below.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid Examples

  • Citric Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Glycolic Acid

Beta Hydroxy Acid Examples

  • Salicylic Acid
  • Trethocanic Acid
  • Beta Hydroxybutanoic Acid

Ingredients You Should Avoid

Avoid any products that contain parabens, fragrances that are not naturally occurring, sulfates, and colors.

When to Apply Night Serum at Night

After using your cleanser and toner, it is time to use your serum. Pump a pea-sized amount of serum onto your fingertips and apply it to your skin in an upward stroke. Skin Expert Rita Almusa shared, “A one-ounce serum should last 4-6 weeks even with daily use. If you are going through it faster than that, make sure you only use a small amount during each application. Remember to spread your nighttime serum down onto your neck and décolleté as well.”

Always finish your routine by applying your night cream. Although nighttime serums might have an oilier feel, it is still essential to use a moisturizer.

Rita’s Tips:
Always apply your night serum at least an hour before bed so it has time to absorb into your skin and not end up on your sheets and pillows. It’s also essential that you make a habit of sleeping on your back to get the full benefits of wearing a nighttime serum.

The Best Night Serums for Your Face

We asked Rita to share what she recommends for a quality nighttime serum. “As far as night serums, I recommend you apply the Rosehip night serum or any highly hydrating moisturizing serum, especially during dry winter months. Applying a night serum is even beneficial for humid climates because the nighttime is when your skin can absorb the benefits without being greasy during the day to help balance your oil production”, said Rita.

When asked about her nighttime serum routine, Rita said, “I personally like to apply the vitamin C serum at night because it’s not supposed to in the sun. Nighttime is when you want to wear any serum that includes vitamin C ingredients, retinol, or Retin-A. On top of the vitamin C serum, I like to apply and pat on a few drops of the Rosehip night serum.”

Rosehip Night Serum  

Our Rosehip Night Serum is an organic, pure, and all-natural nighttime treatment to repair and heal your skin’s texture and overall appearance. Also, this night serum is infused with Lavender Oil, Calendula Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, and other beneficial elements to repair your skin overnight. 

Benefits of Rosehip Night Serum

  • Diminishes Dark Spots, Wrinkles, and Fine Lines
  • Stimulates Elastin and Collagen Production for Firmer Skin
  • Decreases Inflammation
  • Excellent Source of Vitamin A- “Nature’s Retin A.”s

C Your Youth Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C Serum

If you want to lighten, tighten, and brighten your skin, then MintPear’s C Your Youth Vitamin C Serum is your answer. This collagen-boosting product is equivalent to receiving a collagen injection after using it consistently for two weeks. To learn more about our vitamin C serum, visit our Complete Vitamin C Serum Guide.

C Your Youth Vitamin C Benefits

  • Improves Overall Skin Tone
  • Diminishes Wrinkles and Fine Lines
  • Boosts Collagen Production
  • Drastically Fades Hyperpigmentation and Melasma
  • Improves Skin’s Firmness
  • Shrinks Pores

Collagen Serum

Collagen Serum

Replenish the youthful glow and plumpness of your skin with MintPear’s Clinically Proven Tripeptide Collagen Serum. This serum visibly alters the signs of aging and damaged skin by boosting your collagen and elastin production levels. Visit our Collagen Serum Guide to learn what amazing things collagen serum can do for your skin.

Collagen Serum Benefits

  • Visibly Reduces Deep Wrinkles and Wrinkles Volume
  • Increases Collagen Synthesis
  • Boosts Elastin Production
  • Smooths Skin
  • Improves Skin’s Firmness

Rita’s Serum Recommendation Based on Your Skin Type

  • Acne/Post Acne Marks: C Your Youth Vitamin C Serum
  • Wrinkles/Aging Skin/Fine Lines: Collagen Serum
  • Dull Skin: Rosehip Night Serum
  • Large Pores: C Your Youth Vitamin C Serum
  • Sun Damage/ Dark Spots: C Your Youth Vitamin C Serum

The Bottom Line

Adding a nighttime serum to your daily skincare routine can significantly impact the overall radiance of your skin. Although patience is required, these highly concentrated nighttime serums can make dramatic differences when used consistently. So why not try something that continues to work hard even when you are sleeping?

Night Serum Frequently Asked Questions

How Often Should I Use Night Serum?

A night serum can be applied nightly; however, three times per week will still yield results for those serums containing ingredients such as vitamin C.

Can I Layer Serums?

You can layer serums. However, your skin can only absorb so much. Try to alternate your serums every other day.

What Does Night Serum Do for Your Face?

The concentrated ingredients in nighttime serums help repair your damaged skin while you sleep.

Are Night Serums Necessary?

Serums can provide targeted treatment to focus on specific skin issues.

What is the #1 Night Serum?

The #1 Night Serum for MintPear is the Rosehip Night Serum. This is due to its healing potential of your skin, therefore improving skin texture and appearance.

What Does Night Serum Do for Your Face?

A night serum delivers concentrated ingredients that target skin issues such as acne, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and discoloration. In addition, they also provide essential hydration.

Do I Need Moisturizer After Night Serum?

Although night serums often have an oilier base, a moisturizer is still needed after applying a nighttime serum.

At What Age Should We Use Face Serum?

Although you might not start seeing fine lines and wrinkles until you are in your 30’s, we recommend that you begin using serums beginning in your mid 20’s.

Katie Pierson

Katie is a freelance writer and marketer with a passion for the health and wellness industry. She has been a certified health and fitness professional for almost twenty years. She currently holds ten certifications and looks forward to sharing her passion for health and wellness with you.

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