Why night-specific products are a must for your bedtime routine.

elevate editors favourite night creams

As a faithful Elevate reader, you surely have your skin-care routine down pat. But are you using specialized night creams and serums? Beauty sleep is more than just an old wives’ tale: Products formulated for nighttime use a different balance of ingredients than day creams, and are usually more potent.

One of the most popular ingredients in night creams is retinol, since it’s a photosensitive ingredient (meaning it loses its efficacy when exposed to the light). Retinol is the most concentrated form of vitamin A, so you’ll want to make sure it’s working at its best!

When you’re in REM sleep, your organs are repairing themselves from the stresses of the day—this includes your skin. Maximize this time and feed your skin the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and glowing.

Here are some of our favourites for you to try:

Citric Acid: Refresh Botanicals Night Restore Complex, ($24, refreshbotanicals.com)

refresh botanicals night cream

Glycolic Acid: Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel, ($14.95, mass retailers)

rodial night cream

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA): Philosophy The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel, ($89, Sephora and sephora.ca)

microdelivery peel face moisturizer

MATRIXYL synthe’6: Nova C60 Night Cream, ($49.99, novac60.com)

nova c60 night cream

Meteorite Extract: Filorga Skin Absolute Fond Blanc, ($195, Holt Renfrew Bloor and Yorkdale)

filorga meteorite night cream