best anti aging night cream for 40s

In this post, we will be discussing the Best Anti Aging Night Cream For 40s, best anti aging skin care products for 40s, best night cream for glowing skin, and best anti aging cream. After months of intensive research into anti-ageing night creams, we’ve whittled down the overflowing box of samples to just 12. We set the bar high with our requests and these creams delivered. The skin should look rested and radiant the morning after, with lines softened and pores reduced.

Best anti aging night cream for 40s



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The circadian rhythm is the body’s pattern of functioning over a 24-hour period. Skin cells are at their most productive when we sleep and are therefore particularly receptive to nourishment and the active botanicals that can tackle ageing.

Apply at night after cleansing, toning and serum if you use one. Leave a few minutes for the serum to soak in and then apply the night cream. Don’t immediately hop into bed and lie down, or else the cream won’t have had a chance to sink in and it’ll all be wasted on your pillow.

Goldfaden MD Plant Profusion Regenerative Night Cream, 50ml: £140, Space.NK

Every so often we find something that unreservedly exceeds our expectations. And that’s exactly what happened with this, Goldfaden’s light, airy, souffle-esque cream. It’s so light, you can’t believe it has enough oomph to be a nourishing night cream, but the results in the morning tell you otherwise. Its potent ingredients blend together to soften fine lines, lift sagging skin and stimulate collagen production. The natural citrus oil gives it a zesty freshness. This brand is renowned for developing products that combine organic, natural active plant cells and antioxidant-rich botanicals, avoiding the use of parabens, petro-chemicals, mineral oils, alcohol and silicone. If luxury skincare is where you spend out, then this is worth every single penny.

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Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum, 60ml: £68, Look Fantastic

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This is one of the firmest balms we’ve tested, feeling as stiff as a cleansing balm or lip balm. It’s labelled as a serum and definitely has the power of a serum, but you don’t need a moisturiser on top, so it’s effectively a night cream with an unusual texture. Scoop a little out, warm it up by gently massaging between your fingertips before applying and you’ll find it just melts away into your skin almost immediately, delivering velvety smoothness and nourishment. It leaves our skin so radiant and glowing (thanks to brightening and regenerating alguronic acid), it’s almost a shame to use it at bedtime. As well as visibly reducing fine lines, it also refines dull, uneven texture and recharges tired skin. This is a night cream for the first visible signs of ageing and may not be rich enough for very mature complexions.

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By Terry Cellularose Liftessence Fundamental Repairing Night Cream, 30g: £120, Cult Beauty

This is a violet-coloured balm, which is quite unexpected when you first open the jar. The balm feels really stiff, but once out of the pot, warmed up and on the skin, it melts almost instantly. It’s packed with ingredients to help boost collagen production, night jasmine to increase skin firmness and density, and everyone’s favourite, hyaluronic acid, to swell cells and boost skin’s plumpness. The rose scent is very relaxing at bedtime. It worked wonders, particularly after late nights (or those where we’re woken up by the children), when we would usually wake up looking exhausted.

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Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream, 60ml: £29.50, John Lewis

“Everything your skin needs, and nothing it doesn’t” – that’s the Trilogy tagline, and the brand believes everything you need for healthy skin can be found in nature. Certified as organic by New Zealand’s BioGro organisation, Rosapene is a skin-repairing, collagen-boosting product, packed full of rose hip oil and antioxidants. It has quite a stiff feeling to it when you first apply, but as it warms, it sinks in easily. The scent is extremely relaxing, with a blend of rose, frankincense and geranium. Choose this cream if you want your beauty to be as natural and chemical-free as possible.

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Clarins Multi-Active Nuit Normal to Combination Skin, 50ml: £44, Clarins

Normal and combination complexions suffer in the anti-ageing market, as so many creams are just too rich and can make breakouts or oily skin worse. But if you’re showing the first signs of ageing and are struggling to find a night cream, then look no further. The relaxing floral scent of jasmine, heliotrope and freesia are perfect for soothing the mind before bed – think of it as sleep in a jar – and the light, fresh texture doesn’t clog or leave the skin feeling heavy. It boosts radiance and revives dull, tired skin, toning and increasing moisture, and reducing visible fine lines.

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Cult 51 Night Cream, 50ml: £100, Look Fantastic

This is packed with skin-drenching ingredients, oils to lock in that moisture and vitamin C and E to fight fine lines and age spots. One of the more unusual ingredients – dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate – is a synthetic peptide also known as Sy-nake. It mimics a peptide found in snake venom, which paralyses the victim, and this synthetic equivalent in effect paralyses the muscles. If the muscles can’t move as freely, those laughter and smile lines around your eyes and mouth won’t be on repeat making deeper wrinkles – a similar idea to botox, but the muscles aren’t actually frozen. A little goes a long way, you only really need a pea-sized amount, and its moisturising capabilities are great for dry and eczema-prone skin. We saw significant, visible results after a few weeks using Cult 51.

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Skyn Iceland Oxygen Infusion Night Cream, 56g: £49, Marks & Spencer

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Dull, over-stressed skin needs some serious TLC and this potent overnight treatment is just the ticket. Prolonged stress has a massive impact on our skin and can actually cause quite severe premature ageing. The chemical response in your body to stress is to produce hormones like cortisol, which in turn tells glands in your skin to produce more oil. That’s why a huge spot often appears before an interview, or a first date, for instance. So if you notice a correlation between stressful periods in your life and your skin taking a downward turn, then this is the cream for you. It’s packed with essential vitamins, peptides and natural botanical extracts, designed to nurture skin back into a healthy, less irritable state. It works especially well with blemish-prone skin, hives and stress-related itching. It’s a real skin-softener too, delightful to use at bedtime and, despite its richness, it’s easy to work into the skin. Once on, it feels light and easy to wear, with a fresh, fruity scent.

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REN V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream, 50ml: £34, REN Skincare

REN was one of the first brands to really commit to clean beauty, with a ban on skincare nasties, such as parabens and sulphates. This night cream has frankincense as one of its main ingredients, which contains muscle-relaxing properties. As we know, if muscles are relaxed and not working to their full potential, then the creation of future lines and wrinkles is minimised. Vitamin C boosts radiance and helps in the production of collagen, vitamin E fights skin-ageing free radicals, while vitamin A stimulates cell renewal for a strong protective barrier. All these ingredients together create a cream that visibly softens fine lines. It’s relatively rich, but doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy feeling – once massaged in, it left the skin softened but with no feeling of anything actually being there. If you like your beauty clean and don’t like the feeling of a rich, thick cream, then go for V-Cense.

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M&S Beauty Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, 50ml: £22, Marks & Spencer

Night creams don’t need to be expensive, if you do your research carefully there are some great high street brands that deliver very effective anti-ageing benefits across many skincare products. This one from M&S delivered above and beyond what I expected from a cream around the £20 price point. It’s a firm cream to scoop up, but at the same time almost gel-like in its lightness. Moisturising hyaluronic acid, anti-wrinkle peptides and skin-brightening actives all blend together to supercharge your beauty sleep. Three weeks using this cream and my skin was visibly smoother and felt ultra nourished – perhaps a little too much for my sometimes combination skin, so probably best suited to mature and ultra dry complexions.

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A’kin Age Defy Firming Night Cream, 50ml: £28.50, Feel Unique

This is quite a dense cream, with not an awful lot of slip – but slip often comes from silicone and this isn’t a cream that uses unnecessary chemicals. It’s packed with botanicals, most of them certified-organic, including shea butter, macadamia oil and echium seed oil, as well as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to give intense hydration. It feels like it has a lifting effect too, and after about three weeks’ use, our skin texture felt smoother as well.

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Trish McEvoy Even Skin Vitamin C Cream, 30ml: £52, Selfridges

Not only do we have to contend with gravity sending everything south as we age, but pigmentation is also a real problem for lots of us. On the bright side, it is relatively easy to resolve with the right lotions and potions – vitamin C is what you need to be looking out for if pigmentation is your ageing issue. This fragrance- and paraben-free cream feels a little tingly when you apply (as with many skincare products containing active ingredients), but the effects on evening out skin tone and combatting dull, lacklustre skin is very good. After just a weeks’ use, our skin was much brighter and our complexion looked youthful. Don’t forget: if you are using a cream with potent ingredients, particularly if there is a tingling sensation, you should wear an SPF30 minimum during the day.

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Darphin Predermine Sculpting Night Cream, 50ml: £95, Darphin

This was the thickest and most solid of the creams tested, not dissimilar to the old-fashioned Pond’s Cold Cream, but once warmed up between the fingertips it melts into the skin easily. It’s suited to very mature complexions. Necks, cheeks and skin around the mouth all experience a slackening in texture as collagen decreases with age, and this firming, lifting product gets to work at night helping

everything back into place. Obviously nothing will lift it back to where it once was, but if you have early signs then this would be worth a go. And if you already have some significant dropping, then Darphin will certainly help slow it down. The night-blooming tuberose scent is great for unwinding at bedtime. You get a complimentary facial sculpting massage tool as well with online purchases via the Darphin website

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