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GEL CREAMS VS. NIGHT CREAMS


Gel cream or night cream? We’re putting confusion to rest.


JULES C on MAY 19, 2019



There may be some confusion between gel creams and night creams (or sleeping packs/masks), especially with the abundance of options available in the K-beauty world. Thankfully, the two are easy to differentiate. Gel creams are lighter moisturizers ideal for daytime use. Night creams/sleeping packs are usually richer or heavier than a gel cream, and are worn overnight to enrich the skin. Both serve the same purpose of helping to seal in hydration at the end of a skincare routine.


Gel creams are usually lighter than a traditional western face cream. Gel creams are great for finishing off a morning skincare routine due to being light and sinking into the skin quickly. These usually work great as a final step before sunscreen.  Gel creams vary in formulation – some are a hybrid of gel and cream, and others may be more jelly-like in texture. These moisturizers are also ideal for oily skin, as they provide the necessary humectants to retain skin moisture without causing excess sebum production.



CAOLION PEACE WATER Aqua Fresh Gel Day Cream 50g

COSRX Hydrium Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream 50ml

TONYMOLY The Chok Chok Green Tea Gel Cream 60ml



Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream 80ml

iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream 60ml


Night creams/sleeping packs are richer than gel creams or other lightweight hydrators. Some night creams may have the texture of a western face cream, or they may just be a richer version of a gel cream with some extra occlusive ingredients.  Just because you’re using a night cream or sleeping pack doesn’t mean you have to skip out on a regular moisturizer – layering a gel cream underneath the night cream allows for even more hydration.



LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask 70ml

Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream 50ml

secretKey Snow White Cream 50g



Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Cream 50ml

MISSHA Time Revolution Night Repair Probio Ampoule Cream 50ml


Almost every K-beauty brand offers a lightweight gel cream and a more substantial night cream or sleeping pack. You can easily find one highlighting your ingredients of choice – snail, honey, and centella to name a few; gel creams are often a product that is offered with new up and coming ingredients. Both products are ubiquitous in multi-step routines, and can even be mixed and matched – a nourishing night cream may be perfect if your sunscreen of choice happens to be more drying, and a gel cream may be a better fit on humid summer nights.

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