There is a difference between creams and lotions.
Moisturizing is the key to maintaining your skin’s vibrancy and hydration. But, should you moisturize with cream or lotion? Is there a difference, and does that difference matter?
It is important to know the difference between a lotion and a cream.
Lotions are typically lighter and less greasy than creams. With higher water content, lotions are a mix of water and oil drops. Lotion is quickly absorbed by the skin and is good for normal to lightly dry skin. Additionally, lotion is an ideal summer and warm months’ skin care product.
Creams are also a mix of water and oil, but it is a 50/50 mix, which means that creams provide a heavier barrier for keeping your skin hydrated. Creams tend to feel greasier than lotions because they contain more oil than lotions.
Creams are best for very dry skin. It is also an ideal skin care product for winter and cold months. Do not use oil-based creams on your face unless your facial skin is extremely dry. Creams work well for hydrating and protecting your hands, feet, and legs.
Whether you choose a lotion or a cream, consider using fragrance free skin care products. Sometimes the term “unscented” can mean that a fragrance is being used to mask an odor in the ingredients. “Fragrance free” means that no fragrance has been added to the ingredients. If you want fragrance, you can build it by adding your perfume, after shave, or even essential oil after applying the lotion or cream.
For more assistance with the best hydrating skin care products, make an appointment with your dermatologist or an aesthetician.