Moisturizing 101: Cream vs Lotion

Like most people, you want to keep your skin soft and hydrated. But doing so can get complicated, especially with all the products that are available.

For instance, choosing between cream vs lotion isn’t as easy as it might seem. That’s why it’s important to know the difference between the two, including their benefits and ingredients. Let’s take a closer look:

What is Lotion?
Perhaps the biggest difference between lotion and cream is that lotions have a higher water content. A lotion is typically a mix of water and droplets of oil, is lighter weight than cream, and is non-greasy.

What is Cream?
Like lotion, a cream is a blend of oil and water, but with a higher oil concentration (a 50-50 ratio of water and oil). Creams are thicker in consistency than lotions and provide a barrier that keeps skin ultra-hydrated. Body cream is usually sold in a jar container or tub because of its thickness.

Creams do feel greasier than most lotions because of their higher percentage of oil.

What are the Benefits of Lotion?
Because body lotion is more readily absorbed by the skin – due to its lower viscosity than cream – it’s excellent for normal to slightly dry skin. It leaves a less greasy residue than cream and is ideal for use during the day and in hot summer months.

What are the Benefits of Cream?
Like lotion, body cream is used to treat and prevent dry, cracked skin while keeping it supple and moisturized. Because it provides a barrier that provides ultra-hydration, it’s best for dry to excessively dry skin and for normal skin during the harsher winter months.

Note: Oil-based creams should not be used on your face unless you have excessive dryness. But they’re ideal for dry skin on your hands, feet, and legs.

Are you unsure about or need advice when choosing cream vs lotion for your skin? Contact us for a consultation.

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