Lotions and creams do the same thing, right? Well yes, and no. They are both there to serve as moisturisers and to help hydrate one’s skin. But, they have slight differences and the one may be better than the other, depending on one’s skin type and the different seasons.
We can define lotions and creams by their viscosity. Lotions have a lower viscosity, which means they are thinner. These usually come in a pump-action bottle or one that you can squeeze. If you have normal to oily skin, then a lotion may be a better option for you as they are lighter and won’t weigh your skin down. Plus, you won’t need intense moisturisation, so the hydration abilities of lotions will be perfect for you.
As creams have a higher viscosity level, they usually come in a tub or a jar. They work well on dry skin as they offer more protection and moisture.
The weather also plays a big role in what product is best for our skin. Our skin changes throughout the seasons and you may find that during the warmer seasons you need a lighter moisturiser as your skin is not as dry as in the colder months. Play around with creams and lotions and find your happy medium. You may want to use a lotion during the day and apply a heavier cream before you go to sleep. At the end of the day, it’s all about what makes you feel good!
Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15, R310
Dermalogica Active Moist, R520
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15, R125
Ahava Age Control Even Tone Moisturiser, R530
POND’S Gold Radiance Youthful Night Repair, R189.95
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Night Cream, R218.95
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