To lotion, or to cream?

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Lotions versus creams

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!

We love…

Lotions
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

Creams
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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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. JADE

    Ponds Golden radiance is the best choice iv made – it almost instantly gives my face a beautiful glowy alive look as my skin is very dry. Highly recommend it

    4 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Love creams, lotions and body butter. Yum!

    4 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    Great article; I prefer creams in Winter & Lotions in Summer.

    4 years ago •

  1. Fuhri

    Never even thought of this, thanks, cream here I come.

    4 years ago •

  1. Lebo

    I use lotion on my face because its oily. On my body it depends whether its winter or summer.In winter i use creams and in summer i use lotions

    4 years ago •

  1. AmyR

    I prefer creams because of the deeply moisturized feeling it gives

    4 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    I prefer lotions in summer, from face to body. But in winter I prefer a thick cream or body butter for my body, and a cream for my face, especially at night.

    4 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Thank you very much for the info. I have never taken note of this before.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ellashairrevelation

    I tend to use a cream during winter for my combination skin and a lotion and gel combo during the summer( Clinique Dramatically Different range).

    4 years ago •

  1. NicoleLom

    Very informative. Just a pity that most moisturizers don’t really say whether they’re a lotion or a cream. My nimue night cream is just called ” moisturizer plus”, for example

    4 years ago •

  1. fay

    I have always preferred a lotion type for my combination skin.

    4 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    So I’m a lotion girl, I have oily skin. thanks for the info.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sharon Dawn Higgs

    Yup cream for me as my skin is lined sagging & dry…

    4 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    With my skin it depends. Sometimes it feels dry and other times it’s hydrated.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I also realised, mixing a bit of tissue oil with your lotion can provide a little more hydration.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I definitely agree that lotions and creams serve different purposes and maybe it’s age, but as I have gotten older, I find myself leaning towards creams more. Lotions are great but I’m a cream queen :)

    4 years ago •

  1. CherylGD

    The Body Shop Dry Oil Gold Shimmer offers quick, easily applied cover and leaves a light shimmer on the skin without being greasy

    4 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    I’ve never really thought about it, but I do prefer a lotion in the morning and a cream at night time – interesting article!

    4 years ago •

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