Difference Between Lotion, Cream, Gel and More
The world of skincare is constantly evolving and there are so many different types, textures, and formulations of skincare products for you to choose from and decide which one works the best for you. Today, we’ll be talking about the difference between a lotion, cream, gel, or serum and help you select the perfect product for your skincare routine as the same product may not be the best option for all your skin woes and needs. The ratios of water, oil and essential ingredients in your skincare products can have some effect on the product’s intended purpose. Picking the right one can be tricky but not anymore because we’re here to tell you all about lotion vs cream, gel vs cream etc., and which one will work the best for you.
The biggest difference between lotion and cream is that creams have lower water content and are generally thicker and richer. They provide a physical barrier on your skin, cover large areas of the skin, and help to seal in the moisture, which makes them a good option for treating dry skin types or cracks, and rashes. Creams can be mildly greasy.
Many people consider creams and lotions to be the same but that’s not the case. Lotions have a higher water content as compared to creams and are usually lighter-weight, non or less greasy. They also have a much thinner consistency than cream-based products and leave very little residue. Some lotions also contain essential ingredients to address concerns such as wrinkles, uneven skin, signs of ageing and more while leaving the skin feeling nourished. Lotions are a good choice for normal to oily skin types and work well for daily wear, especially in dry climates or winter.
Gel-based products are water-based and are usually oil-free which makes them one of the best options for oily skin types. They also tend to have a thinner consistency than creams and lotions and don’t leave a film or greasy feeling on the skin. Gels absorb into the skin quickly, leaving little to no residue, provide intense hydration and are great for hot and humid summer months. People with sensitive, acne-prone skin can also benefit by using gel-based products.
Similar to gels, serums are water-based products that are meant to be used before applying a moisturiser. It is a concentrated source of nutrients containing largely water-soluble and some oil-soluble actives. It’s like a more liquidy gel that is designed for super quick absorption. They penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin and help to achieve maximum benefits on the go, especially if you try the vitamin C serum.
Now, what are balms? Balms tend to be very thick and almost solid, with a waxy texture. Their base contains fatty oils rather than the water base used in lotions or gels. They are highly concentrated and aren’t rapidly absorbed by your skin. They create a barrier to lock in the moisture and are for people experiencing extreme dryness on body parts such as knuckles and elbows.
Now that you know about the difference between a lotion, cream and more, browse through a wide range of Garnier skincare products and include your favourite hydrating moisturisers, gel facewash, moisturising body lotion, and more into your skincare routine right away to flaunt the healthy skin of your dreams!