If you’re not familiar with the products in a particular range, or just aren’t hugely knowledgeable when it comes to skincare, all of the various terms might seem confusing. Two of the most commonly used words in skincare are “lotion” and “cream” and while it might seem like these are the same thing, there are some major differences.
Lotions have a lower viscosity, meaning they have a thinner consistency compared to creams. This is why you’ll find most lotions packaged in bottles that can be squeezed or come with a built-in pump, like Decleor Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Hydrating Milky Lotion. Lotions also tend to be lighter and less oily, which makes the formulation ideal for products that are used for the entire body and/or used during the day.
Creams, on the other hand, are much thicker. They are usually packaged in small jars since they are not only difficult to squeeze out of bottles, but are also more concentrated. Most anti-aging products used on the face have a cream formulation, such as Decleor Energy Concentrate Youth Cream which contains peony, lychee and rhodiola extracts, which re-energises the skin.
If you have normal skin, lotions are already sufficient to moisturize your entire body, including your hands and feet. As mentioned earlier, lotions are also ideal to use during the day and during summer as well, since they are absorbed easily and don’t leave a sticky, sometimes greasy residue; if you live somewhere hot and/or humid, you may also want to use lotions instead of creams. However, if your hands, elbows, knees, and feet are particularly dry, you can find some specialized creams that can address the dryness in these areas.
Meanwhile, if you need intensive moisturisation — for example, you have very dry skin — then creams best suit your needs. Those who live in places with strong winds or extremely cold winters may also benefit from the usage of creams, as they are thicker and thus provide a greater level of protection from harsh environmental conditions.
Another thing that you should remember is that you should only use products intended for a specific use. That is to say, hand lotions and creams should only be used for the hands, and so on. This is because there are often ingredients in these specially made lotions and creams that aren’t supposed to be used in other parts of the body.
Now that you know the difference between the two, it’s time to get a lotion or cream (or both!) to take care of your skin all over.