Lotion vs. Cream - What Is the Difference?

      There are many different skincare products available, and it's important to know which ones are right for you! Today we will be discussing lotions and creams, and sharing the differences between the two! Do you know which is best for your skin type? Keep reading to find out which product will benefit you the most, followed by several product recommendations that are all available right here at askderm.com!

     The largest difference between lotions and creams is the oil content. Creams have significantly more oil. Because creams are heavier, they also have a higher viscosity, which provide a barrier against moisture loss. If you experience dry or dehydrated skin, creams can provide you with a significant improvement. 

Glycolix Elite Fortified Facial Cream
Skinmedica Dermal Repair Cream Glyderm Cream 5





     Lotions have a lower viscosity and a much higher water content when compared creams, which allows them to be absorbed at a faster rate. If your skin is not excessively dry, lotion is a great option for you! 

Avene Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ Face Chaleur Oil Free Moisture Lotion W/ Lumifirm Complex





   The seasons also play a large role in which product you should be using. Generally, creams are recommended for the winter season when the air can be very dry. Lotions are typically recommended during the summer months when there is an excess in humidity. Personal preference can also play a role in your decision. Many creams to tend to leave behind a grease-like finish due to their oil content, which can be bothersome if you prefer a matte look. Luckily, we offer many products that ensure your skin stays shine-free all day! Check out a few of our favorites below.


Avene Triacneal Day Mattifying Lotion  Murad Oil-Control mattifier SPF 15




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