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Skin Care Lotions vs. Creams

Skin creams and lotions almost oversaturate the beauty market. Name an ailment, and you will find hundreds of skin care creams, lotions, serums, and more. As a result of ongoing research and due to an ever-increasing demand, the number of skin care products seems to be on the rise. Skin care lotions and skin care creams are the two most popular forms of these products, and a debate on which is more effective is ongoing.

In short, no definitive answer to this question exists—it is more a matter of personal choice. However, greasy creams are surely less popular as compared to non-greasy ones. Since the application of skin care creams tends to be easier than lotions, they also seem to be preferred in cases where the product is not to be removed immediately after application.

Toners, Lotions, and Moisturizers

This means that skin care creams seem more popular as moisturizers than as cleansers or toners. As far as toners go, lotions seem to be preferred over creams. Some skin care creams do act as toners, but generally toners are available in thinner, liquid form (i.e. lotions). For cleansing, lotions and skin care creams are equally popular.

Creams for Hydration

Creams are known to be most effective in keeping skin hydrated—hence the most popular form of skin care creams are moisturizers. Due to that same reason, a lot of people tend to associate skin care creams with dry or sensitive skin.

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Though that is true to a certain extent, creams are not only used for dry skin. They can also be used for creating products that target oily skin. One type of oily skin cream is anything with vitamin A or sulphur that aims to reduce the rate of sebum production.

Creams for Skin Conditions

Skin care creams are also used in products that cater to skin disorders, especially for conditions that require the application of a product over a small, localized area. This is again, due to the fact that skin care creams are easier to apply, without waste, on the affected area. However, in the cases where skin needs to be washed using a medicine or product, lotion is a better choice. 

Eye creams and anti-aging creams are other examples where skin care cream is preferred over its lotion counterpart.

Know How To Use Your Products

Whatever your choice is, whether it is cream or lotion, knowing how to use your skin care products effectively is the most important thing. To learn more about skin care and possible facial spa treatments, check out our quality products or contact Athré Facial Plastics today.

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