Moisturizer vs. Lotion: What are the Key Differences?
Moisturizers and lotions are most commonly confused with one another, and many people tend to believe the creamier the product, the more it tends to be a moisturizer and the less creamy a product, the more it tends to be a lotion. While this is generally true, lotions and moisturizers generally serve the same purpose; they will hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, but one of them does not clog the pores as much.
We have decided to look at the key differences between these two products and show you which is best used for what, and why you should invest in a moisturizer and lotion for your skin. In the case of moisturizer vs. lotion, we would like to recommend both from the onset and tell you that they will be used for different parts of the body.
With that being said, let’s see why.
A moisturizer features a thicker cream base, and this has been designed with more oil as well. Since the skin on the face can only hold moisture for a certain amount of time, moisturizer will only contain smaller amounts of water, and the thickness will allow the moisturizer to stay on the skin for longer.
Since a moisturizer is not absorbed as fast, but rather more sporadically, your face will absorb moisture as needed and stay hydrated for longer periods of time. A moisturizer is not ideal for the body, and the body will simply absorb all of the moisture immediately, and you will have just wasted money.
There are exceptions, and certain manufacturers have designed moisturizers that will keep body parts hydrated for longer periods of time, but since it is a thicker substance, you will need to apply more to cover the body, and your tub of moisturizer will be finished in no time.
Moisturizer is best used on the face, and since it will keep the area hydrated for longer, the face will always be hydrated if you moisturize once or twice a day. Moisturizer is also available in smaller quantities, and to get the best value for your money, you should apply it to a smaller area of skin, and the face is the ideal area to do so.
Since there is also more oil in moisturizer, any moisturizer might not be ideal for your skin, and if you have oily skin, you should look for a lower oil-based moisturizer. People with acne will also find acne-specific moisturizers that will help reduce the oil in the skin and also keep the skin hydrated.
Finally, a moisturizer is also available with multiple levels of hydration and depending on how dry your skin is; you might need to invest in a moisturizer that will better hydrate the skin. The more hydration a moisturizer provides, the better rejuvenated your skin will be.
A lotion is designed for multifunctional use and can also be used as a moisturizer to hydrate the skin. Since lotions are more water based, they tend to be lighter and will not clog up the pores as much. Lotions are ideal for areas of the body that do not need as much hydration and can absorb the moisture faster. Body parts are generally best suited for lotions, and they will definitely hydrate these areas of the body.
When it comes to lotions and the face, you will find that they are generally recommended for people with acne, and they will help to hydrate the skin without clogging the pores. If you have oily skin, lotions will also reduce some of the oil on your skin and keep it hydrated at the same time. Lastly, lotions also tend to be a little cheaper than moisturizers, and since they come in larger quantities, you can use them more often on the entire body.
We highly recommend lotions to people with oily skin or acne. As we have already mentioned, there are good moisturizers for acne and oily skin as well, but the more specialized the product, the more expensive it tends to be. Lotions are ideal, and they will not cost you an arm and a leg; lotions are also best-suited for dehydrated skin, and they are available in different effectiveness levels.
We hope you have a better understanding of the key differences between lotions and moisturizers. Personally, we highly recommend that you have one of each, and if you have a certain skin condition, you will be best advised to invest extra and buy a specialized moisturizer.
We would like to encourage you to share your thought on this topic and tell us which one you prefer and why. Please feel free to share this article with your friends to help them better understand the key differences between lotions and moisturizers.