Creams vs Lotions – what is the difference?
We see so many brands with Creams and Lotions for face (and body), that it makes us wonder -what is the difference, and which works best?
The answer is not always so straight forward, however in general, Face Creams/Crème’s are rich in texture, and more suitable for skin that is drier in nature and needs more intense hydration. Many facial creams also have products for extra dry skin – needed for some skins that are experiencing a period of extreme dryness, or during winter for example.
If your skin is not quite as dry (or the weather is warmer or you live in a more humid part of Australia and you want a less rich moisturiser), then a Lotion or Emulsion will generally suit your needs. If there is a tester in store, or samples at a cosmetic counter, try the product before you purchase, to make sure it is suitable for your needs.
As there is no “one size fits all” solution in skincare, the most important thing when choosing a moisturiser, is to look for one that suits your skins underlying concerns, such as lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and so on. Once you have found a moisturiser that will suit the concern, then look for the best consistency.
The below products are some of the best selling anti-aging products on the Australian market, so they must be doing something right:
philosophy renewed hope in a jar
The lightweight texture of philosophy renewed hope in a jar melts into your skin. The formula includes a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, 3 forms of hyaluronate, plus an Asian fruit extract, to keep your skin wonderfully hydrated all day, with a soft glow. No wonder it’s called renewed hope in a jar! 60ml RRP $68.00
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+
Containing Moringa extract, to support skins natural activation of a powerful anti-aging skin protein, Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ works on anti-aging on several fronts, including anti-irritation, and anti-oxidation benefits. Furthermore, the Moringa extract helps to promote natural collagen production which does decline with age. The powerful formula helps skin build up its natural defenses so it becomes more resilient over time. 50ml RRP $125.00
Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream
Dr Hauschka products are free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives, mineral oils, parabens and other ingredients that can irritate skin, so they are gentle on all skin types, and perfect for sensitive and stressed skin. The Dr hauschka Quince Day Cream is an excellent Day Cream for normal skin. It hydrates, refreshes, enriches and protects your skin. The Quince wax forms a light, breathable protective layer that helps prevent dryness and maintain moisture balance all day. Quince is a cooling ingredient, so it helps with skin stressed by pollution and air conditioning. 30ml RRP $51.00
NIVEA Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream SPF 15
One of the most popular anti-aging creams for the first signs of aging on the market for a very good reason – it works so well. The key ingredients increase your skin’s own Q10 and Creatine levels to help combat wrinkles from within, reducing their appearance, and helping to prevent new ones via the SPF 15 and UVA protection. 50ml RRP $19.55.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Revolumising Anti-Ageing Moisturiser
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler [HA] Revolumising Anti-Ageing Moisturiser is a great moisturiser for mature skin. It contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also contains a special ingredient – Fibroxyl – a plant extract that helps to firm and plump your skin. The cream has a rich and creamy texture and does not leave an oily residue. 50ml RRP $44.95
Clinique Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream
A potent cocktail of active ingredients from skincare specialists Clinique make the Clinique Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream an excellent anti-aging cream. Formulated with ingredients to help visibly firm, volumise and restore skin texture, your skin immediately has a firmer-feeling sensation, and with continued use skin begins to look plumper as the formula fights the long-term effects of aging by helping to restore the volume it had when you were younger. Available in both Day and Night creams (night pictured). 50ml RRP $110.00
Shiseido WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion SPF 15
Shiseido has over 140 years experience in skincare, and it shows in their skincare expertise. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist Day Emulsion SPF 15 is an age-defense moisturiser that helps protect skin from damage caused by external aging factors such as UV rays, in a lighter emollient version, perfect for those with oilier skins, or who are looking for a lighter moisturiser for summer. The appearance of lines and wrinkles are reduced, while maintaining rich moisture to the skin all day long. Skin is left feeling plump and hydrated, without feeling heavy. 75ml RRP $90.00.