No matter what your skin type is, moisturising is an essential step in any skincare routine – even oily skin needs to stay hydrated. If you’re not sure what to look for in your moisturiser though, we’ve broken down the main benefits and differences of our favourite two.

What is the difference between lotions & creams?

  • Lotions are more lightweight, suitable for Normal to Dry skin
  • Creams are more thick & rich, suitable for Dry to very Dry skin

The ingredients to look for

A good moisturiser doesn’t just provide instant hydration but maintains your skin’s protective barrier to keep moisture locked in. A weakened barrier can prevent your skin from regulating its normal moisture level and leave skin feeling tight, dry and often uncomfortable. Hydration is key to your skin barrier’s health, so you’ll want to choose a moisturising cream or lotion packed with nourishing and hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and ceramides– our CeraVe moisturisers include three essential ceramides.

They also feature our patented MVE Delivery Technology, which is a structure of concentric layers that trap and hold ingredients such as ceramides and fatty acids in, and slowly and sequentially dissolve to release them in phases to sustain moisture for up to 24 hours.

Our lotion vs cream

Our CeraVe Moisturising Lotion and CeraVe Moisturising Cream have the same formula and offer all these benefits. They do differ in texture though, which may determine when and where you use them.

Our CeraVe Moisturising Lotion is a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser perfect for layering on normal to dry skin in the morning to keep it hydrated all day long. If you have oily skin, you’ll also appreciate its lightweight hydration that won’t make your face feel greasy or oiler. Lighter creams like this can also help to avoid clogged pores in the summer months when warmer weather and hot, humid days can cause your skin to produce excess oil and you probably sweat more.

On the flip side, our thicker CeraVe Moisturising Cream with its velvety texture is a winter hero if you have dry or very dry skin. It’s also a great night-time moisturiser if you want to flood your skin with hydration when it’s in recovery mode and at its most receptive. Like our CeraVe Moisturising Lotion, it’s suitable for use on the face and body, so can help to nourish and soothe dry elbows, knees and other dry patches on your body.

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