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When it comes to the differences between oils, creams and lotions most people tend to mistake them for each other, although the trio looks similar, there are notable differences between them. Each product has their own unique purpose and it is important to be able to distinguish each of these products and not confuse them for each other. This will enable you to choose the best product for your skin type.  Check out the differences below.



A lotion is a low viscosity topical preparation intended for application to unbroken skin, they are prepared by blending oil and water. However since it is quite impossible for oil to mix with water, wax is needed to emulsify them, lotions usually contain more water, they are more like droplets of oil mixed in water.

Unlike creams, lotions like, Cerave Moisturizing Lotion, are more easily absorbed into the skin, as they are designed to penetrate the skin, and they are also not as sticky as other products. They are usually appropriate for normal to combination skin. It is appropriate to use lotions on a hot day when quick absorption is needed. The majority of lotions are sold in bottles.




Creams are heavier and have a higher viscosity compared to a lotion, they usually contain about 50% water and 50% oil, they absorb slower than lotions because of the higher percentage of wax in it, creams can penetrate the skin and provide a barrier that prevent more moisture loss from the skin than lotions. I love Carriello Facial Cream Anti-Aging Cream. This cream is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants

Their moisturizing ability tend to last more than that of other brands, so it is usually recommended for skins that tend to be dry at certain times of the day or year. Because of their viscosity they are usually sold in jars.


Oils look just as they sound , this is purely oil , with no addition of water or any other liquid additives, they have an extremely high nutrient content, they are also 100% active. While some oil might take quite a while to get absorbed into the skin, such as sweet almond oil and castor oil because of their molecule structure. But most natural oils are quickly absorbed faster than that of lotions and creams.



Oils protect the skin’s lipid barrier and they are quite the best at preventing moisture from evaporating from the skin, some people have the idea that oils block the pores and leaves a greasy film on the skin,  which is not true, unless you’re using Vaseline. Please tell me you don’t!? Natural oils are perfect for all skin types, especially oily skin. One major advantage of Oil over the other products are that they do not contain preservatives. Therefore they are highly concentrated with good sfuff.

Creams, lotions, oils is there really a difference?

Do you prefer cream, lotion or oil? I would love to know Bonita! Please leave a comment below to start a conversation.

Stay Bonita!