There is no shortage of skin care creams and lotions in the market.  Name an ailment, and you will find hundreds of skin care creams, lotions and other products for it.  As a result of ongoing research and due to ever increasing demand, the number of skin care products seems to be on the increase.

Skin care lotions and skin care creams are the most popular forms in which these products are available, and there always seems to be a debate on which form is better?

Well, there is no definitive answer to this.  It seems more like a matter of personal choice. However, greasy creams are surely less popular as compared to the non-greasy (or less greasy) ones.  Since the application of skin care creams is easier, they seem to be preferred (over lotions) in cases where the skin care product is not to be removed immediately after application.

All skincare products can have creams or lotions, for example:

For cleansing, lotions and skin care creams are equally popular; however, the tilt seems more towards lotions.

Creams are known to be most effective in keeping skin moist; hence, the most popular form of skin care creams is moisturisers.  Due to the same reason, a lot of people tend to associate skin care creams with dry and sensitive skin.  However, it is vital that oily skins need hydration too, but possibly a gel formula can work more effectively as to not cause extra oil.

Skin care creams are not used only for dry skin, they are also used for making products for oily skin e.g. vitamin A creams and Sulphur creams that help reduce the rate of sebum production.

Skin care creams are also used for products that cater to skin disorders especially for disorders that require the application of product over a small localised area.

This is, again, because skin care creams are easier to apply (without wastage) on the affected area.

However, in cases where skin needs to be washed using a medicine/product, lotion is a better choice.  Mostly, the manufacturers to realise this fact, making it easier for you to choose between a lotion and a skin care cream.

Eye-creams and anti-ageing creams are other examples where skin care cream is preferred over its lotion counterpart.  Personally, I prefer a gel formula (like our fabulous Plump Me Up Moisturiser) as not to seep into your eye, as some creams and lotions can cause puffiness.

Whatever your choice be, cream or lotion, knowing how to use it effectively, is more important than anything else.