What is the difference between CeraVe Moisturizing Cream and Lotion?


There are so many ways of taking care of your skin to keep it looking healthy and free of acne as well as other skin diseases. 

The best way of ensuring that your skin is well taken care of is to develop a timed skincare routine. If you don’t know what that is, let me brief you. 

Commonly, skincare involves 5 steps, which combined can become what is called a Skincare Routine. These steps are cleansing, toning, moisturizing, applying sunscreen, and of course, applying a serum.

Cleansing is simply defined as washing your face. The main aim of cleansing your face is to clean up the pores to prevent excessive clogging. Cleansing can be done with soap but I recommend using a facial cleanser as it has been specifically designed for the skin on your face and will be mild and not harsh or over-drying.

Toning your skin enriches it with some nutritional benefits such as Vitamin C, B3 (also known as Niacinamide) and many more. 

The other step in skincare is applying a serum. This is done to enrich your skin with some antioxidants, Vitamins and many other nutritional benefits, either made from lab-manufactured minerals or naturally occurring ingredients. Some ingredients that you can find in serums are Niacinamide, Vitamin A, C, hyaluronic acid, squalane, Aloe Vera, and the list goes on.

Then we have sunscreen, which is applied to your skin in order to protect it from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Moisturizing is done to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day as well as the night. Today’s subject touches the moisturizing side of your skincare regimen. 

When we are comparing skincare products, we mainly look at those that come from different companies. 

In this article, we are looking at products of the same brand CeraVe and these products are the moisturizing cream and the moisturizing lotion. Before we get into that, let’s start with the basics

What is a Moisturizer? 

This is simply defined as a product that is designed to help in retaining moisture on the skin, hence keeping it hydrated. 

There are so many types of moisturizers out there. Most of them are particularly designed for a certain skin texture- like dry skin, for instance, since it is the type of skin that is more likely to need a moisturizer. 

Before introducing a moisturizer into your skincare regimen, it is always important that you should know how it works in the first place.

How do moisturizers work? 

Generally, a skin moisturizer works by locking in the moisture on the outermost layer of the skin by pulling the moisture from the inner layers of the skin. 

The dermis is the largest layer of the skin that consists of elastic as well as collagen, both of which work to keep the skin intact and wrinkle-free. It also contains a lot of moisture, most of which is attracted to the top of the skin to keep it moisturized. 

There are so many ingredients that can be contained in skin moisturizers. Some of the key ingredients in moisturizers are petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, as well as the most common ones such as glycerin, propylene glycol, proteins, urea and many other vitamins which help in attracting water to quench your thirsty skin. 

Creams vs. Lotions

Normally, lotions and creams use the same proprietary formula and these two CeraVe moisturizers are no exception. 

On the viscosity, creams are much thicker than the lotions, which would explain why creams are highly recommended for people that have problematic skin- particularly in areas such as the knees, feet and elbows. 

Besides being used on problematic skin, CeraVe suggests that the moisturizing cream provides great results when used during the winter months- mainly because this is the season when skin tends to become extra-dry, hence it is the season that your skin needs this cream the most. 

All CeraVe skincare products help maintain the “skin barrier,” which forms the top layer of the skin. Made up of dead skin cells and the skin’s natural oils, this barrier helps to lock in moisture and keep skin soft. 

When you are using a facial cleanser or a soap that contains strong sulphates, it can really take a huge toll on the skin because such ingredients clean the skin while depriving it of its moisture, which leaves you prone to acne breakouts. 

As such, CeraVe’s products are designed to help in replenishing the skin natural barrier, especially when it is damaged by exposure to such strong chemicals as well as things like extreme temperatures or very dry air.

Because we don’t all have the same skin type, CeraVe lotions and creams are available in different formulas to work on different types of skin. 

Speaking of which, the company makes products for normal-to-dry skin, normal-to-oily skin and of course, dry-to-extra dry skin. Besides that, it specializes in also making products specifically for your hands and feet. These formulas come in a number of different sizes and dispensers, including pump dispensers, jars and easy-to-carry tubes.

But it doesn’t stop there. In addition to moisturizing lotions and creams, CeraVe makes several items, including the popular eye repair cream, which comes with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. 

These help in reducing the fine lines that commonly develop under the eye. The company also markets a stretch mark cream that contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid, argan oil and various botanicals.

So, I think it is about time we answered your question. 

So, what is the difference between the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream and Lotion?

First of all, let’s discuss the ingredients that are found in the two products. This should help in differentiating the contents.

Ingredients

The common ingredients found in both of these skin moisturizers are ceramides, which are basically lipid chemicals that protect the outer layer of the skin from losing moisture and also from acne-causing bacteria.

Another key ingredient is Niacinamide. I’m sure you have had this before, but if you haven’t, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly minimize enlarged pores. It is also known as Vitamin B3. 

It also works on tightening lax pores, which will help in preventing an acne breakout. Niacinamide also assists in improving uneven skin tone, as well as softening fine lines and wrinkles, which will give you younger-looking skin. 

Overall, the fact that this ingredient is thin, means that it won’t clog your pores. Instead, it will be absorbed into the skin very quickly. 

The other popular ingredient is Hyaluronic acid. This is one of the most important ingredients that play a major role in retaining moisture on the skin, hence keeping it hydrated. 

One thing we know is that our bodies naturally produce the hyaluronic acid themselves, in order to maintain a stable level of moisture on the skin, thereby keeping skin from getting too dry. But, as we age, the levels of hyaluronic acid gradually decrease, hence the need to supplement with a product. 

As such, when you are going for a product that has this hyaluronic acid, the ingredient will serve as a humectant. 

However, the CeraVe moisturizing lotion is said to contain more parabens. Because of this, it may not be suitable for people that have very sensitive skin as it can cause irritations. So, for very sensitive skin, go for the CeraVe moisturizing cream. 

On the other hand, the cream moisturizing cream consists of a high concentration of petroleum, so if you are allergic to petroleum products, I wouldn’t recommend the CeraVe moisturizing cream.

What about the texture?

When we speak of the texture, what we really want to know is the thickness and viscosity of the product- what does it feel like? Is the product soft when applying? 

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream 

When you are applying the CeraVe moisturizing cream, you will notice that product is very thick in texture- it feels like a gel-cream. 

On top of that, it is very soft on your skin, which is a feature that I know you will love. Because it is so thick, it is an ideal product for treating extremely dry, patchy skin as well as skin conditions such as irritations and crepe. 

It also comes with great hydrating benefits that last a really long time before you need to reapply. 

If you are looking for a product that you can apply while you sleep, this cream is the perfect candidate. It will retain moisture all night, and you will wake up in the morning still feeling moisturized. 

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

The lotion is a lightweight formula, unlike the moisturizing cream. As such, it literary feels like water when you are applying it. 

After applying it, you will feel that the skin will feel very soft and silky. One feature that we love about the lotion is that it comes with a pump, which makes this product very easy to apply.

Generally, it provides a lot of moisture than the moisturizing cream, but the moisture doesn’t last very long. As such, if you use this lotion at night, you may wake up in the morning feeling dry. The CeraVe moisturizing lotion needs re-applying every after a few hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to use Moisturizing Cream or Lotion?

Which Cream or Lotion you should use, depends on the type of your skin. Creams are better suited for people that have dry skin as Creams have a thicker consistency that allows them to stay on the skin longer and lock in the moisture that helps keep the skin hydrated and soft. But Creams can clog the pores that can lead to breakouts if your skin is not compatible. Lotions are better suited for people that have normal to oily skin as Lotions have a thinner consistency and are absorbed quickly. The thinner consistency helps the lotion not clog the pores thus reducing breakouts.

Can you use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream on your face?

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is an excellent option for people that suffer from dry skin as the thicker consistency allows the cream to sit on the skin longer and hydrate the skin by restoring the skin’s barrier with the three essential ceramides that it contains. This allows the user to have 24-hour hydration and is safe enough to be used on the face as well as the body. However, Creams do have a tendency of clogging pores so have a test to see which one will work best with your particular skin type.

Does CeraVe Moisturizing Cream have retinol?

If you go for the simple white tub of the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, there is no retinol present in the formulation. If you would like Retinol, you can opt for the Skin Renewing Day Cream that is in a purple and white bottle. The formulation on the Skin Renewing Day Cream contains encapsulated Retinol which is light and gentle on the skin. However, if you have bought a tub of the simple white and blue tub of CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, then you can add a couple of drops of the Retinol serum stored in your cabinet and get the benefits of both worlds. The formulation of CeraVe products allows them to be mixed with other products such as Retinol, Niacinamide and Vitamin C to allow the user to reap the benefits of both. Give it a go!

Conclusion

Creams and Lotions are both used to hydrate the skin and reduce dryness. Depending on your skin type, Creams or Lotions may be suited for you. If you suffer from oily skin, a lotion will be more suitable for you as Lotions contain more water than oil that allows it to dry quickly on the skin and feel lightweight. Whereas, Creams contain less water and more oil that allow them to stay on the skin longer and provide longer-lasting hydration but make the skin feel heavy and have a greasy look and feel.

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