Moisturizer Vs Lotion: Are There Differences? Which Should I Use?

It’s simple to walk down the aisle of your local supermarket and find a moisturizing product that promises to both moisturize and heal your skin. Many products claim to provide immediate benefit while also leaving the skin feeling healthy and refreshed. But there are specific differences in types of moisturizers and there are specific differences in the ingredients used to develop the product.

Moisturizer Vs Lotion:

Moisturizer is a very broad term, encompassing an array of skin care products. To put it simply and blandly, a moisturizer is a skin care product that you put on your skin to increase comfort and lubricate. How the product manages to accomplish the task, and its effectiveness, is determined both by its ingredients and its thickness. A thicker moisturizer typically has a higher concentration of oil, and many, such as Vaseline (which for our purposes is at the thickest end of the spectrum), have an oil base. Others, such as some every day-use-type lotion have a water base.
Moisturizers, typically, are for hydrating the skin. A lotion’s ingredients can be for battling acne, protecting the skin from UV Rays, or to add supplement for the skin such as Vitamin E. Moisturizers, whether designed to work on the face or the hands/body are most often intended to help the skin retain moisture, and prevent drying out.
The one caveat, besides the intended usage of the product, to consider when choosing a lotion or moisturizer is the possible chemicals or additives included in the ingredients. No, chemicals and additives, are not inherently dangerous, but some can cause irritation for certain people who have sensitive skin issues. The best choice is to speak with the skincare experts at Central Wellness about your skin care needs. They can show you the types of moisturizers, creams, and lotions, and explain the ingredients and the times when each product is most effective.