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Lotion, Cream, Gel, Serum or Liquid?

Written by KD Gates


Which is Best For Your Skin: Lotion, Cream, Gel, Serum or Liquid?

Lotion, cream, gel, serum, liquid - which one is best for your skin? With so many products promising smooth, wrinkle-free skin, how do you know what works for your skin and why?

The most important step before choosing products for the face is to know your skin type. Knowing what type of skin you have gives you the wisdom you need to achieve and sustain healthy, beautiful skin. When you know your skin's type, you have the ability to choose products that are both consistently correct, and products that will offer a multitude of long-term benefits for your skin.

Remember, products formulated in different textures / consistencies DO NOT work well for every skin type. For instance, if your skin is dry, a heavier, creamier moisturizer works best. Heavier moisturizers work wonders for dry skin because they're composed of natural plant oils and humectants. Keep in mind that dry skin is screaming for extra hydration, and thicker lotions and creams have added oils and lipids to prevent moisture loss and dehydration.

On the other hand, someone with combination skin would benefit from products light in weight such as liquid moisturizers, serums, gels, or a weightless lotion. The examples listed above are lighter in weight yet still possess the ability to supply the skin with essential nutrients and potent antioxidants without the heaviness.

For women with oily skin, a moisturizer in any form may NOT be needed. Because your natural androgens stimulate too much oil, a moisturizer may not benefit your skin. However, if you feel that you need a moisturizer, seek products with a liquid, gel, or serum consistency and apply at night after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating. Using products with a lighter consistencies will minimize oil, prevent clogged pores and reduce the onset of adult acne.

Keep in mind that you hold the cards when it comes to the health and vitality of your skin, and knowing your skin type is the first step. With knowledge you have the ability to choose the absolute best products for your skin, decipher truth from fiction, and quickly solve common skin care problems such as discoloration and sensitivity.

Refer to this handy chart to help you make the best choices for your skin type:

Lotion Cream Serum Gel Liquid
Dry Skin X X
Combination X X X X
Oily X X X
Normal X X X X X
Blemish / Acne X X X X



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