Creams vs. Oils: How To Hydrate Your Skin

Creams are a blend of oil and liquid which contains a higher percentage of oil. Creams are often thicker and soft like butter. They absorb way quicker than oils, but their moisturizing properties tend to last longer than lotions. On the other hand, some oils can be greasy and take a while to absorb into the skin while others can absorb in a matter of minutes without leaving a greasy feeling to the skin.


Know your skin type

A water-based moisturizer can help improve your skin in a number of ways, and before you choose one that’s right for you, it is important that you consider your skin type and its own unique needs. Whether you have extremely dry skin or skin that tends to be oily, daily moisturizing is an important part of keeping your skin healthy. However, a water-based moisturizer may be more beneficial in the long term; as it may feel lighter on your skin and is less likely to clog pores. No matter what your skin type is, finding the right product to add to your skincare kit is essential; you may be puzzling over whether you should choose a cream based product vs. one that is oil based. While both of these types can be beneficial depending on your skin type, an oil-based product has various health benefits that you may want to consider.


Health Benefits of using Oils

The health benefits of using coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted the immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer; while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

Other oils such as essential oils are used extensively in aromatherapy and various traditional medicinal systems. Due to the numerous health benefits of essential oils; they are increasingly being explored by the scientific community for the treatment of a variety of diseases including cancer, HIV, asthma, bronchitis, heart strokes, and many more

Skin Cream

Skin creams contain humectants and emollients that will keep your skin moist. Humectants such as glycerin remove water from the air and lock it in your skin; while emollients such as mineral oil fill the gaps between skin cells, thus smoothing it out.

Whether or not the cream feels greasy comes down to the properties of the emollients. These substances can be oil-based, consisting of mostly oil with a small amount of water dissolved in it; or water-based, which are almost all water. Creams with more oil will leave behind more residue on the skin and thus feel greasy; while water-based creams won’t leave much residue and feel lighter.

While you may find that greasy feeling annoying, creams with more oils are likely to stay on your skin longer. If you have dry skin; you’re better off going with an oil-based cream, while those with oily skin should look for water-based creams.

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