Moisturizing Lotions vs Moisturizing Creams

Feb 16, 2022

Now that we’re in the throes of Winter, especially here in the Northeast where Beauchamp’s Hand Lotion is made, dry skin is rearing its ugly head big time. If not treated, many of us are living with itchy, dry skin all the time. It shows up as either a mild dull dry patch on any part of the body, as cracked, rough skin and any point in between. In some extreme cases, dry skin can painfully bleed through the skin itself. Not pretty.

So, treating dry skin is something that is on our minds more often this time of year. When it happens, we look to moisturizing products for relief. However, you may have noticed that moisturizing products can come in two general categories: either as moisturizing lotions or as moisturizing creams. No doubt, you’ve wondered what the differences are between the two and when to use each to treat dry skin. So, what are the differences and does it really make a difference to use either moisturizing creams or moisturizing lotions?

Moisturizing Creams

Moisturizing creams are good at adding moisture back into dry skin. Moisturizing creams are thicker in consistency than lotions and are often sold in jars or pump-style containers. Moisturizing creams have a higher percentage of oil than lotion and tends to stay on the skin longer.

But, because moisturizing creams are thicker, they may be a bit messier to use during the warmer months. Many people use creams primarily at night before bed because of its thick consistency. However, moisturizing creams do have a high hydrating factor and as a result, can be extra beneficial for those with extra moisturizing needs, for instance, eczema and its various forms.

For moisturizing creams, try to look for products highly infused with moisturizing omega-3s and lipids, as well as vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5.

Moisturizing Lotions

The other category of moisturizing product is moisturizing lotions. Beauchamp’s Hand Lotion is a moisturizing lotion. As opposed to a moisturizing cream, moisturizing lotions are higher in water in addition to oils and other hydrating ingredients. They come in either smaller size convenient-to-use pump bottles or larger sized bottles for heavy use.

Because of their higher liquid content, moisturizing lotions feel lighter. They apply easily and absorb into the skin better. Moisturizing lotions absorb into the skin more and don’t feel as messy as moisturizing creams. And, because of their light consistency, moisturizing lotions are a great option to use in both cold weather and hot, humid conditions.

Which is Best?

To be honest, both moisturizing creams and moisturizing lotions work great. They will both do the job and it comes down to personal preference.

However, moisturizing lotions, because of their lighter consistency, are a great option to use any time of day or night or in cold or hot weather. It always feels great to rub on some Beauchamp’s Hand Lotion after a shower…right after you dry yourself off.

One good option is to use both throughout the day. Use Beauchamp’s Hand Lotion throughout the day, keeping a convenient 8-ounce bottle with you in a purse or car glove compartment. Then, just before bed, use a good quality moisturizing cream. Of course, a moisturizing lotion can also be used in place of a cream at any time if you prefer.

Is Beauchamp’s Hand Lotion Really a Good Option?

Well, our moisturizing lotion was first formulated over 70 years ago and is still going strong. That’s a really good pedigree if you ask us. Why not try a bottle? Just apply some in the palm of your hand…rub it into your skin…and feel the relief. We’re sure it won’t be your last bottle.

Try some today right here.