Moisturizer gel versus cream: which one is right for your skin?

The world of moisturizers is abundant and can at times be overwhelming. There are a myriad of products — from gels, to gel-creams, oil, overnight masks and traditional moisturizers there is something out there for everyone. But how do you know which product is right for you? Today we’re looking at two types of popular moisturizers - gels and creams - and comparing and contrasting what makes them unique. Find out which type is right for your skin below.

What’s The Difference Between Gel And Cream Moisturizers?

Aside from consistency, formulas play a large role in what constitutes a gel and what constitutes a cream. “Most gel moisturizers have hyaluronic acid, a higher water content and glycerin,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Diane Madfes. “These are perfect for people with oily skin or when it’s time to switch to a lighter moisturizer for warmer weather. Creams have more of an emollient base and work best for drier skin‎.”

Keeping that in mind here are two perfect moisturizers for oily/combination skin and dry skin.

Oily/Combination Skin

Garnier SkinActive’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream for Normal/Combo Skin will give you moisture and hydration without being overly oily on your skin. The light as air formula will keep your skin’s barrier function protected while providing 24 hour moisture.

Dry Skin

A cream and gel cream can be perfect for your skin. Garnier SkinActive’s Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion Fragrance Free SPF 15 works well on your dry skin and is alcohol-free thereby ensuring it won’t dry out. The formula is infused with glycerin (an effective humectant) which helps keep skin actively hydrated throughout the day and helps strengthen skin's barrier to protect against moisture loss. Your skin should feel hydrated, soft and supple throughout the day after application. Another great option is Garnier SkinActive’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel For Dry Skin. You will see a reduction in roughness caused by dryness. With continued use, moisture barrier is strengthened and skin looks healthier and feels softer.

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