Gel vs Cream Moisturizer: 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 gel-based moisturizers and water gel moisturizers to gel-creams, oils, overnight masks and traditional moisturizers. The good news: There’s something out there for everyone. But how do you know which formula is right for you? We’re comparing two popular types: gels vs cream moisturizer. Find out which type is right for your skin below.
What’s The Difference Between Gel And Cream Moisturizers?
Aside from their consistency, certain ingredients play a large role in what constitutes a gel and what constitutes a cream. That means that each type of moisturizer can offer different benefits to certain skin types.
Take lightweight moisturizer, for instance. “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 lightweight moisturizer for warmer weather.” The advantage of a gel-based moisturizer is that it sinks in quickly and feels weightless on the skin.
If your skin is rough or flaky, you may need a cream. “Creams have more of an emollient base and work best for drier skin,” says Dr. Madfes. While lightweight moisturizer, including gel-based moisturizer, do hydrate skin, these emollients in cream moisturizers help seal in that moisture. Based on that, here are our recommendations for gel vs cream moisturizer based on your skin type.
Our Best Moisturizer for Oily or Combination Skin
Garnier SkinActive’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream for Normal/Combo Skin is a gel-based moisturizer that provides moisture and hydration without being overly heavy or sticky on your skin. The lightweight moisturizer will keep your skin’s barrier function protected while providing 24-hour moisture.
Our Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin
A cream or even gel cream can be perfect for your skin. Garnier SkinActive’s Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion Fragrance Free SPF 15works well on dry skin, since the formula is infused with glycerin — an potent humectant — which helps to keep skin actively hydrated throughout the day and strengthen skin's barrier, protecting it against moisture loss. Your skin should feel hydrated, soft and supple throughout the day after application.
Another water gel moisturizer for dry skin is Garnier SkinActive’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel For Dry Skin. With continued use, moisture barrier is strengthened and skin looks healthier and feels softer.