Should You Use a Lotion, Cream, Gel, Serum, Liquid, Mousse, or Balm?
Have you learned to ignore the marketing terms cosmetics companies attribute to their potions for skin under the guise of antiwrinkle?
If not, the the single most important aspect is that they all contain a generous, well-researched, and potent assortment of antioxidants, cell communicating ingredients, and ingredients that mimic skin structure. With few exceptions, all of the products listed in this book under the ubiquitous “moisturizer” or antiwrinkle or whatever category that gets a happy face meets these fundamental criteria.
The next question is what kind of product has those qualities and what does it look like. In other words, what should the consistency and texture of this product be regardless of the name on the label? The answer: it all depends on your skin type and personal preference. As long as the product contains state-of-the-art ingredients, the ingredients that make the product a gel, cream, lotion, serum, liquid, or mousse are inconsequential except as they relate to your skin type.
Think of it like a chocolate dessert. You might prefer a torte, pudding, bonbon, cake, ice cream, or some other form, but the chocolate is what counts; the other ingredients are there simply to carry the important taste of chocolate to your mouth.
As a general rule, those with oily or combination skin will prefer lighter-weight lotions, gels, serums, or liquids. Those with dry skin usually prefer creams or more emollient formulations to make up for what their oil glands don’t provide or what dry, arid climates make worse. And those with blemish-prone skin generally do better with moisturizers that have a thinner consistency.