Creams vs lotions
Although there are many formats of skincare creams and lotions are a cornerstone. These are often moisturizers, eye creams, cleansers, and sunscreens. Creams are an equal mix of water and oil-based ingredients like ceramides, designed to lock in moisture for longer. These products have a thicker, greasier consistency and are perfect for restoring the epidermal layer of the skin. Lotions are lighter, water-based products with some oils added. Lotions offer quick hydration thanks to water-based ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Dermatologists recommend lotions for hot days and creams for night use or winter months.
All about serums
Serums have been around for decades but have gained recent popularity. These are highly concentrated beauty products to reduce wrinkles, plump up and hydrate the face. Serums are water-based, leaving out all the occlusives found in creams and lotions. Most have vitamin C, niacinamide, or retinols. Since serums are so potent, only a few drops are necessary. However, the concentration may irritate people with sensitive skin. Serums are often used after cleansers but before moisturizers.
Does high-end mean better?
Lower-priced creams, lotions, and serums are available at any pharmacy or beauty store. High-end products, on the other hand, can cost hundreds of dollars, for a good reason. High-end products usually have more active ingredients than low-end counterparts. Some low to mid-tier brands compete by offering the same active ingredients but not at the same concentrations. Therefore, anyone using a high-end product should see faster results. More expensive beauty products often come with advanced research, scarce ingredients, and better storage options.
Should you invest in high-end beauty products?
Anyone using creams, lotions, or serums consistently should see an improvement in skin health. However, higher-end creams should show faster, more consistent results. This does not mean that lower-priced skincare is inferior. The goal is to find a product that works, often possible at a lower price. If a high-end cream, lotion, or serum brings exceptional results, make the investment. Speak with a dermatologist, pharmacist, or skincare expert for more advice.