Emulsions, Lotions, Gel-Creams... Oh My!

Emulsions, Lotions, Gel-Creams... Oh My!

14th Feb 2018

There are many different types of moisturizers on the market these days and it can be confusing to decipher which ones are best for you. But don't worry! We're here to help! First lets talk about what moisturizers have in common. Most moisturizers contain ingredients to prevent loss of moisture and to draw moisture into the skin. These are called humectants and include: Algae, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and propelene glycol to name a few. In addition, moisturizers also often contain emollients that fill in the cracks between skin cells making the skin soft, smooth and flexible. Emollients include: Rice Bran, jojoba, and sunflower oil.

So now that we know what moisturizers have in common, lets look at the different categories and what skin type they are best suited for.


Emulsions are made up of tiny oil droplets suspended in a water base. They are lighter than traditional lotions and so are great for oily and combination skin types or can be applied in between your serum and a heavier moisturizer to further lock in moisture and the nutrients in your serum for drier skin types. Examples include: Le Mieux Essence Moisturizer and Le Mieux Skin Protective Emulsion.


Gels are usually water or Hyluronic acid based. Gels boost and help maintain water levels in the skin and are appropriate for all skin types but usually need to be combined with an additional moisturizer or SPF especially for dryer skin types. Examples include Rhonda Allison Blushed Wine Gel, BiON Pure Hydration and Rhonda Allison Growth Factor Gel. These gels can be used under your moisturizer to boost water hydration level, alone under your daily SPF or in the PM under Face Reality Acne Med.


Most lotions work well for all skin types. Lotions are heavier than emulsions but lighter than creams. They are a good option for applying in the morning under make up when you need more moisture without being too heavy. Examples include Sorella Apothecary Blueberry Milk Moisturizer and Face Reality Clearderma.


Creams are best for dry and aging skin as they have a higher oil content and are heavier than other moisturizing options. Creams are usually used at night and often contain peptides or other nourishing ingredients that work over night to help plump, moisturize and reduce wrinkles while you sleep. Creams usually take longer to soak into the skin as they are meant to slowly absorb over night. Examples are Sorella Apothecary The Balm, Skin Script Hydrating Moisturizer and Le Mieux 24 Hr. Age Defying Cream.


Gel-Creams are water based rather than oil based so they are lighter and soak into the skin faster than oil based products. Gel-Creams are also less likely to clog pores. These qualities make gel-creams great for people with oily, acne prone skin. An example is Le Mieux Sheer Hydration and Sorella Apothecary Daily Greens Moisturizer.


Facial oils are great post exfoliation or when your skin is extra dry and flaky. You can also add them into your normal moisturizer to boost up the hydration during winter months. Oils are usually not recommended for oily skin types. Some of our favorites are Rhonda Allison Infuse 7, Hydra Complex Serum andSorella Facial Nectar.

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