Lotion vs cream vs gel-lotion vs gel-cream? How to choose wisely?

Lotion vs cream vs gel-lotion vs gel-cream? How to choose wisely?

Lotion and cream are important steps in skincare routine that help us capture the moisture and nutrients in our skin. What are the differences between them? And what are the characteristics of gel-lotion and gel-cream on the market? How to choose the right product texture? The article will give you the answers.

The role of lotion & cream: capture moisture and nutrients

Lotion and cream are usually used after toner and serum. Since the main component of serum is water, when its absorption is incomplete on the skin surface, the water in it will take away the original moisture of the skin through its volatilization, result in drier skin. Therefore, after using the toner and serum, it’s necessary to apply lotion and cream containing certain oil. They can quickly form a protective film to protect the skin from losing water and nutrients, so that the skin can keep Long-lasting hydration and elasticity. 

Choose the suitable texture according to the skin type: lotion vs. cream vs. gel-lotion vs.gel-cream

  • Lotion: The texture of the lotion is relatively light, including smaller quantity of oil. It can be applied evenly and absorbed well so as to improve the moisture of the skin quickly. Since it’s light and easy to absorb, it’s more comfortable for oily skin.
  • Cream: The texture of the cream is relatively thick, including larger quantity of oil. It needs to be massaged evenly to make the skin absorb fully. It feels more moisturizing, thus it’s more suitable for dry or mature skin.

In order to provide consumers with more choices of product texture, manufacturers designed gel-lotion and gel-cream. Differing from lotion and cream produced by emulsion process, which is mainly formed by rearranging the oil droplets by surfactants. Gel lotion and gel cream take advantage of gel to capture oil. As their main ingredients are still water, they feels lighter and fresher. Although lotion, cream, gel lotion and gel cream sounds similar, their texture and touch are different, because of distinct oil-water ratio. We can choose products on the basis of our skin types and seasons.


*Gel cream and lotion may have similar feeling depending on the specific formula.


Unicare designed various lotion, cream, gel lotion and gel cream base on diverse skin types and scenes of life. Try distinctive water-oil ratios to provide consumers with better skincare experience. Welcome to contact us for more information.

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