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Gel vs Cream vs Lotion: the difference between moisturiser textures

Pink tub of Jurlique Moisture Plus Rare Rose Gel Cream next to pink roses and rose petals


We all know that a good moisturiser plays a vital role in every skin care ritual. They seal in hydration, improve the skin’s protective barrier and lock in the benefits of the products you’ve used before it. But not all moisturisers are the same. Between gels, creams and lotions, knowing which types of moisturiser are right for your lifestyle, and best suited to you and your skin concerns, can be difficult. Here’s our ultimate guide to the different textures and how to pick the right moisturiser for you.


1. Cream

This is the one we probably all recognise – and use – the most. Moisturising creams tend to be thick and deliver intense hydration to the skin. They work by forming a protective moisture barrier that shields your skin from environmental aggressors and moisture loss, giving it time to recover and replenish itself. Most creams are best suited to dry skin, or skin that needs some extra TLC if it’s been exposed to extreme environmental conditions such as heat and snow. Our Moisture Plus Rare Rose Cream releases moisture over 24 hours via the micro-encapsulated Jurlique Rose extract, and contains Cupuacu Butter to restore moisture in drier skins.

Pink tub of Jurlique Moisture Plus Rare Rose Cream next to goop of product


2. Lotion

Moisturising lotions are lighter than creams but tend to be richer and heavier than gels, making them best suited to those with dry or combination skin types, or people living in dry, cool climates. Lotions sink into the skin quickly without leaving a film, making them an ideal option for daytime wear under makeup. If you have sensitive skin, look for a lotion that’s infused with botanical extract that can soothe and comfort your skin, like our Moisture Plus Rare Rose Lotion, in addition to protecting it from environmental aggressors.

Pink tub of Jurlique Moisture Plus Rare Rose Lotion next to goop of product


3. Gels

Gel moisturisers have a lightweight formula without compromising on performance. They offer oil-free hydration that works well for combination or oily skin types, or for other skin types during warmer months and humid weather. Gels can also help rebalance skin moisture levels and leave skin looking fresh, supple and dewy. Our Moisture Plus Rare Rose Gel Cream has a super-light texture that doesn’t overload the skin and contains plant resin Mastic Gum to prevent oiliness.

Pink tub of Jurlique Moisture Plus Rare Rose Gel Cream next to goop of product


Find the right moisturiser for your skin type and concern online at Jurlique.

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