Gel Or Cream? A Common Skin Care Dilemma, Solved

When it comes to skincare products, not only are you faced with the challenge of figuring out which items are best for your skin concerns, you also have to decide on delivery forms. Gels, creams, elixirs, scrubs, serums, mists—the application options seem endless. How can you possibly know which type to pick?

First things first: identify your skin type. Knowing your skin type will help you determine which form of a product will work best for you. For example, someone with oily skin will have better results with a lightweight gel hydrator, while someone with dry skin might do better with a rich, emollient cream.

Because many skincare products are available as either gels/serums or creams, it helps to better understand how each works before deciding what to buy. Here is a breakdown of the three most common options:

Gel Cleansers vs. Creamy Cleansers

Gel Cleansers tend to be soapy and sudsy making them an ideal choice for someone with a normal-oily or oily-blemish prone skin type. Often times, gel cleansers have exfoliating enzymes or properties to help lift dirt and debris from the skin, leaving it soft and smooth with a matte complexion. Gel cleansers give you a squeaky clean feeling.

Creamy Cleansers are an excellent option for sensitive or dry skin types because they are designed to remove surface impurities without causing dryness or irritation. Creamy cleansers tend to feel thicker and more emollient, so you won’t get the same soapy, sudsy effect like you do from gels. But rest assured, creamy cleansers can be a great option for the right skin type. Bonus: creamy cleansers make the best makeup removers!

Gel Serums vs. Cream Moisturizers

Serums are designed to saturate skin with a potent dose of nutrients and ingredients. These ingredients are absorbed into the skin and penetrate deeper than moisturizers. Serums can be used on their own or in combination with other serums and creams. Someone with oily skin might prefer a lightweight serum, like the Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum, in place of a heavy moisturizing cream. Serums penetrate the skin quickly without creating a heavy, occlusive barrier on the surface, making them a great fit for oily and/or blemish-prone skin types.

Eye Gels vs. Eye Creams

Gel-based eye products are ideal for anyone concerned about dark circles, puffiness or swelling. Eye serums and gels are formulated to penetrate deep into the delicate eye areas skin, helping to tighten, firm and relieve puffiness.

An eye cream is the best option to go with if you are concerned about wrinkles, fine lines or dryness. Eye creams generally moisturize and hydrated the delicate, sensitive skin around the eyes.