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Lotion vs Moisturizer: What’s the Difference and Which Do You Need?

Lotion vs Moisturizer: What’s the Difference and Which Do You Need?

It can get confusing when trying to decide what skincare products you should use. Especially when you hear lotion and moisturizer used interchangeably. So what’s the difference between a lotion vs. a moisturizer? And how do you know which one is best for your skin?

Let’s talk about it!

What is a skin moisturizer?

Moisturizers are designed to hydrate and nourish your skin. It can be a cream, gel, serum, or lotion. 

A good moisturizer will replenish your skin’s moisture and create a protective barrier to prevent further water loss. Moisturizers are usually made with a combination of ingredients to lock in that moisture, soothe any dryness, and improve skin texture & appearance.

And if you’re looking to take care of specific skin concerns, look for moisturizers that include antioxidants, vitamins, and/or peptides.

What is lotion?

Lotion is a type of moisturizer. 

Think of it this way: All lotions are moisturizers, but not all moisturizers are lotions.

Lotion is lighter than a cream moisturizer. And is made to have a higher water consistency, making it easier to spread on your skin. It will provide hydration to your skin and maintain moisture.

So what’s the difference between a lotion vs. a moisturizer?

The main difference will be in the texture and formulation.

Lotion is lightweight and great for daily use. If you live in a warmer climate or have normal to slightly dry skin, you may find lotions work best.

A moisturizer can be a cream, gel, or serum. But most people think of the creamy type when talking about moisturizers.

A creamy moisturizer is thicker and has more intense hydration. If you have dry skin, sensitive skin, or specific skin care needs, a cream moisturizer may be what you need.

Do I need to use both a lotion and moisturizer for my skin?

No, you don’t need both a lotion and moisturizer for your skin. When choosing which to use, it’ll all come down to personal preference and skin care needs.

But which is better: a moisturizer or lotion?

It all depends on your needs and preferences. Both provide hydration and maintain skin moisture. 

If you prefer a lightweight feel, then a lotion may be best. If you need deeper hydration, a cream moisturizer is what you need.

For example, the melted wax from our candles can be used as a moisturizer. It’s creamy and thick. Perfect for deep hydration.

But our Body Lotion is lightweight and ideal for daily use. 

It all comes down to what you need and prefer!

How do I choose a moisturizer vs a lotion? Which one do I need?

To choose between a moisturizer and lotion, consider the following:

Skin type

If you have dry skin, you’ll want a more intense moisturizer than you can get from a cream. 

If you have normal to combination skin, the lighter lotion may work better for you.


A drier climate can make your skin feel and appear dry. So a thicker moisturizer would be better. 

A lighter-formulated lotion would feel good without being too heavy in a humid climate.


A lotion is typically lightweight and absorbs quickly.

A cream moisturizer is thicker and may sit on the skin a little longer.

Skin needs

Though lotions can help with specific skin needs, you’ll find more moisturizers designed to address issues like sensitivity, acne, or aging.


Lotion works great for daytime use since it’s light and absorbs easily. 

Moisturizers work great at night when you want deeper hydration and to support your skin’s regeneration while you sleep.

Is it okay to use a lotion as a moisturizer? Can lotion be used as a moisturizer?

Yes! If you like lightweight, easy-to-apply products, then a lotion is for you. Just make sure to get one specifically designed for your face or your body.

With the right lotion, your skin’s beauty will shine through!

And we have a great Body Lotion that can help do just that.

Lasting up to 12 hours after use, you’ll feel instant hydration from our Body Lotion. You’ll love the supple feeling of your skin provided by our exclusive formula that includes a private blend of hemp seed oil.

All of our Body Line products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, sulfate-free, and made without phthalates.

Putting lotion on after a shower has never felt so good or so indulgent.

Start enjoying today – shop Soy Delicious’ Body Line!

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