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Difference Between Moisturizer and Cream

Moisturizer vs Cream

Moisturizers and creams both help in keeping our skin hydrated, supple, and smooth. They also help in removing and reducing acne, blemishes, pimples, dark circles under the eyes, etc. They are used for rejuvenating the skin and providing the skin with certain vitamins and minerals which are especially required to keep the skin looking healthy and without any flaws.

Moisturizers and creams are not only used for cosmetic purposes. There are special creams used by medical practitioners who use them after surgery to heal the scars and reduce their appearance to a minimum. Other medicated creams are also used for treating certain skin ailments like eczema, etc.

Moisturizers and creams should be chosen according to the requirements of the skin. Comparing a cream and a moisturizer, the moisturizer has a thinner consistency than a cream. They are lighter and do not clog the pores and are used most commonly in the daytime. Due to their thinner consistency they are easily absorbed into the skin and help in keeping the skin hydrated for a long period of time. There are many types of moisturizers. Some are heavier than the others and are especially made for dry skin types. One must choose a moisturizer according to their skin type. Moisturizers, though lighter than creams, are heavier than lotions, and their main base is oil and water. The proportion of oil in a moisturizer is more than a lotion and less than a cream. Moisturizers are usually made for the face; they sometimes have special added ingredients in them to reduce wrinkles, marks, and blemishes. There are some moisturizers which can be used daily and have SPF in them which protects the skin from ultraviolet rays of the sun.

Creams are medicated as well as non-medicated. They have a thicker consistency than the moisturizers and are used most commonly at night to rejuvenate the skin. As the oil content is very high in creams, it is more suited for night use as opposed to the daytime. Due to dust in the atmosphere when one goes outside the house and other impurities in the environment, the skin’s pores get clogged and give rise to acne problems. The main function of creams is to keep the moisture of the skin inside and not let it get dried out.

There are many medicated creams which are loaded with vitamins. Sometimes they are fortified with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial ingredients to help heal the skin and its ailments. They sometimes have ingredients which reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, scars from surgery, or acne blemishes, etc.


1.Moisturizers have a thinner consistency than creams.
2.Moisturizers are mainly used in the daytime whereas creams are mainly used at nighttime.
3.Moisturizers are used to hydrate the skin, and they are absorbed by the skin. Creams usually help in locking the moisture of the skin inside.

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