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What is a Cream? Also referred to as Crème?

Like lotions, a cream is a blend of oil and water, but with a higher oil concentration (50-50 ratio of water and oil). Creams are thicker in consistency than lotions. Crème’s provide a barrier that keeps your skin ultra-hydrated. Body massage creams and most face crème’s are usually sold in a jar container or tub because of the thickness of the contents. Crème’s are not usually pumpable.

Key Cream Features

  • Creams are an emulsion of water and oil
  • Crème’s are classified as either “oil in water” (o/w) or “water in oil” (w/o) emulsions
  • Creams often contain emulsifiers and preservatives which may cause contact allergy. Please review all the ingredients carefully.
  • The best choice for dry skin
  • Sold in a jar, not usually pump-able
  • Favourite winter medium and for very dry skin

What are the Benefits of Using a Cream/Creme?

Massage Creams are used to treat and prevent dry, cracked skin while keeping the skin supple and moisturized. Because crème’s skin barrier provides ultra-hydration, they are most often used to treat dry to excessively dry skin and for normal skin during the harsher winter months.

Creams or Creme's may be heavier and richer than lotion and, therefore, thicker in consistency. For this reason, cream is typically sold in a jar. Crème’s are the better choice for dry to very dry skin and better for normal skin during the harsh winter months. Cream provides a barrier that helps keep the skin ultra-hydrated, which is why it is recommended for nighttime use. Offering deep hydration while you sleep, various skin care formulas use cream as the delivery to help improve the appearance of aging skin. Creams are often the choice of massage therapists in Spa’s. Select Crème’s for massage after water treatments.

Note: Oil-based creams(W/O) (should not be used on your face unless you have excessive dryness. But they’re ideal for dry skin on your hands, feet, and legs.

Cream Summary

  • Creams/Crème’s are also mostly water-based. (O/W)
  • Some creams are an oil based. (W/O)
  • Creams are thicker and take time to get absorbed by the skin.
  • Creams were once the only choice people had, until gels came along
  • Use all year for hydrating extra dry skin.
  • Use in winter for hydrating normal skin types.

Two types of Crème’s

W/O (water in oil) - greasy- use on hands, feet, legs, body
O/W (Oil in water) - non-greasy - use for face

  • o/w creams (e.g. vanishing creams) spread easily and do not leave the skin greasy or sticky
  • w/o creams (e.g. cold cream) are thicker, often, more greasy and more emollient
  • A favourite medium for night creams and hydrating body and face creams