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Store shelves are lined from floor to ceiling with moisturizer options. How can you know which type of product — lotion, cream or serum — is right for you? Learn more about these products, so you can find the best skin care for you.


Lotions, creams and serums may contain humectants to moisturize and hydrate, as well as emollients to help seal in moisture and protect your skin. One of the biggest distinctions between these three is consistency.

Lotions are usually thinner in texture, because they contain greater amounts of water than oil. Creams, however, are oil-based and thick, containing deeply moisturizing ingredients. Serums are water-based, designed to be used in conjunction with both lotions and creams. And although they offer incredible benefits to the skin, serums are generally optional.

Lotions

Because lotions are lightweight and made with minimum amounts of oil, they’re ideal for normal to oily skin. Drier skin types typically require more hydration. Lotions get absorbed quickly and can be used day and night. You’ll find a wide array of formulas.


Creams

Because of their thick and rich consistency, creams provide dry and sensitive skin with extra moisture. Moisturizing creams contain many healing ingredients, including oils, plant extracts, hydrators and humectants, and they provide the skin with a protective layer, sealing in moisture and fending off environmental damage. They also give skin a smooth, velvety appearance and certain anti-aging creams will even improve the depth of fine lines.

Cream is also beneficial for combination skin that shows a slight shine during the day but requires more moisture than a lotion can provide. Use cream sparingly or strictly on the driest parts of your skin (such as the cheeks and neck).


Serums

One of the biggest benefits of serums is that they’re designed to penetrate deeper into the skin. They contain less “oils, wax and heavy lipids,” and are lighter, according to Daniel Maes, Ph.D., vice president of research and development at Estée Lauder, in Notebook. In addition, serums deliver high concentrations of skin-nourishing ingredients.


Bottom line

Many people find that with seasonal changes they need to switch moisturizers. For instance, normal skin can get oily during the summer (thereby needing a lighter moisturizer) but might need extra hydration in the winter (from a cream).

You might want to consult a skin care specialist about which combination of products is best to use. For example, some moisturizers can hamper the effectiveness of serums. “In the case of products formulated with alpha and beta hydroxy acids, the oils used in creams and lotions can interfere with the acidity of the active ingredients, making them less effective,” dermatologist Natasha Cook, M.D., tells Notebook.


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Deluxe Trial PyratineXR Creme CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ACURE Organics NIGHT CREAM: argan stem cell + 2% chlorella growth factor
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
Our Price: $21.25
NEW! Breakthrough formula for Rosacea Sufferers.
Best suited for normal / dry skin types

PyratineXR with 0.125% Furfuryl Tetrahydropyranyladenine has been followed in clinical studies for the past 48 weeks before coming to market in an effort to determine improvement in rosacea-prone skin.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream also forms a protective layer over the skins surface to help prevent moisture loss utilizing a patented delivery technology, MVE, that gradually releases these ingredients to nourish and hydrate your skin throughout the day. ACURE Organics NIGHT CREAM: argan stem cell + 2% chlorella growth factor

Natures nocturnal miracle! Age-fighting Argan Stem Cells, shown to help the skins natural repair process, firm and moisturize while 2% Chlorella Growth Factor fortifies collagen and elastin fibers. Hydrating Moroccan Argan Oil seals the deal, truly making this natures own skin rejuvenating system.
DermaZinc Cream PCA pHaze 33 Acne Cream ASAP Silver Skin Cream
DermaZinc Cream
Our Price: $23.95
Acne Cream - pHaze 33
Our Price: $24.00
ASAP Silver Skin Cream
Our Price: $25.00
DermaZinc Cream features a high emollient base for skin moisturizing and 0.25% zinc pyrithione. DermaZinc Cream is non-oily, has no lingering odor and is safe to use daily. To achieve maximum results it is recommended that DermaZinc Cream to be applied twice daily on affected areas.

DermaZinc Cream is extremely effective in treating red flaky, itchy, scaly skin associated with mild to moderate cases of eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis.
For mild acne, blemish-prone sensitive skin. After cleansing, apply a smooth layer to needed areas. During the day cover with sun block protection. Covering with pHaze 7 Protecting Hydrator (SPF 15) is recommended. ASAP Silver Skin Cream contains a powerful combination of SilverSol Nano Silver, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid for treatment of dry skin.

Excellent daily moisturizer for skin that is dry while still experiencing redness, sensitivity, acne breakouts and rosacea.
NIA 24 Gentle Cleansing Cream Pevonia Preserve Body Moisturizer Glyderm Cream
Preserve Body Moisturizer
Our Price: $33.00
Cream 5
Our Price: $35.00
Rich and replenishing, this cream cleanser removes surface impurities and makeup. Infused with moisture that binds the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. Contains 5% Pro-Niacin. Pevonia Preserve Body Moisturizer - Preserve a youthful body with this creamy, light-textured moisturizer. Smooth, hydrate, nourish, repair and soften skin texture with this rapidly-absorbed, revitalizing body moisturizer. GlyDerm Cream 5 AHA Indication - Dry or mature skin. Used to
continue to improve skin appearance or to keep the results of the
in-office applications lasting longer.
CELLective Clinical Glycolix Elite Facial Cream 15% Avene Hydrance Optimale SPF 25 Essential Multi-Defense Day Cream SPF 15
Hydrance Optimale SPF 25
Our Price: $36.00
CELLective Clinical Glycolix Elite Facial Cream 15% contains 15%
ultra-pure glycolic acid to accelerate the removal of dead skin cells
and provide softer, smoother, skin texture and tone.
Cosmetically elegant cream formulation contains dimethicone to help
prevent water loss and improve moisturization. Rich cream formulation
contains vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin C to condition the skin and
assist in minimizing free-radical-induced skin damage.
Gentle, creamy moisturizer formulated with patented formulation provides long-lasting hydration and protects against environmental and UV stressors. Helps dehydrated skin restore its hydrolipidic barrier and regain smoothness and luminosity.

For normal to dry skin.
A moisture-rich complex fortified with multi-antioxidants and sunscreens developed to strengthen your skin against the harmful environment. Natural cell nutrients, humectants and botanicals provide superior moisturization and conditioning. Formulated with a unique Poly and Alpha Hydroxy Acid combination that works all day to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
GlyDerm Hydrotone Max Sircuit handsome Ultra Luxurious Lavender Hand & Body Cream Gly Derm Cream Plus 10
Hydrotone Max
Our Price: $36.00
Cream PLUS 10
Our Price: $38.50
Hydrotone Max - For Mature or very dry skin. Compounded with powerful hydrating ingredients, this is an extremely effective moisturizer for very dry or mature skin. Excellent for winter use as a barrier against moisture loss. Sircuit Handsome brings it all together with an innovative blend of precious ingredients to restore moisture, soothe and strengthen the skin. We call it pure lavender nirvana.
No shortcuts here! Sircuit goes way beyond the normal to bring you a hand and body creme that's just a million times nicer. You'll get compliments from the first day you use it...
GlyDerm Cream Plus 10% AHA Indication - Dry or mature skin. Used to continue to improve skin appearance or to keep the results of the in-office applications lasting longer.

  • Improved skin hydration
  • Removal of excess dead skin cells revealing a smooth complexion
  • Softening of lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead as well as cheeks
  • Reduction in the size and visability of enlarged pores
Fundamental Multi-Protective Day Cream SPF 15 GlyDerm Cream Plus 12 CELLective Antioxidant Creme Cocktail
Cream PLUS 12
Our Price: $40.00
This daily anti-aging creme is formulated to hydrate and retexture skin, helping to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while revealing brighter, younger-looking skin. This was formally called the Sensitive Formula. GlyDerm Cream Plus 12 AHA Salicylated Glycolic Acid - Dry or mature skin. Used to continue to improve skin appearance or to keep the results of the in-office applications lasting longer.

GlyDerm Cream Plus 12% is a free acid value of glycolic acid in a time released formula allowing for exfoliation of dead skin cells and hydration of the skin simultaneously.
CELLective Antioxidant Creme Cocktail provides full spectrum antioxidant protection using resveratrol, coffee and goji berry extracts. This highly therapeutic creme also contains powerful peptides for wrinkle reduction and hydration. You can actually feel the penetration of these powerful antioxidants.
Glytone Rejuvenate Overnight Cream Avene D-Pigment Spot Corrector Rich CELLective Peptide Creme with  ALA
Part of the Glytone Essentials Line
A rejuvenating night cream formulated with a unique, patented microvesicle delivery system that slowly releases skin-enhancing glycolic acid and moisturizing agents while you sleep. Softens, smoothes and retexturizes skin for a healthy looking complexion.
Avene D-Pigment Spot Corrector treatment for hyperpigmentation reduces the appearance of dark spots and restores skin's luminosity. Its soft, velvety texture is suitable for the needs of dry to very dry skin. CELLective Peptide Creme w/ ALA (alpha lipoic acid) brings back luster and a youthful radiance. This is an excellent choice for dehydrated skin. ALA promotes cell energy production while the right peptides in this creme reduce lines and lifts tired, sagging skin.

**Excellent for skin changing due to fluctuations in hormone levels associated with menopause**
CELLective Super Firming Creme nightGUARD MAX Retinol eau thermale Avene Retrinal Anti-Aging Creme 0.05%
CELLective Super Firming Creme is designed to enhance the texture of the skin while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face and neck.

CELLective Super Firming Creme utilizes complex ingredients that help firm and tighten aging skin in the first 4 weeks of use.

nightGUARD MAX Retinol 0.6% in Microsponge® is designed to fight visible signs of aging, sun damage and oxidative stress. Recommended by dermatologists worldwide and sold exclusively in through physicians, all Eau Thermale Avene products are classified as dermo-cosmetics, which are at the forefront of skincare innovation.
Retrinal, a form of Vitamin A, has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with little to no skin irritation. Helps to restore radiance and elasticity to the skin. (It is recommended that first-time users of this product start at the 0.025% level and work their way up to 0.1%)
Tensage Soothing Cream Teamine Eye Complex NIA 24 Eye Repair Complex
Tensage Soothing Cream
Our Price: $62.00
Teamine Eye Complex
Our Price: $68.00
NIA 24 Eye Repair Complex
Our Price: $71.00
The Tensage Soothing Cream is a light, non-comedogenic cream that helps to prevent and slow the visible signs of aging and can also be used to soothe skin following dermatologic treatments. Teamine Eye Complex will strengthen capillaries, lighten and brighten dark circles, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate dry / flaky skin and reduce inflammation while pampering and protecting the delicate skin around the eyes.

Teamine Eye Complex helps create a younger-looking eye area, attacking the causes of signs of premature aging both on the cellular level and at the skin's surface.
A multi-beneficial eye cream for daily use. Ultra Rich Clinical Strength Pro-Niacin Eye Cream quickly penetrates to firm and brighten while minimizing dark circles, lines and puffiness.

Can you apply the Eye Repair Complex to the eyelid?
No. Avoid getting any of the Pro-Niacin molecule into the eye. Do not apply the eye cream directly to the eyelid. Apply only around the orbital bone.
Pevonia Evolutive Eye Cream Avene Retrinal Anti-Aging Creme 0.1% Neova Night Therapy
Evolutive Eye Cream
Our Price: $71.00
Neova Night Therapy
Our Price: $74.80
Pevonia Evolutive Eye Cream - Nourish, hydrate, smooth fine lines, firm, renew and protect the delicate skin around the eyes with this repairing eye cream. Repair and rejuvenate your eye contour. Avene Retrinal Creme 0.1% is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this specialized anti-aging cream effectively restores a more youthful appearance to the complexion.

Using Retinaldehyde, a non-irritating form of Retinoic acid, it firms and smoothes the skin, leaving it looking younger and healthier.


Nourishes the skin with concentrated health-essential copper, the building block for collagen and elastin, while providing a potent antioxidant defense against free radicals.