Face Cream vs. Body Cream: Similarities and Differences

Face Cream vs. Body Cream: Similarities and Differences

There are thousands of skin care products available, each with different purposes. Face cream, for example, is made to treat the delicate skin on your face, while body lotion is meant for rougher skin. While using one product for your whole body might be tempting, it's not a good idea. Face cream and body lotion are not interchangeable.

This article discusses the differences between the two products and why you should never use them interchangeably. 

  1. Consistency 

Creams and lotions have different consistencies. Creams are thicker, with higher percentages of oils and good ingredients. The thicker consistency creates a barrier against the outside elements, allowing the cream to sink in deeper. Thicker creams also deliver more beneficial ingredients to the skin as they have less water content, making them ideal for the face.

Body lotions have a higher water content to cover more surface area. However, this also means there is less room for other beneficial ingredients. Body lotions are better for tougher-skinned areas.

  1. Skin Tightening Properties

Facial moisturizers have skin-tightening properties that can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and keep the skin looking youthful. However, these same properties can cause discomfort and irritation when used on the body. The skin can feel stretched and dry, and cracks may form around stretched areas, such as the knuckles or elbows.

Body lotions are designed to help keep the skin elastic and can be used on the hands, arms, and legs. Even the best face moisturizer with natural ingredients shouldn't be used on the body.

  1. Gentleness

Facial moisturizers are more delicate and have fewer ingredients that can clog pores. Body lotions are made for stricter skin and don't have as many harmful ingredients. The face cream is good for your face because it is less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts.

Body moisturizers are more effective than gentle moisturizers for the tough skin on the body and hands. They don't wear off easily and keep the body hydrated all day. Hand creams are designed to sink deep into the skin and resist the touching and work your hands do throughout the day.

  1. Fragrances and Additives

Most people prefer heavily fragranced body lotions. They like their body to smell like roses or other scents, and the fragrances don't bother them. The skin on your body is tougher than your face so it can handle fragranced products better.

Many people don't enjoy heavily scented face creams. These products have a more subdued smell, usually from natural materials. No one wants to keep smelling a potent fragrance all day, especially when strong-smelling creams are applied close to the nose. 

As you can see, there are several clear distinctions between face creams and body lotions. They shouldn't be used interchangeably, so purchasing separate products for different areas of your body is best.


Though they are very useful products, there are some differences between facial moisturizers and body lotions. If you want to learn more about the best-selling facial moisturizers, check out this article. Body lotions are suitable for the elbows, hands, and legs. If you think you are using the wrong product, revert to the basics and read the labels.

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