Both are necessary for the nourishment of the skin, especially if it is dry. In some cases, oil and cream can be applied together. Find out how to choose them and when to use them
Oil or cream? This is the dilemma. In reality, it is not a true aut aut, or one or the other product, but both perform the essential function of moisturizing and nourishing the skin. Both face and body. The differences are in the textures, and more. There are several reasons for using oil at times, cream at other times, or together, first one and then the other. Personal taste also plays a big role, since taking care of yourself must be a pleasure.
Face or body oil and cream: the differences
The oil has a greasy consistency, unlike the cream which, containing water, can appear in a texture from fluid to buttery. For this reason, the skin absorbs the oil more slowly than a cream, although - as we will see - there are some tricks to accelerate its absorption. This means that the oil ensures more intense nourishment and, in a certain sense, longer lasting than the cream. In fact, it is often chosen by those with skin that appears dry and dehydrated. The cream guarantees immediate hydration , especially when there is a need to soothe the typical discomfort of a "thirsty" skin.
Other differences, related to the texture, concern the application : the oil requires a more accurate massage than the cream, although this is not always the case. In fact, it is sufficient to apply it on damp skin to speed up its drafting. And then there are some rich creams that need to be heated in your hands before being applied, such as 100% pure Shea butter Fruttonero .
How to use skin oil
The most practical method for applying body oil is immediately after a shower, when moist skin and with open pores will facilitate its application. The reason? The drops of water still present on the skin, even if invisible, act as a carrier of the oil which will thus penetrate better, ensuring greater absorption. This is also the secret to making sure that the oil does not grease the skin.
To do this, a smart idea is to apply oil in the shower , i.e. immediately after rinsing. In this way, spreading it all over the body will be a very fast operation, indeed the oil molecules will bind to those of the water, forming an emulsion ... super moisturizing! And the bathrobe will prevent any effect of greasy skin.
Nothing prevents you from using body oil on dry skin , especially on the most chapped areas such as the elbows, knees and shins. In case of pregnancy, massaging a vegetable oil on the belly keeps stretch marks away, because it has elasticizing properties.
face oil can also be applied to moist skin , but in this case it is more effective to precede it with a moisturizing serum like that of the line Anti Age with vitamin C Fruttonero , containing hyaluronic acid, the moisturizer par excellence.
Otherwise, a good massage on dry skin is ideal for preventing wrinkles, both for the high content of anti-aging active ingredients in the oils and for the lifting maneuvers performed with the fingertips. On the face, the oil is applied from bottom to top, trying to stretch the skin with light pressure, without forgetting the neck and décolleté.
If you fear that the oil makes the face greasy, let's dispel a myth: if it is 100% natural, the oil does not grease the skin (nor does it cause impurities) because its fats are sebum-like, that is of a composition very similar to the hydrolipidic mantle of the epidermis.
Can the oil and cream be used together?
Of course, you have two methods. Take a dollop of moisturizer and place it on the palm of your hand, then pour 2-3 drops of oil and mixture. It is a trick to make the face cream more full-bodied and nourishing, indicated if the skin is very dry or in case of harsh climate.
An alternative is to apply the cream first and then the oil, because in cosmetics we always start from the product with a more full-bodied texture, otherwise they do not absorb well. Our advice is to reserve this treatment in the evening, before going to sleep, unless you live in an area with a very dry and cold climate.
In summary, better oil or cream?
As we have seen, there is no single answer, a lot depends on tastes. We give you some tips: for the body, choose the oil when you want to hydrate yourself at the same time as the shower. The cream, on the other hand, is always perfect, even when you are in a hurry.
For the face, opt for oil if you have dry skin or skin that dehydrates easily. If you have normal skin, however, use oil when you feel that yours needs extra nourishment, as a "regenerating" care for the night.
The best face and body oil? The natural is even better if 100% pure , that is composed of a single ingredient, which guarantees the highest concentration of active ingredients for the skin. A few examples? In the Fruttonero catalog you will find face and body oils that keep the skin soft and supple, helping to prevent aging:
- Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant;
- Camellia oil contains Vitamin A, with a regenerating action;
- Andiroba oil , is distinguished by the presence of alpha-hydroxy acids or fruit acids, which act at the level of the epidermis, stimulate cell turnover.