Both are necessary for skin nourishment, especially if the skin is dry. In some cases, oil and cream can be applied together. Find out how to choose them and when to use them
OIio or cream? This is the dilemma. Actually, it is not really an aut aut aut, either one or the other product, but both serve the indispensable function of moisturizing and nourishing the skin. Both of the face and the body. The differences lie in the textures, and not only that. There are different reasons why to use sometimes oil, sometimes cream, or together, first one and then the other. Personal taste also plays a big role, since taking care of oneself should be a pleasure.
Face or body oil and cream: the differences
Oil has an oily consistency, as opposed to cream, which, containing water, can come in a fluid to buttery texture. For this reason, the skin absorbs oil more slowly than a cream, although-as we shall see-there are tricks to speed up its absorption. This means that oil provides more intense and, in a sense, long-lasting nourishment than cream. In fact, it is often chosen by those whose skin appears dry and dehydrated. Cream provides immediate hydration, especially when there is a need to soothe the typical discomfort of "thirsty" skin.
Other differences, related to texture, concernapplication: oil requires a more thorough massage than cream, although this is not always the case. It is sufficient, in fact, to apply it on damp skin to speed up the application. And then there are some rich creams that need to be warmed between the hands before application , such as 100% pure shea butter Fruttonero.
How to use skin oil
The most practical way to apply body oil is immediately after showering, when moist skin with open pores will make it easier to apply. The reason? The drops of water still on the skin, although invisible, act as a carrier for the oil, which will thus penetrate better, ensuring greater absorption. This is also the secret to ensuring that the oil does not grease the skin.
For this purpose, a smart idea is to apply theoil in the shower, that is, immediately after rinsing off. In this way, spreading it all over the body will be a very quick operation, indeed the oil molecules will bind with water molecules, forming an emulsion...super moisturizing! And the bathrobe will avert any greasy skin effect.
Nothing prohibits usingbody oil on dry skin, especially on the most chapped areas such as elbows, knees and shins. In the case of pregnancy, massaging a vegetable oil on the belly will keep stretch marks away because it has elasticizing properties.
Facial oil can also be applied to moist skin, but in this case it is more effective to have it preceded by a moisturizing serum such as the one from the Vitamin C anti-aging line Fruttonero, containing hyaluronic acid, the ultimate moisturizer.
Otherwise, a good massage on dry skin is ideal for preventing wrinkles, both because of the oils' high content of anti-aging actives and the lifting maneuvers performed with the fingertips. On the face, oil is applied from the bottom up, trying to relax the skin with gentle pressure, not forgetting the neck and décolleté.
If you are afraid that oil will make your face greasy, let's dispel a myth: if it is 100% natural, oil does not make the skin greasy (nor does it provide impurities) because its fats are seboaffin, that is, of a composition very similar to the hydrolipid mantle of the epidermis.
Can the oil and cream be used together?
Of course, you have two methods at your disposal. Take a dollop of moisturizer and place it on the palm of your hand, then pour 2-3 drops of oil and blend. This is a trick to make the face cream more full-bodied and nourishing, suitable if your skin is very dry or in harsh weather.
An alternative is to apply the cream first and then the oil, because in cosmetics you always start with the product with the most full-bodied texture, otherwise it will not absorb well. Our advice is to reserve this care for the evening, before going to bed, 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 one answer, much depends on taste. We give you some hints: for the body, choose oil when you want to moisturize at the same time as showering. Cream, on the other hand, is perfect all the time, 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, on the other hand, use oil when you feel yours needs extra nourishment, as a "restorative" overnight care.
The best oil for face and body? The natural one and even better if it is 100% pure, that is, composed of only one 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: