Gel or Cream? A Common Skin Care Dilemma, Solved

by | Updated: December 2nd, 2016 | Read time: 4 minutes

When it comes to skincare products, not only are you faced with the challenge of figuring out which items are best for your skin concerns, you also have to decide on delivery forms. Gels, creams, elixirs, scrubs, serums, mists—the application options seem endless. How can you possibly know which type to pick?

Skincare Gel vs. Cream

First things first: identify your skin type. Knowing your skin type will help you determine which form of a product will work best for you. For example, someone with oily skin will have better results with a lightweight gel hydrator, while someone with dry skin might do better with a rich, emollient cream.

Because many skincare products are available as either gels/serums or creams, it helps to better understand how each works before deciding what to buy. Here is a breakdown of the three most common options:

Gel Cleansers vs. Creamy Cleansers

Gel Cleansers tend to be soapy and sudsy making them an ideal choice for someone with a normal-oily or oily-blemish prone skin type. Often times, gel cleansers have exfoliating enzymes or properties to help lift dirt and debris from the skin, leaving it soft and smooth with a matte complexion. Gel cleansers give you a squeaky clean feeling.

MyChelle offers four uniquely designed gel based cleansing options:

  • Fruit Enzyme Cleanser: a gentle deep cleanser for all skin types that will remove impurities to uncover remarkably fresh, smooth skin
  • Apple Brightening Cleanser: gently cleanses away the look of discoloration and sun damage while refining and smoothing the surface of the skin
  • White Cranberry Cleanser: a naturally exfoliating and pore-clearing cleanser that brings skin into a healthy balance and keeps it calm without causing dryness
  • Clear Skin Cleanser: a deep-cleansing gel that dissolves excess oil and removes debris to purify blemish prone skin

Creamy Cleansers are an excellent option for sensitive or dry skin types because they are designed to remove surface impurities without causing dryness or irritation. Creamy cleansers tend to feel thicker and more emollient, so you won’t get the same soapy, sudsy effect like you do from gels. But rest assured, creamy cleansers can be a great option for the right skin type. Bonus: creamy cleansers make the best makeup removers!

MyChelle offers three rich-creamy cleansing options:

  • Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser: a vitamin rich, gentle, nourishing cleanser that removes surface impurities while protecting moisture balance
  • Honeydew Unscented Cleanser: a gentle, scent-free cleanser that leaves the skin deeply clean, soft and moisturized
  • Pure Harmony Cleanser: a delicate, hydrating cleanser that washes away irritating impurities and soothes sensitive skin

Gel Serums vs. Cream Moisturizers

Serums are designed to saturate skin with a potent dose of nutrients and ingredients. These ingredients are absorbed into the skin and penetrate deeper than moisturizers. Serums can be used on their own or in combination with other serums and creams. Someone with oily skin might prefer a lightweight serum, like the Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum, in place of a heavy moisturizing cream. Serums penetrate the skin quickly without creating a heavy, occlusive barrier on the surface, making them a great fit for oily and/or blemish-prone skin types.

MyChelle serums are all about synergy. They balance oil and hydration while strengthening your skin, increasing visible firmness, reducing wrinkles, improving cellular communication and giving your skin a boost of youthful vibrancy. We offer several serum options depending on your skin type and skin care goals. A must-have serum for everyone is the Perfect C Serum, an advanced serum to protect skin’s health while combating the signs of aging by strengthening collagen and diminishing uneven skin tone.

Cream moisturizers are ideal for almost everyone and, in fact, can be used in conjunction with serums, primers and spot treatments. If you have a drier skin type or are looking to slow down the aging process a bit, creams are the way to go. MyChelle’s rich and luxurious nourishing creams moisturize deep within the epidermis, softening and plumping skin, while also diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. We have a wide array of options—from our lightweight Oil Free Grapefruit Cream to our rich Revitalizing Night Cream—so every face can find exactly what it needs to achieve the ultimate in vibrancy and resilience.

Eye Gels vs. Eye Creams

Gel-based eye products are ideal for anyone concerned about dark circles, puffiness or swelling. Eye serums and gels are formulated to penetrate deep into the delicate eye areas skin, helping to tighten, firm and relieve puffiness. Try Magnolia Fresh Eyes, a blend of peptides and plant extracts sheds light on even the darkest under-eye shadows and sends bags packing. Eyeseryl® Peptide strengthens weakened capillaries and supports the release of excess fluid responsible for dark circles and puffiness. Green coffee stimulates and revives, while magnolia leaf extract helps strengthen and promote repair for a well-rested look.

An eye cream is the best option to go with if you are concerned about wrinkles, fine lines or dryness. Eye creams generally moisturize and hydrated the delicate, sensitive skin around the eyes. Incorporate the MyChelle Fabulous Eye Cream into your daily routine to fight signs of aging, while also hydrating! This advanced formula nourishes the delicate eye area while minimizing the look of fine lines. Revolutionary edelweiss plant stem cells inhibit collagen breakdown and are clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth by 15 percent after only 20 days of use. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture within the skin, smoothing and firming the eye area. You can even use this product as a spot treatment on the fine lines around the mouth.