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Fountain Guide to Face Creams

Which face cream do you need?

There are so many different types of face creams – day, night, eye… So how do you choose the right ones in your beauty routine? The Fountain Guide to Face Creams reveals the differences.

Night Creams

These are usually thick creams and are normally oilier than day creams and very hydrating. Night creams are normally used for dry skin and don’t have a cooling effect. The key difference between night and day creams is that night creams have more active ingredients that benefit the skin. These actives need to stay on the skin for longer, which is why night creams feel oilier.

Our recommendations: Neuro Dream, Dynamic Moisture

Cleansing Creams

These are light creams with cleansing actives. Cleansing creams are very good for people with dry or sensitive skin as the cleansers have less irritating ingredients and leave a hydrating film over the skin. Cleansing creams are very good for removing dirt and makeup without removing the protective oils from the skin.

Our recommendations: Foaming Cleanser, Cleansing Balm

Day Creams

Similar to night creams, day creams are less greasy than night creams and generally have the added bonus of a SPF to protect from sun damage. Many day creams have long lasting actives to ensure all day hydration and protection.

Our recommendations: Neuro Sense, Ideal Moisture

Eye Creams

Applied to the delicate area around the eyes, eye creams have a light consistency and are made using non-irritating ingredients. This means certain preservatives and perfumes are not be used in the formulation of eye cream.

Our recommendations: Neuro Love, Perfection: Dark Circle Eye Cream

Vanishing creams

These are watery creams that wash off easily and are known for their cooling effect. Vanishing creams having some oils in them, therefore they do have a mild hydrating effect on the skin – although minimal compared to other creams. Vanishing creams are popular with medical topical products, due to their vanishing nature when applied.

Reference: Handbook of Cosmetic Skin Care second edition.

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