Question for the Expert: Are creams or oils better to moisturise the skin?

Asked by Ellen Harris


It really does not matter whether you use creams or oils or lotions.  What is important is the active ingredients that these contain. They should contain humectants such as glycerine or hyaluronates and some of the natural moisturising factors such as sphingolipids and urea.

Dr Nick Lowe MD, FRCP, FACP

Written by: Dr Nick Lowe MD, FRCP, FACP, Consultant Dermatologist