Emulsions – What The Heck Are They?

My guess is that you’re reading this page because you care about your skin. If so, then I’d like to pat you on your back! Not everyone cares enough to want to take action and improve their skin. However, those that do will want to know what an emulsion is and how it can help your skin. That holds especially true if you’re into Korean skin care treatments and tactics.

Think about it a second, we all are literally constantly bombarded with millions of advertisements about this or that skin care product, this and that cream or emulsion. While most beauty related terms are quite self-explanatory, the term emulsion is not so clear and not many people know the correct definition.

Truth be told, I didn’t until I started researching things to get a clearer picture.

That’s exactly why I have decided to write this article, explaining everything you must to know about emulsions, what they are, where to get them, and most importantly, how to properly use them.

What Is An Emulsion

What Is An Emulsion?

This is honestly the best definition that I could come up with for this. An “emulsion” is a light version of a skin cream or moisturizing cream. Most moisturizing creams are dense and on the heavy side. They literally feel heavy to touch and even heavier once applied to your skin. Unlike these, most emulsions are water-based and are far thinner and lighter than the typical moisturizing creams.

When compared in terms of viscosity, the emulsion has what’s known as a gel-like consistency or even something close to the liquid state of some sort. Manufacturers today create emulsions that are the consistency of jelly and spread like gel. The consistency of an emulsion is of key importance. It’s literally the determinant for whether or not it’s going to feel good on the skin.

When applying an emulsion, it should not sit long on the surface of your skin like a facial cream does. Instead, it should absorb easily in the skin leaving it moisturized and feeling light as can be.

What’s The Purpose

If you haven’t figured out by now, an emulsion is basically a specific moisturizer. It pretty much offers the same effects that a moisturizing cream does. However, the main difference is the consistency and the absorption. As with any moisturizer, the emulsion is intended to lock in the moisture, preventing one’s skin from ultimately drying out.

The main purpose can vary among manufacturers. What I mean by that is that some product creators have created emulsions to assist with boosting moisture levels as well as lightening dark areas of your skin.

How To Use It

First off, you need to know that literally, anyone can use a skin care emulsion. The intended use is as an in-between product between a serum and a cream, it should be used as such too. Serums are very light and very concentrated, and creams are very heavy and not so concentrated, an emulsion is literally in between these two in terms of consistency.

That said, most people apply them in their regimen after applying a serum and before applying a cream. Doing so allows one to lock in the effects by the serum as it prepares the skin for the cream.

Emulsions For Various Scenarios

As with other skin-care products, each consumer must find the correct emulsion that best meets the needs for their skin type. There are different types of emulsions for different types of skin.

A person with oily skin is best off if they start their daily skin care routine with a moisturizing emulsion along with a protective cream that contains SPF. Those with oily skin are best to use a very light, water-based emulsion instead of a heavier oil-based cream. Reason being, the emulsion is more easily absorbed into the skin.

Another “plus” in favor of emulsion use are those with oily skin living in hot climates. See, an emulsion gets easily absorbed into the skin, locking in the moisture and preventing skin damage from the heat. There’s nothing worse than applying a heavy cream in the god-awful heat to give you that weighed down feeling. Not to mention, it makes you feel sticky and gross in general producing undesired effects.

The same goes for the other skin types.

For combination skin, there are emulsions that help better control excess oil and sebum excretion. Many of these can only be applied to the oily T-zone. However, there are some that can be used on the whole face without the risk of further aggravating acne-prone skin. This can make matters worse if not careful.

People with dry skin are the ones that have the most to gain from this type of product. Dry skin is prone to drying out even more. It’s prone to cracking and peeling as well. So, anyone with this type of skin needs to use moisturizers in order to retain proper moisture levels within the skin.

You can use emulsions in very cold weather as an additional layer of moisturizing cream in combination with a face cream. And in very hot weather, you can use only a layer of the emulsion as a protective water-based layer that will provide your skin with the much-needed moisture and not be a burden to your face.


It’s possible for you to use an emulsion as well as a moisturizing cream in tandem for double the effect. For those with extremely dry skin, you can always mix in a little oil into the emulsion and get the benefits from both a water-based and oil-based product all-in-one. What’s not to love about that right?


Check the Internet for emulsions and pick one up if you’ve never used one before. There are different emulsions out there and something that caters to you and your needs regardless of your skin type. If your intentions are to lock in the moisture, then this might help. Assuming you do try something out, let us know how things pan out and what you end up picking up!

Are you familiar with skin care emulsions? Do you use one? If you have any experience with these, or you have any questions, please share with our readers in the comments below.

Emulsions – What The Heck Are They?
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