Powders vs Creams and Ointments

by Stefanie Lendzian on September 20, 2021

Skin care can involve a variety of different products for your skin. Creams, ointments and powders are all different types of products you might reach for to hydrate your skin—but which one is best? With so many different options on the market it can be difficult to make a decision.

The simple truth is that for keeping your skin hydrated, powders excel over creams and ointments in every respect. Here’s why.

Powders don’t attract bacteria

Ointments and creams are very moist environments. Bacteria needs moisture in order to breed and grow, and most feel right at home in those creams. If your cream comes in a jar you dip your fingers into before spreading on your skin, you may have inoculated the jar itself with bacteria from your fingers.

That jar can be a dirty location for other reasons too. It can be very hard to avoid things like eyelashes, dead skin, and other matter falling into the jar while you have it open to use. And, the jar gets even dirtier if you share it with others.

On the other hand, powders are dry. They don’t make a great place for bacteria to gather and breed, there’s no moisture for them to grow. Powders are usually sprinkled or dusted using a brush, instead of spread on, which keeps fingers out of the jar.

Powders can hydrate just as well as creams

Powder may not harbor bacteria, but if the goal is to help hydrate dry and cracked skin, how can a product that is already dry help moisturize? Powders can have moisturizing ingredients in them such as Omega Fatty Acids, marine minerals, and more. These ingredients not only moisturize, but also feed the skin nutrients to help give your skin the best possible health.

Powders are recommended during hot and dry times as well, because they don’t clog your pores or make you feel suffocated or sticky. In hot weather, powders can leave you feeling fresh, and won’t cause your clothing or hair to stick to you uncomfortably.

Powders can improve skin health

The same ingredients that help a powder moisturize are also very good for the skin in general. The skin is the human body’s largest organ, and is a living part of our body that truly benefits from proper nutrition.

If you’re hoping for a product that is good for your skin in every respect, a powder is more likely to help than an ointment or cream.

There are many different products out there that claim to help keep your skin from getting dry, but it’s important to think of more than just what the product does. It’s true that ointments and creams will likely do a good job of moisturizing the skin, but that shouldn’t put you at risk for infection at the same time.

A powder is the better choice because not only does it inhibit the growth of bacteria and make it less likely for disease to spread, but it also offers nutrition for your skin on top of helping you feel better.

For more information on talc-free all natural powders that are safe and soothing for all skin, click here to learn more about NAPRIM Naturals’ dusting and nourishing powders.


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