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What is a Body Lotion?

A lotion is a topical preparation, applied to the skin with bare hands or cotton wool, with the intent to moisturise and/or treat the skin. Most body lotions are meant to simply keep the skin soft, smooth and healthy, but they can also have anti-ageing properties and contain fragrances.

Body lotions are less viscous than creams, as they contain a larger percentage of water. This gives them a thinner consistency, making it easier for them to be spread over a large area. They normally come in a bottle and are easy to apply. You can also use body lotions on a daily basis as they are light and easily absorbed by the skin.

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Ingredients of a Body Lotion:

When choosing a body lotion for your skin, it’s important for you to know what ingredients it contains. Every skin type has its own unique issues, and it is important to understand what you are putting on your skin to avoid any flare-ups or adverse reactions. These are some of the most common ingredients found in body lotions:
  1. Ceramides – Ceramides are lipid molecules found in the membrane of skin cells, and are credited with helping to prevent moisture loss. Ceramides help maintain and restore the skin’s barrier function, sealing in the moisture
  2. Essential fatty acids – Also known as healthy fats, essential fatty acids provide cells with the fuel they need to carry out biological processes. The body doesn’t produce essential fatty acids on its own, so they must be absorbed from your diet or lotion. The skin needs this fuel for the moisturising function, and to keep itself healthy and glowing
  3. Glycerine, glycols and polyols – These ingredients have a special power to draw in and retain moisture, making them essential in soaps and cleansers. The presence of these ingredients means that your skin will not be stripped of its natural moisture when using the said products
  4. Hyaluronic acid – The hyaluronic acid molecule absorbs about 1,000 times its own weight in water. This ingredient offers a quick and effective hydrating action, which keeps collagen and elastin moist and functioning. If you have oily skin, hyaluronic acid is the perfect ingredient – it is lightweight, non-oily and safe to use even for acne-prone complexions
  5. Peptides – Peptides are amino acids that tell your skin how to function properly. They also help your skin to produce collagen, which keeps the skin youthful by reducing the appearances of wrinkles over time. Peptides are also known to be helpful in minimising the symptoms of skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis
  6. Vitamin E – This essential ingredient works to hydrate skin, promotes healthy elasticity, and even defends against free radicals. This makes it the ideal anti-ageing ingredient, and hence, most face and body care products today include Vitamin E
  7. Antioxidants – Antioxidants fight free radicals, cell damage and wrinkles, and are really good for your skin. There are many types of anti-oxidants, which can be absorbed through food as well as body lotions, keeping your skin healthy inside out
 

Applying the right face lotion can decrease acne breakouts

Most people, at some time or another, have assumed that applying face creams to acne-prone skin is a no-no. However, breakouts don’t disappear when your skin is dry. Dryness can exacerbate acne.

What you want to achieve is balance. Sometimes oil-free moisturizers work for those who want to avoid a greasy texture.

If you have oily skin you may want to try JUARA Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Oil-Free Moisturizer. It’s a refreshing cream-gel that helps control oil and minimize the look of pores. It’s also fragrance-free, which can be a bonus for those with sensitive skin.

What to Look for in a Body Lotion

Humectants

There are several different types of moisturizing ingredients out there, but according to board-certified dermatologist and founder of Eternal Dermatology in Fulton, MD, Dr. Ife Rodney, humectants are the best ones to seek out in a body lotion. They attract moisture to and seal it in the skin but are still lightweight and don’t feel heavy on the skin. Some of her favorites to look for include hyaluronic acid and glycerin.

Exfoliants

If your skin is super dry, it’s not a bad idea to seek out a lotion that contains gentle chemical exfoliants, such as urea and/or alpha-hydroxy acids, advises Rodney.

SPF

Okay, not necessarily a must, but, “particularly for the summer months, it’s a great perk if your body lotion contains SPF. Your body needs sun protection, too, so why not kill two birds with one stone?” says Rodney.

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FAQ
  • Can you put body lotion on your face?

    “Body lotions are usually thicker than face moisturizers and contain ingredients that are focused on driving as much moisture into the skin as possible. These thick lotions are too heavy for your face; especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin, constantly using body lotion could clog your pores and might be the reason you’re breaking out,” says Rodney.

  • Does body lotion expire?

    “If it’s stored properly, away from heat and sunlight, it can last up to a few years. But eventually, it may become less effective, and you may notice things like separation or a color change,” says Rodney.

  • What’s the difference between body cream and body lotion?

    Creams have higher concentrations of hydrating ingredients and are thicker and richer, whereas lotions have higher amounts of water and are much lighter, Rodney explains. Which one you choose is a matter of personal preference, but generally speaking, you may want to consider lotions in the summer and creams in the winter.

Warnings

  • While applying lotion anywhere on your body, if you get a rash or your skin feels irritated, itchy, or hot, discontinue use immediately. Also take a look at the ingredients in the product so you can start to determine which ingredients you are allergic or very sensitive to.[18]

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Know When To Upgrade To A Beard Related Product

Now, I know for many men, the last thing they want to do is apply another product in the morning – and I don’t blame you!

If you are running out the door to beat the rush hour traffic or have a few little ones demanding your attention, adding another part of the grooming routine is probably not ideal.

But if you want to get rid of beard itch, have a better-looking beard, and save a few bucks for your kid’s college fund, then you will want to pay attention to this part:

Beard oil or beard balm will be the products you want to invest in.

These all-natural products are not only going to make your beard look better but feel a heap better as well.

While I won’t go into the nuances of the products too much, just know this:

Beard oil is a mixture of a carrier and essential oils.

These oils help retain that moisture in your skin and beard that will alleviate any beard itch.

Beard balms are like beard oils but with added shea butter and beeswax.

They are a bit more intense moisturizers and perfect for men who live in arid climates or are in desperate need of getting a healthier beard.

Both products typically range in the $10 to $20 price range and can be found mostly online and in local drugstores.

Just be sure that when purchasing a beard oil or beard balm, get a natural one, not one that has been loaded with synthetic fragrances or other chemicals.

Wrapping It All Up

So, when it comes to lotions, beard oils, and beard balms – they all can work reasonably well.

But as soon as you get a slightly longer beard, you will want to make sure that you upgrade to a product designed for beard use.

Not only will you save money, but you just simply get much better results than if you were applying a lotion regularly.

In the end, you will feel confident and love your beard even more!

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