With the wide array of skincare products in the market, it might be a little difficult to choose the products that work the best for you or to even know what the difference between them is.
We already know that body oil and lotion are both meant to hydrate your skin, but what the difference between them really is, is a mystery for some of us.
Body lotion vs body oil
Oils are meant to re-introduce moisture that has evaporated from the skin, for example after you’ve exfoliated or cleansed it, it is easily absorbed. On the other hand, lotions are mostly water-based and treat different skincare concerns. Let’s explore their benefits:
Benefits of body oil
First of all, they are cleaner as they lack the additives some lotions have. Vegetable-based oils, such as avocado, almond and jojoba oil, also mimic the natural lipids in the skin, this is key because this makes it easier for them to regulate sebum production and repair the moisture barrier. In fact, the top layers of the skin treat them as their own, thus improving the skin barrier function.
They work their best when the skin is wet, so apply directly after you’ve showered and patted your skin with a towel to lock the moisture in.
Benefits of lotion
Lotions work better for dry skin as they are actually a mix of oil and water. They are also infused with hyaluronic acid and ceramide, which enhance the ability of the skin to retain water. The best way to apply lotion is to gently dab it onto your skin when it is slightly wet.
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