Moisturizing Basics: How are body lotions and creams different?
Moisturizing -- it is a crucial step in anyone's body care regimen. With body lotions, body creams, body oils, and even body balms, knowing which formula to choose may seem like a daunting task. You know you want to keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated and soft, but perhaps you're not sure of the differences among the different formulas.
Today, we are beginning a series to explain each of our body moisturizers a bit more in depth. Let's start with the differences between a body lotion and a body cream, why don't we?
Body Lotion vs. Body Cream
From a formulation standpoint, lotions and creams both contain oil and water. The key difference is the water/oil ratio. Thinking in terms of water to oil ratio, there is a a higher percentage of water in a lotion. Another way to look at it: think of a lotion as droplets of oil added to water and a cream as droplets of water added to oil. One is not better than the other, but they both offer their own unique benefits.
- Body Lotion absorbs more easily, giving the feeling that it is sinking right into the skin without feeling tacky or sticky. You can get dressed right after putting your lotion without it feeling "wet" against your clothing.
- You will find that lotions are typically sold in bottles.
- Body Lotion is more lightweight, making it the ideal product for nearly every skin type except the most dry. Lotion is great for the warmer months, too, when it feels hot and humid and you just want a bit of moisture.
- Even though it is lightweight, lotion still provides the hydration your skin needs.
- Consider Body Lotion your all-purpose moisturizer to use on its own or even to layer with other products.
- Body Cream is richer and thicker than lotion, giving it a decadent, luxurious feel. It does not absorb quite as quickly as lotion.
- You will find that because of its consistency, that cream is generally sold in jars.
- Body Cream is heavier and provides a greater barrier, making it the ideal choice for dry or ultra sensitive skin and for use before bed when your skin needs some extra pampering.
- Body Cream is wonderful for the winter months, when the cold temperatures and wind, as well as indoor heat, make the skin more dry - or after sun exposure.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to moisturizing. Feel free to experiment with different types of body moisturizer to see how they feel on your skin. Next week, we will be talking about body oil and how that benefits the skin. As always, if you have any skin care questions, feel free to reach out.
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Summer is officially here! After a long, very unusual spring, it is nice to get outside and relax in the summer sun.
I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.