Taking care of your skin is one of the regular and most important activities you do daily. This article provides information on how to choose the right body cream for your use. To do this effectively however, you need to understand the differences between the various body cream sold out there.
1. Types of Body Cream
We can group most body cream into 3 major types namely body butter, body lotion and body moisturizer. Each one of them has a specific purpose and effect on our skin.
Below is a guide to picking the most suitable body cream for yourself:
- Body Butter: As the name implies, this type of cream is generally made up of butter and oils. It is the thickest of the three types of creams. It generally has a strong scent and last on your skin for a long time. Body butter is made to nourish your skin and retain moisture. It is ideal for dry skin and best applied to the elbows, knees and feet to provide a deep moisturizing effect. It is important when using it to note that it leaves the skin quite sticky and oily until it is fully absorbed. When applying body butter, apply it to damp skin so it can get absorbed faster and moisturize well.
- Body Lotions: They are much lighter than body butters, consisting of oils and water. So if your skin is dehydrated, you should go for a lotion as it works better. Lotions work quite well on oily skin, they are not sticky and are easily absorbed by the skin. Lotions are best for your stomach and thighs, as these are not dry areas on your body, the lotion will keep them smooth and hydrated.
- Body Moisturizer: Moisturizers rank in between the first 2 types. It is lighter than the body butter but heavier than the lotion. The body moisturizer is absorbed quickly by the skin, forming a barrier that prevents the moisture from leaving your skin. Body moisturizers are filled with essential vitamins and oils that will linger on your skin. If you are suffering from dry skin, especially on your arms and legs, a moisturizer is the way to go.
2. What the best body cream has
Let us quickly examine some of the most important features we should look out for when buying any type of body cream.
- Ingredients: Such as glycerin, panthenol and hyaluronic acid which draw moisture to the skin’s outer layer; lanolin, mineral oil and waxes which create a barrier over the skin to lock in moisture; silicones, jojoba oil and glyceryl stearate which fill the gaps between cell clusters, making the skin feel soft, smooth and pliable; and ceramides and cholesterol (also naturally produced by healthy skins) which help restore the skin barrier without irritation.
- No fragrances or dyes which can irritate skin: Most of the best body cream around are fragrance-free and dye-free.
- Long-lasting moisturizing: Experts recommend applying moisturizer (or some form of treatment) to your skin every 12 hours.
- Affordable price. Body cream is meant to be applied all over the body, every day so paying a fortune for one you may not be able to consistently afford is unnecessary.
3. Know before you buy
- How dry is your skin? Body butters are best for a dry skin while lotions works best with oily skin.
- Is your skin flaky or bumpy? An exfoliating lotion can remove dead skin cells to smooth your skin, and attract moisture to keep it smooth.
- Babies don’t necessarily need a “baby” lotion. Experts say body cream for babies and young children should be fragrance-free, dye-free and gentle – just like the best ones for adults.
- Do you have skin cracks or open wounds? Some body cream cause a temporary burning or stinging sensation when applied to open areas of skin, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work. It’s a small tradeoff for a body cream that offers relief and promotes healing, users say.