It's common knowledge that moisturizing your body after a shower (and whenever your skin is feeling dry) is key to happy, hydrated skin all over, but matters get more complicated when it comes to whether to use body oil, lotion, or body butter. Someone with keratosis pillars may prefer body oil for how it can fade the redness and texture of this condition. Some people prefer oil, while others strongly prefer the creamy texture of lotion, which proves this is a divisive issue that requires a bit more insight if you're not sure which is right for you.
Our body butter at Mind Your Body Naturals is called Silken Cashmere Body Butter due to its luxurious texture that feels like the softest cashmere material caressing your skin. The benefits of body butter are:
Mind Your Body Naturals has a luxurious Emerald Essence Body Oil. Its rich, emerald color comes from a skin-nourishing oil called Tamanu Oil. The benefits of body oil are:
Mind Your Body Naturals offers the most luxurious lotions on the market! Our body lotion contains ingredients that are natural and hydrating for all skin types. The benefits of body lotion are:
You'll need to be extra wary of phantom ingredients—or worse, ingredients that will dry your skin out more—when shopping for lotion, as formulas can vary widely. Avoid gel-based products or those containing alcohol, as these products tend to dry skin more than ointments, lotions, or creams. Our body lotion at Mind Your Body Naturals has long lasting moisturizing abilities and will never include alcohols, parabens, or other harmful chemicals.
While each kind of body moisturizing product has its own properties, they all help you to seal in moisture, so it's best to apply them after showering. Immediately upon exiting the shower, gently pat skin dry with a towel, and then apply your moisturizer, mixing with droplets of water still left on the skin. This will help lock in the maximum amount of hydration possible.
Dispense your Mind Your Body Naturals moisturizing product of choice and apply it all over slightly damp skin. Remember that a little goes a long way—start with a small amount, then add more as needed to be sure your skin ends up hydrated and not greasy. With all of these—but especially with body butter—pay special attention to the driest areas of your skin, such as your joints and any distinct dry patches. When you aren't fresh out of the shower but need a moisture boost, use lotion or body butter on targeted areas.
If you're looking for an extra dose of hydration for parched skin, you can layer multiple products together. Keep in mind that oil and water don't mix, so you'll want to follow a similar order to skincare on your face—use body oil to seal in a water-based lotion, or if you applied oil first, follow with body butter since it's also oil-based and can sink in.
Whether body oil, lotion, or body butter is best for you really comes down to personal preference, your skin type, and timing. For that reason, it doesn't hurt to have all on hand, and because lotion already contains water, it can function as your "whenever" moisturizer as needed. No matter which you prefer, keep in mind that certain ingredients can give your product of choice an additional boost, so paying attention to the formula is key. Certain herbs, oils, and other components can have different functions to repair and nourish, so figure out what your skin needs out of a moisturizer and look for a product that fits. Whichever way you go, you can't go wrong with Mind Your Body Naturals products!