Benefits of Using Body Lotion
Body lotion is the go-to product when it comes to relieving the skin of dry and itchy patches, prepping our body for time in the sun (with added SPF) and giving ourselves a little R&R time.
Best of all, body lotion is often both affordable and easy to find - meaning customers don’t have to invest too much time or money in benefitting from body lotion at home.
In this article, we talk about the five main benefits of using body lotion and consider the ingredients you should be looking out for (and what to avoid).
5 Main Benefits of Using Body Lotion
Read on to discover 5 of the main benefits of using body lotion regularly.
Keeps Skin Supple and Youthful
Over time and as we age, our skin sags and becomes loose - especially around the face, neck and chest. Moisturising regularly with a good body lotion regime can keep the skin supple and bouncy and can slow the rate of aging.
It Can Boost Mental Wellbeing
If you select a body lotion that contains and is made with essential oils, it follows that you will benefit from the other advantages of those oils - many of which make us feel more relaxed and put us in a better mood.
It Comforts Sore Skin
A soothing body lotion can bring balance and calm to otherwise irritated skin - which often comes as a result of spending time in a hot bath, shaving, or waxing.
It Supports the Skin’s Outer Barrier
The skin is the body’s biggest organ, and its jobs are extensive. Using a body lotion can help to keep that outer barrier intact, which is responsible for protecting the body against microbial infection. It also nourishes and nurtures the frontline defences of the skin, keeping it balanced and healthy.
It Locks in Moisture
When we wax, shave, and wash our skin in hot water, we remove the natural oils and leave it dry and dehydrated - especially those of us who like to exfoliate. Adding a body lotion or moisturising lotion after washing can help to replenish lost hydration, locking it into the skin.
Ingredients to Look Out for When Buying Body Lotion
As with all skincare products, there are ingredients to look out for and ingredients to avoid. Below are some ingredients to look out for when purchasing body lotion.
Cocoa butter is a fat derived from cocoa beans, which not only smells great in a body lotion but is also good for replenishing moisture and improving the elasticity of the skin - making it popular in anti-aging lotions.
Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis)
One of the most beneficial plants out there, aloe vera is an excellent ingredient for soothing the skin - especially ailments like sun burn and irritation. It is also a great moisturising ingredient and can help replenish levels of collagen and elastin to combat the signs of aging.
Extracted from marigold flowers, calendula is one of the best ingredients for its anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that in our products it is extra soothing and useful in healing wounds and rashes. It has also been cited as promoting skin hydration and firmness.
Eucalyptus is an effective ingredient to use against dry skin, helping to maintain that crucial outer barrier and lock in moisture. It is also a prime ingredient in relaxing products and can even act as a natural insect repellent!
Ingredients to Avoid When Buying Body Lotion
When buying body lotion, there are certain ingredients you should look to avoid.
Parabens are preservatives which give your body lotion its long shelf life - but when it comes to your skin, there are studies which suggest that parabens could be a more potent carcinogen than previous thought. Avoid the risk by cutting out products containing parabens!
Sulphates have been cited as a cause of irritation around the eyes, mouth, and over the skin when used in products - and for those with sensitive skin can even cause blockages in the pores and an increase in acne.
Silicones are like tiny plastic microbeads which provide a layer to sit atop your skin - but they do very little else. If you want to boost the skin’s barrier, there are far better options out there to help.
Did you know that artificial and synthetic fragrances are one of the top causes of allergy and irritation in the beauty industry? So many body lotions out there smell great, but that scent is coming from synthetic rather than natural fragrances - and those scents could in fact be irritating your skin even more. Avoid this vicious cycle by keeping it natural.
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