The Moisturizer Dilemma: When To Use Lotion, Cream Or Body Butter

african american woman holding face creamThere is nothing I hate more than when someone tells me my skin looks too dry or too shiny. It’s a lopsided insult! In wanting my skin to strike the right balance, I have worked hard to decode the moisturizing dilemma. I have also figured out what works best for my skin. Healthy skin helps you to look better and feel good about yourself! But, if you are like me and have had to navigate the many products on the market to find what works right it can be both frustrating, expensive and time-consuming.

As an eczema sufferer, my skin journey has been challenging. I did not always understand the difference between lotions, creams and body butter and the many benefits of having healthy skin. But, as I started to take better care of my skin and understand the difference in moisturizing products, I realized how vital it was for me to know what product to use and what works best. And I can help you do the same!

Why Moisturizing Your Skin Is Important

Hydrated skin is healthy skin and moisturizing is the best way to hydrate your skin from the outside (water is essential to hydrate from the inside).

When you moisturize your skin, you help to turn over dead skin cells. As a result, your skin looks more youthful, and you decrease your chance of forming wrinkles as you age.

Knowing what type of moisturizer to use is critical. Moisturizers are the barrier of protection you provide your skin from all of the elements you come into contact with on a daily basis. Too much sun, wind or dryness has an adverse effect on your skin, leaving it parched and dehydrated. Investing in many moisturizers can leave you spending too much money without the results you want to achieve. If you want to determine which moisturizer works best for you, it’s important to know the difference between lotion, cream and body butter based on your skincare needs.

Finding the Right Moisturizer

Lotions, creams and body butters have ingredients which usually include water and some essential oils. When making a choice about your skincare needs, first figure out if you have dry, oily or combination skin and which part of your body needs the most moisturizing. Second, take into consideration where you live. If you reside in a dry or colder climate versus a warmer one, you will need to use moisturizers which have a thicker consistency to keep you skin well moisturized.

Here’s the moisturizer breakdown: