Whether you use a dry body oil, body butter or lightweight body lotion, the best time to apply moisturisers is right after a shower or bath. Using a moisturising formula on damp, towel-dried skin helps seal in hydration to smooth and soften skin. Apply a lotion or body moisturiser throughout the day as needed, especially on dry areas, to help keep skin balanced and healthy-looking.
Frequent bathing, harsh soaps and ageing along with changing temperatures, climate and other environmental factors can all contribute to dry skin. If your skin feels tight or taut, look for thicker body creams or body butters that contain rich emollients to smooth and soften skin.
Apply a body lotion after every shower to help maintain soft skin. If you do not moisturise your body after a bath or shower it can become especially dry. Reapply lotions throughout the day as needed on dry areas or all over to keep skin looking smooth and healthy.
Body lotions absorb easily and deliver lightweight hydration, making them ideal for replenishing moisture on the go. For a richer, more comforting feel on skin, use a body cream or body butter, which tend to have a thicker, creamier texture. Body butters also often contain a higher concentration of emollient ingredients like natural butters to soften skin with rich moisture.
If you live in a cold climate, you may experience more dry skin in winter months. In cold weather, switch your body moisturiser to a nourishing body butter or heavier cream to effectively seal in and retain moisture. In the summer, you may prefer a lightweight body lotion that absorbs easily to help nourish skin.
Carefully formulated with a high concentration of oils – including botanical oils – these formulas are especially nourishing and deliver lasting moisture. Dry body oils tend to be lightweight and absorb easily to leave skin with a residue-free “dry touch.”
Since body oils do not typically contain water, it’s best to apply to damp skin to help seal in moisture. These formulas can also be layered under a favourite body lotion or cream for enhanced moisture.
Body butters are thicker moisturisers that are formulated with high concentrations of butters and oils. Made with nourishing emollients, these formulas help defend skin from dehydration by replenishing and sealing in moisture to skin’s surface. Body butters can be applied all over or used on areas that tend to be drier — like elbows or knees.