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Body cream and lotion are both forms of emollients that put more moisture back into the skin. The choice of whether you should use a body cream or a body lotion has to do with how dry your skin is, whether or not your skin is so dry that it is flaking or scaling, and finally, what part of your body you will be applying the moisturizer to.

For example, your elbows and knees have a tendency to be drier than your legs or arms.

The season of the year might play a role as well. Your hands tend to be drier in winter than in summer due to the cold temperatures and lack of humidity in the air.

What is body lotion?

Lotions are mixtures of water and oil and they tend to be light and non-greasy. Lotions are quickly, and easily, absorbed into the skin after they are applied and they often have a cooling effect on the skin, which makes them excellent choices for the warmer months of the year.

Lotions may contain essential oils, fragrances, or other natural ingredients to give them a scent.

Lotions are the best choice for individuals who suffer from weeping eczema, or those who have dry skin that is on the mild side. They are also great choices for normal to slightly dry skin. Lotions are less greasy than cream and can be used during hot summer months. Lotions are very effective for parts of the body where there is more hair, such as the chest for men.

What is body cream?

Body creams are similar to lotions in that they, too, are a combination of oil and water. However, creams are thicker in their consistency and have a higher concentration of oil than water when compared to lotions. This thicker consistency is designed to provide a stronger barrier for the skin to keep it hydrated. Hydrated skin is less likely to wrinkle and has a natural glow. Body creams are typically sold in a jar or tub container.

Like lotions, most creams are non-greasy, however, some do have greasier elements than others. Body creams, in general, are very good at absorbing into the skin and tend to be the best moisturizer choice in the winter when harsh winds blow.

CBD body creams, oils, and lotions

CBD (cannabidiol) can be applied topically through salves, lotions, creams, and oils. When applied to the skin, CBD is absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, inflammation, muscle soreness, psoriasis, arthritis, mosquito bites, flea bites, and other ailments. CBD is absorbed locally and does not penetrate through the skin into the blood stream. Usually, CBD creams and lotions are non-psychoactive, meaning, they will not get you ‘high’. It is one of the most non-invasive ways to use CBD therapeutically.

What is body cream used for?

Body cream is usually used to treat and prevent dry, cracked skin. For example, if you have dry skin between your fingers, body cream will help keep the skin on the hands and fingers supple and moisturized. Cream provides a strong barrier and ultra-hydration, and best results will be seen year-round on dry skin and during winter months for normal skin.

Is body cream better than lotion?

Lotions and body creams are both excellent choices for the skin and there is no one moisturizer that is the best choice for everyone. Often, finding out which one suits you better is a matter of trial and error. Try one and if it does not appeal to you, then try something all together different.

Sometimes your skin type plays a role, whether it be oily, dry, or a combination. It may also be possible to have dry patches of skin on one part of your body and oily spots on another.

It is recommended that you use a combination of different moisturizing products to optimize the benefits of each. For example, you might want to try one of the new body washes that helps add moisture to the skin and then go with a moisturizing oil, or lotion and/or cream, after you finish your bath or shower.

In order to get the most benefit from your after bath moisturizer, apply it when your skin is still damp and then pat your skin dry, as opposed to rubbing it.

You also might find that a light lotion or cream is fine for the daytime hours, but you may require a thicker cream at night before you go to bed.

Which body cream is best?

They best type of body cream is going to provide long-lasting hydration for softer, smoother, and visibly healthier-looking skin. Sometimes honey is added as an antibacterial agent. Our favorite brand of body cream is:

  • Kiehl’s dry skin cream. The facial cream is a lightweight moisturizer (not too greasy) that provides 24-hour protection.

Which lotion is best?

The best type of moisturizing lotion is going to contain two types of hydrating ingredients: humectants (such as glycerin and propylene glycol) and occlusives (like petrolatum and dimethicone). Humectants are designed to draw moisture into the skin. Occlusives create a barrier on skin sealing in moisture and preventing water loss. Our favorite brand of body lotion is:

When to apply body lotion and body cream?

One of the best times to add lotions and creams to your body is when it is wet and clean. Immediately after taking a shower or a bath is an optimal time.

Be aware of expiration dates

Body lotions and creams have a shelf life. As a creams and lotions ages, they can irritate your skin. In some cases, the ingredients break down into carcinogens. Body lotions and creams are starting to add a “Period After Opening” (PAO) icon to their packaging. If your cream or lotion does not have this icon, use a fine-tip permanent marker to note the discard date on the packaging or label.