Body lotions today come in different scents (they can be fruit or flower-based scents, or baby-powder scented) and colors and boast of other properties ranging from anti-ageing, cellulite reduction, and tanning effects to leg hair growth reduction in addition to moisturizing your skin. With all these choices, how to choose the best body lotion may take you a longer time at the grocery store, but it need not do so if you follow these tips:
- Know your skin type. If your skin is dry, look for a body lotion that gives extra moisturizing. If you have oily skin, try light lotions that will not clog your pores. For sensitive and for your baby’s skin, see tip number three.
- Know your needs. If you just want body moisturizing, you can choose from among many body lotions that will do just this. You can also choose body lotions that offer other properties like anti-skin ageing, for instance. Check out the ingredients of your body lotion. Some lotions may contain ingredients that are not suited to sensitive skin or which could trigger allergic reactions to some people. If you want to moisturize your skin, you may want to consider body lotions that contain shea butter, aloe vera, milk, soy or honey.
- Get your dermatologist’s opinion. This is especially true for people with sensitive skin.
- Check the ratings and user reviews for your chosen product. Find out what other users say about the products. Don’t just rely on what the ads say about the product.
- Test the product. Apply a small amount of the body lotion on your hand and let it set for a while. You need to test the product to see if it produces allergic reactions, especially if you have sensitive skin, or simply to check the way it feels and smells on you. If it is your first time to use that brand of body lotion, you may want to ask for samples first before buying them. If there are no samples being given out, buy a small bottle first. You can always buy a bigger product if you are contented with your initial purchase.
- Pick a scented lotion that is close to the perfume that you are using. You can purchase body lotions that have the same scent as your perfume or you can mix and match them. To make the scent last longer, do “layering.” Use the same scent in your bath soap or bath gel, perfume and body lotion. You can also use an unscented lotion and put a few drops of your perfume in it.
- Use your lotion regularly. You won’t see if your body lotion works if you don’t use it regularly. Boost the moisturizing capacity of your body lotion by pampering your skin with a lotion bar, body shampoo, body gel, body milk, or body scrubs with moisturizing ingredients. Body lotions work best when used after taking a bath or shower so that it can better lock in moisture for your skin.
- Follow your budget, if you have one. Splurging or saving on a body lotion depends on your budget. If you follow tip number five, you can choose from lesser known or cheaper body lotions without sacrificing your skin.
If you follow the above tips on how to choose the best body lotion, you are well on your way to better skin.