Skin Care

Tips on Choosing your Body Lotion

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Body lotions and creams come in a variety of different mixtures of natural products derived from fruits, plant leaves, herbs or seeds. They work in many ways, such as improving skin’s texture, as healing dry skin, nourishing and replenishing skin’s lost natural oils. They also restore the radiance of the skin.

Here are a few of the natural ingredients that your cream or lotion may consist of:

  1. Shea butter

She butter is from fruit kernels of the shea nut tree. It has amazing healing and softening capabilities and studies have shown that shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties on the skin. Having this element, it can increase wound healing and improve scar appearance. It has vitamin E, vitamin A, and cinnamic acid as well as a fatty acid profile; this helps to moisturise and heal dry skin.

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  1. Sunflower oil

This oil is rich in vitamins E and A. It is very high in fatty acids that help restore skins moisture, natural oils and rejuvenates. Vitamin A encourages collagen production and is able to hold moisture.

  1. Almond oil

This oil is easily absorbed into the skin and this is an important nutrient for softening and conditioning. With its high vitamin A content, it’s very suitable for dry, flaky or inflamed skin. It helps the skin to balance its loss and absorption of moisture.

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  1. Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is good for all skin types. It helps the skin to moisturise, nourish and softens dry skin. Hypoallergenic, natural and pure, it contains minerals, proteins and a waxy substance which replicates the skin’s collagen, making it elastic and softer to the touch.

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  1. Cocoa butter

This is a very popular ingredient among hand and body lotions and creams. Similar to shea butter, it helps to sooth the skin making it feel soft and calm. It can also stop and minimise the appearance of stretch marks if applied frequently.

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    6. Aloe Vera

Studies have shown that aloe vera can improve the skin’s ability to hydrate itself. It has a powerful capability which carries healthy materials through the skin. If used daily, aloe vera will help maintain a healthy glowing radiant skin. Because of its many biologically active elements, such as glycerol, phytosterols, polysaccharides, vitamins B, C, E and zinc; these all add to the healing, scar reducing and anti-inflammatory belongings of aloe vera.

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  1. Macadamia oil

Macadamia oil has lubrication properties and is effortlessly absorbed. It’s high in monounsaturated fatty acids acting as anti-oxidants to stop weakening of cell membrane. It’s also an emollient with magnesium and thiamine; that soothes and calms the skin. Good for mature and aging skin.

  1. Glycerin

This draws moisture from the air and onto your skin. This is due to its humectant properties.

Choosing The Right Body Lotion For You:

When choosing your lotion, make sure you read the labels.

There are so many out there and they all have different ingredients. It’s very important that you know what’s in the lotion that you’re buying, to avoid allergies or skin irritations. Make sure the product you choose is a moisturiser.

– Using your moisturising lotion

If you’ve been using a new moisture, take note of the positive and negative changes it has done to your skin. If you’re happy, keep continue to use it.

– Know your own skin

Many lotions are for all skin types; however there are lotions which are specifically formulated for normal, dry, sensitive and extra dry skin. It’s best to buy a lotion that suits your skin type to ensure it’s doing what you want it to do and to achieve best results.

– Know what you need

Know what kind of lotion you’re looking for before buying. Do you want a daily lotion? Do you have stretch marks and want a lotion to help? There are so many products on the shelf that can just daily moisture as well as care for your stretch marks. It’s always best to read the product labels. You can also buy lotions that will gradually fake tan your skin. So if you’re looking for a moisturiser as well as having that lovely sun-kissed glow (in the Winter), go for this.

– Consider your skin’s condition

If you have sensitive skin, choose a moisturising lotion that is noncomedogenic. This shows that the lotion has been tested and proven not to cause acne reactions to your skin. Unscented body lotions will unlikely cause allergies but check before you buy.

– Consider your lifestyle

If you love spending time outdoors, you may need a lotion with ultraviolet protection, to minimise skin wrinkling and drying whilst out.

– Consider the season

In winter, choose a heavier and thicker lotion with shea butter or any concentrated ingredient. During the summer, a lighter, well absorbed lotion with aloe vera and sunscreen protection works best so think about the season too.

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