So how is body butter different from lotion?
By definition, lotions contain water, body butters do not. Some lotions contain up to 70% water. While we all understand that our bodies need water, we know that if we just spread water on our skin, dryness follows shortly thereafter. Lotion tries to minimize this by adding in moisturizing agents such as oils and other ingredients. But our skin knows the difference and the lotion wears off quickly leaving us back to where we started….dry skin. Since water is not present in the formula, the uses of preservatives are not really necessary therefore; you have a more natural product but a shelf life.
Rough, dry skin can be difficult to quench and that’s where body butters come in. Thicker in texture than lotions, butters are richer and luxurious. When butters penetrate the skin, they create barriers that nourish and condition, preventing moisture from evaporating through the pores. The results are smooth, silky and soft skin.
What’s Best for Your Skin?
The choice between butters and lotions depend entirely on your skin type and the climatic conditions. Those with normal to moderately dry skin can try body lotion, while those with extremely dry skin should use body butter.
During the summer body lotion can provide moisture. But in the dry winter days, you may like to give skin some additional moisture and hydration by using body butter, especially if your skin is extremely dry. Along with moisture, the various ingredients of body butter such as essential fats and minerals can also make your skin smoother, softer, and healthier.