In general, the guideline for applying body lotion is quite simple. “I recommend applying body lotion daily,” says Wesley. “If you’ve recently showered, the best time to apply is within three to five minutes after a bath or shower to help lock in moisture and restore the skin barrier that may have been disrupted by soap or lotions. cleaners.”
Although it sounds simple, there are mistakes you can make with body lotion. Wesley described these three elements to me:
1. Not applying enough: Don’t be stingy with the stuff. Of course, you don’t need to empty the whole bottle on your body, but be generous with the amount you apply.
2. Do not apply it everywhere: An example Wesley gives is putting lotion on your upper body but forgetting about your legs. Make sure to hydrate every inch of your body.
3. Applying a lotion that is not moisturizing enough: It may depend on your skin type or your needs. Overall, you’ll want to choose a product that contains the nutrients, vitamins, and ingredients that will keep your skin hydrated for a while. “I prefer to use body lotions that contain natural and less unnecessary ingredients,” says Wesley. “A lotion that is creamier or contains a lotion mixed with oil has longer moisturizing effects than a thinner, more watery lotion that simply tends to evaporate from the surface of the skin. Ingredients such as shea butter, cold pressed oils, borage seed oil, and/or fatty acids such as ceramides tend to have great barrier protective properties.”