The question is quite simple. We are surrounded in a world filled with hand and body lotions everywhere we turn but how often should we actually use them? As you’re applying your lotion, do you ever ask yourself, ‘Should I use body lotion everyday?’
How Does Body Lotion Work?
In order to answer that question, first let’s think about the purpose of body lotion. Yes, it feels so soft and soothing when it goes on but what is it actually doing to our skin that makes it feel so good? Well, there are actually a few different answers to that question!
Lotions That Replenish Lost Hydration
Some lotions are made to provide our skin with sources of hydration to help dry skin get back to feeling hydrated and moisturized. When our skin loses water through the process of evaporation, our skin loses its stretch and elasticity which can create dry, tight and even cracked skin. A lotion that provides water-based ingredients that replace the lost moisture in our skin is trying to help rehydrate our damaged skin and bring back its stretching ability.
Lotions That Lock in Our Own Moisture
Some lotions focus more on making our skin more able to keep its own oils and moisture in so that it doesn’t diffuse or evaporate in the first place. This helps prevent our skin from losing its water content, keeping its elasticity and plumpness. A lotion that locks in our own natural hydration brings with it the added bonus of trying to avoid our skin becoming dry in the first place.
Some lotions are a combination of both, providing your skin with ingredients that help to replenish lost moisture and hydration while also helping to keep your own moisture locked in. Gloves In A Bottle Shielding Lotion is a hand lotion that does both. It is made with soothing and effective ingredients that help to replenish lost moisture in your skin while also creating a shielding barrier that keeps your own oils and moisture locked in. Skin MD Natural is also a shielding lotion but formulated specifically for the face and body.
The Best Times to Use Lotion
While all of us have different skin types and needs, there are some general rules to follow to help keep your skin hydrated and healthy. These are the times when you should think about applying lotion to your skin:
- After a shower or bath – When your skin is wet, it has the most amount of moisture but this can evaporate very quickly, leaving it feeling dry. Using a lotion can help to seal in that moisture before it evaporates.¹
- After shaving – Shaving removes the top layer of skin cells so it’s important to keep your newly-exposed skin hydrated and not let it dry out.¹
- After exfoliating – Just like shaving, exfoliating removes the top layer of skin cells so it’s important to give your new skin cells a hydrated start!¹
- Before bed – While you sleep, your skin naturally loses moisture so applying a moisturising lotion before bed helps keep your skin hydrated overnight.¹
- After sun exposure – If you have spent a long day in the sun (hopefully with an SPF lotion!), your skin will be dehydrated and will need a moisturizing boost to keep it from feeling dry and tight.
- After washing your hands – Whenever you wash your hands, the soaps and cleansers you use can strip the moisture out of your skin and leave it feeling dry. (If you want to avoid having to use a hand lotion every time you wash your hands, consider using a shielding lotion like Gloves In A Bottle)
It comes down to the fact that how often you need to use body lotion will depend on how you treat your skin and what external factors are affecting it. However, to answer the question quite simply, yes! Yes, you can (and often should) use lotion every day to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Just make sure that the lotion you use is effectively treating any issues with dry skin and not just temporarily masking a problem. If you find yourself needing to apply a lotion multiple times a day just to keep your skin from feeling uncomfortable, that’s a sign that it’s time to look for a better lotion.