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Warning: the Downside to Travel Size Hand Lotion

Words By Martina

Martina is a wellness and skin-health writer, blogger, teacher, mother to twins and world traveler (not necessarily in that order). She believes that life is all about balance and has a special way of taking complicated topics and making them a pleasure to read. Her words are honest, informative and warm. Learn more about your skin health from Martina.

You’re walking down the aisle at the supermarket, heading for the check-out when you walk past that eye-catching shelf with all the small toiletries and travel size hand lotion. You probably don’t even need any of them but they’re so small and cute that you just have to buy one and put it in your purse. You never know when you’ll need that little shampoo bottle or the tiny anti-perspirant stick. An impromptu weekend getaway, perhaps? There is one down-side to impulse buys like this and that is the importance of buying products that are actually effective and not just ‘cute’.

It’s Cute but Is It Good?

Travel size products have become so popular because they’re easy to carry around wherever we go and are the perfect companion for traveling - hence the name! The problem is that most of the time, we’re buying these products simply for the size of the packaging rather than what’s on the inside. This is a problem because you don’t want to risk buying products that are actually not that great for you, especially when it comes to your skin.

There are a lot of hand lotions on the market that feel amazing when they are applied to your skin. They feel silky smooth, they spread easily and seem to absorb quite quickly. What’s not to like, right? The problem is that oftentimes, these lotions can provide artificial moisturizers to your skin, relieving the symptoms of dry or cracked skin but only temporarily. When the lotion is washed off, your hands are left dry and cracked still. Even worse, the artificial moisturizers make your skin think that it has enough moisture so it doesn't need to produce more of its natural oils. What your skin doesn’t realise is that this ‘moisture’ is not permanent so while it’s stopping producing its own oils and moisture, your skin will actually become drier and you’ll start to build an addiction to applying on lotion for the temporary relief it provides. 

Remember the days of wearing fun and flavoured chapstick? They smelled and tasted amazing but over time, we had to apply it more often to make our lips feel comfortable. The chapstick was providing artificial moisture which convinced our lips to stop producing its own natural oils.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Of course, not every travel size product out there is artificial but you do need to make sure that you are always buying a product for its quality and not just for the cute travel size shape. 

If you need a travel size hand lotion that actually works and will help your skin to heal and hydrate itself, consider Gloves In A Bottle as your hands’ new travel companion. Without any artificial moisturizers, Gloves In A Bottle provides your skin with authentic hydration, creating a shielding barrier that will keep your own natural oils within the layers of your skin to help your skin feel hydrated from the inside out. Your skin will feel soft and moisturized but it won’t fall into the trap of not producing its own natural oils. Gloves In A Bottle is so effective that it’s suitable for fighting the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis too. 

Whatever travel size hand lotion you use, buy it for what’s inside of the bottle and not just what’s convenient at the check-out counter.

 

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