Both body oil and lotion are popular choices for moisturizing and nourishing the skin. But the two differ significantly in texture, ingredients, and the way they benefit the skin. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best one for you.
Absorption and Finish
One of the key differences between body oil and lotion is how they absorb into the skin. Oils tend to sit on top of the skin for a while, creating a glowy sheen. This can be beneficial for locking in moisture but may feel too greasy for some. Lotions, on the other hand, absorb quickly and leave a matte finish, making them a more comfortable choice for daily use.
Body oils are best applied to damp skin to help seal in moisture. They’re great for after-shower use. Lotions can be applied at any time and are more versatile in terms of application.
Sensitivity and Skin Type
If you have sensitive skin, unscented and minimally processed body oils can be a gentler option. The ingredients are usually very simple and are less likely to contain irritants. However, there are also many hypoallergenic lotion formulations available for sensitive skin types, this shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Experiment and go for what works for you!