Body Cream vs. Lotion
Body cream and lotion are both forms of emollients that put more moisture back into the skin. The choice of whether you should use a body cream or a body lotion has to do with how dry your skin is, whether or not your skin is so dry that it is flaking or scaling, and finally, what part of your body you will be applying the moisturizer to.
For example, your elbows and knees have a tendency to be drier than your legs or arms.
The season of the year might play a role as well. Your hands tend to be drier in winter than in summer due to the cold temperatures and lack of humidity in the air.
Lotions are mixtures of water and oil and they tend to be light and non-greasy. Lotions are quickly, and easily, absorbed into the skin after they are applied and they often have a cooling effect on the skin, which makes them excellent choices for the warmer months of the year.
Lotions are the best choice for individuals who suffer from weeping eczema, or those who have dry skin that is on the mild side. Lotions are very effective for parts of the body where there is more hair, such as the chest for men.
Body creams are similar to lotions in that they, too, are a combination of oil and water. However, creams are thicker in their consistency than are lotions.
Like lotions, most creams are non-greasy, however, some do have greasier elements than others. Body creams, in general, are very good at absorbing into the skin and tend to be the best moisturizer choice in the winter when harsh winds blow.
Is one better than the other?
Lotions and body creams are both excellent choices for the skin and there is no one moisturizer that is the best choice for everyone. Often, finding out which one suits you better is a matter of trial and error. Try one and if it does not appeal to you, then try something all together different.
Sometimes your skin type plays a role, whether it be oily, dry, or a combination. It may also be possible to have dry patches of skin on one part of your body and oily spots on another.
It is recommended that you use a combination of different moisturizing products to optimize the benefits of each. For example, you might want to try one of the new body washes that helps add moisture to the skin and then go with a moisturizing oil, or lotion and/or cream, after you finish your bath or shower.
In order to get the most benefit from your after bath moisturizer, apply it when your skin is still damp and then pat your skin dry, as opposed to rubbing it.
You also might find that a light lotion or cream is fine for the daytime hours, but you may require a thicker cream at night before you go to bed.