Selecting the Best Lotion for Your Skin
The skin lotion market is a billion-dollar industry providing consumers with a limitless supply of options for their topical needs. Whether you apply to your hands and feet, or your entire body, everyone has different preferences and opinions of what lotion is the best.
To begin with, everyone’s opinion about lotion is going to vary because everyone’s skin is different. The way our skin reacts to introduced substances is often dependent on ingredients, skin sensitivity, allergies, product storage and packaging, proper application, and the physical consistency of the topical itself. It is important to understand that there are several different types of topicals that can be used for the skin, each have different functions and applications. Sprays, foams, lotions, creams and ointments tend to have different textures and may work better for certain parts of the body. Regardless of what form your skin treatment comes in, for the most effective results you must rub it in completely and let the material settle into the skin before covering it. Let your skin breathe while your ointment, cream, or lotion is introducing itself to the diverse surfaces of your body.
Symptoms of Unhealthy Skin
What to consider when selecting a topical for unhealthy skin:
- Buy in small amounts. You don’t want to spend a lot of money it it’s not going to work for you, or worse, if your purchase makes the condition worse.
- Experiment with different brands and types to determine which will work best for you.
- Check the ingredients! Avoid alcohol-based lotion because alcohol can cause drying and be counterproductive. Do you have an allergy to the ingredients? Are the ingredients carcinogenic?
- Expensive isn’t necessarily better. There are many great brands at affordable prices. The retailer and the price do not determine if a lotion or cream is better.
- Avoid novelty lotions. The fun glittery, colorful, and scented lotions are often made of ingredients that are synthetic and generally poor quality; certainly, something you don’t need on your skin.
THROW OUT YOUR OLD LOTIONS AND CREAMS. Topicals will breakdown and separate over time making them less efficient. Many of the containers that lotions and creams come in can begin to leech hazardous synthetic plastic into the substances that you put onto your skin. If you’ve had the same bottle for 12 months, replace it with something new.