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gee_jade asked:

06 Jun 2010

body butter and lotion

what's the difference? and which one is better? thanks! ^_^



barbipixi says:

Posted on 07 Jun 2010

but becareful picking name brands are always a better option then just grabbing a cheap-o. a name brand lotion is almost always going to beat any cheap lotion or butter

i like using baby oil : )


mizunohi says:

Posted on 06 Jun 2010

I'd just like to add to what juicystar07 said, butters ARE much better at treating dry skin, however they can be too think and sticky if you need just light moisture. I also find it takes a bit longer to absorb into your skin completely so it can be uncomfortable when you first put your clothes on. I love my body butter, but for some fast dry-skin quenching during the day I always use lotion!


shirleygirl says:

Posted on 06 Jun 2010

I just bought a cocoa and jasmine scented set at Target Boutique: body wash, scrub and body butter. The body butter seems to be oilier than body lotin, but good for summer and dry skin. And leaves a little sheen or shine to the skin!


juicystar07 says:

Posted on 06 Jun 2010

When dry skin begs for moisture, knowing whether to reach for a soothing lotion or a thicker body butter can make the difference between quenching and saturating.


Dry skin, also called xerosis, is caused when the skin cells lose essential moisture. This often is caused by dry heat, such as a home furnace, and repeated removal of the skin's oily lipid layer, which protects skin from moisture loss. Frequent washing often is a culprit.


Lotion is a plentiful commodity found in most homes. Lotions rely upon a combination of oil and water bound together through the use of an emulsifier. Whether it's a moisturizing lotion to relieve dry skin or a medicated lotion, such as calamine lotion, it tends to go on smoothly, absorb quickly, and leave no greasy residue.


Body butter generally includes three basic ingredients: shea butter, a vegetable oil, and coconut oil or butter. There are different types of body butter as well. You can choose from whipped, waxless and even a bar-type. The whipped butter usually includes beeswax, which makes the formula harder to absorb but longer lasting, while the waxless and bar-type are more easily absorbed into the skin. Body butters are thicker than lotion and tend to leave a film on the surface of the skin.


The fact that most body butters use shea butter, an all-natural, healing vitamin A cream, makes them ideal for skin damaged by dryness, wind or chapping. A body butter will provide superior, longer-lasting emollients, making it the choice when dry skin also needs intense moisture and healing. If added moisture is all that is necessary, a lighter, more easily absorbed lotion would be adequate.


To help avoid dry skin, run a humidifier in the winter, opt for lukewarm baths and showers instead of hot, avoid drying soaps and body products, especially deodorant soaps, and keep irritating fabric off skin. Whenever possible, choose a fragrance-free detergent for laundry.


cute_wonderful_blondie says:

Posted on 06 Jun 2010

Body butter is alot thicker than regular lotions, because most regular lotions are more water based and body butters aren't.....


cute_wonderful_blondie says:

Posted on 06 Jun 2010

And just like shirleygirl said it's more oily.... :D

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