OILS, BUTTERS, AND LOTIONS, OH MY! WHICH IS THE CURE FOR YOUR DRY CRACKED WINTER SKIN BLUES?

I’m sure many of you probably struggle with the different between oils vs lotions vs butters. So we’re going to help you decipher the differences and so you can make the best choice to get over your winter skin blues.

There are two types of moisturizers, humectants and emollients, both present in either lotions, butters, or oils.   However, each has a different absorbency and reacts differently with our skin. Humectants bond with water molecules, thus helping to increase our skin’s own water content. Examples of humectants include honey and collagen.  Emollients are used to soften, smooth, and reduce rough flaky skin. Examples include cocoa butter, shea butter, and vegetable oils.

So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, its time to pinpoint the perfect option for you. Lotions, falling in the humectant category, are lighter weight, have a lower oil content, and can help preserve the moisture already in the skin. However, many lotions are water based, making them susceptible to mold.  As a result, lotions contain many synthetic ingredients which help to improve shelf life but ca be harmful for us.

Body Butters are generally heavier, creamier, and emollient. Which means they help to create a barrier, protecting the skin’s surface from cold temps, sun exposure, and other outside elements.  Body butters would be an ideal choice in the winter, because of their barrier - creating property, the skin would certainly be protected the cold, dry, winter air.  BUT! Because of butter’s heaviness, pores can become clogged, resulting in fertile ground for bacteria and oil build-up.

Pure plant derived body oils, are high in nutrients and antioxidants which helps to keep skin soft, supple, and youthful. As a age, our skin begins to lose sebum, the oil that our skin naturally produces. So replenishing that sebum with oils that our skin will naturally soak up seems to make sense to us. A common myth about using oils are that they can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Totally FALSE! Ironically, natural, plant-derived oils help to balance the skin.  In addition, oils help to hold moisture in, no harmful preservatives are needed to increase shelf life, and are the ultimate choice for anti-aging by delivering vitamins and antioxidants to the skin.  If your looking for awesome oils to try out on your face and body, try our Featherweight Face Moisturizer and Touch My Body Oil.

Perryn Ford