Butters, lotions or oils – which is best for your skin?

Most people realise that moisturising is essential for healthy looking skin. Not only can it improve the appearance of dry or sensitive skin but it improves skin tone for all skin types, provides hydration and can help skin to appear flawless and youthful looking for longer.

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Research in Good Housekeeping goes a step further, warning consumers about the perils of forgoing a regular moisturising regime. Wrinkles, acne and itching are just a few of the unpleasant things that can happen in the absence of an adequate routine.

But with so many products available on the beauty market, even the most clued-up consumers may feel confused about which products are right for their skincare regime. This article will examine the difference between three of the most popular skincare products on the market – lotions, oils and butters – and try to help you decide which is right for you.

Oils

Body oils are generally light and designed to mimic the body’s natural oils. They give our skin a nourishing boost when it needs softening or just a little extra moisture. However, because they aren’t generally water based they can be known to cause breakouts and aren’t recommended for areas of acne or irritation. Body oils are easily absorbed and very light.

Butters

Out of the three items, body butter tends to be the thickest and most enriching substance. As such it is usually recommended as a nourishing and restorative aid for severely parched skin. A body butter would be an important beauty addition to take on holiday or to use during the winter months when extreme temperatures can lead to the skin become dried out and sore. One of the main features of body butters is that they contain fatty acids from natural sources such as fruits and plants that work alongside the other moisturising agents to provide deep hydration for both skin and hair. Klorane shampoo with mango butter (http://www.lifeandlooks.com/klorane-with-mango-butter.html) is a popular hair care product designed to replenish hair in the same way body butters benefit the skin.

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Lotions

Lotions come somewhere between oils and butters in that they are easily absorbed but slightly richer than an oil. They can actually be better for those who suffer from oily or combination skin as their texture is less greasy and more balanced.