Body Butter Vs Body Lotion: What’s the Difference & what works better for you?
Let’s clear up all confusions regarding body butters and body lotions!
Ishita’s skin tends to get ultra dry in winters. A regular body lotion never suffices so she uses a body butter to keep her skin smooth and silky.
Sonia has dry skin. All through the year, she applies body lotion all over to keep her skin soft and free of dryness. In winters, she finds that body lotion doesn’t work very well on extra dry areas like legs, knees, arms, elbows and hands, so she uses both body lotion and body butter.
Raghu has oily skin. He basically uses one body lotion all through the year and his skin stays good.
Reading these examples, you would know by now that body lotions (or body moisturizers) and body butters have one major difference: body lotions work better on oily and normal skins. Body butters work best on dry skin.
So far, so good. Now let’s compare these two in more detail.
Composition – Body lotions are basically emulsions of oil and water with other skin-friendly ingredients like aloe vera juice, floral hydrosols, herbal extracts etc blended in. Body butters are made of botanical butters (shea, cocoa, kokum, mango) and seed oils (sweet almond, apricot, sesame, argan, coconut etc). Body butters usually have zero water content. Like lotions, butters too can have more ingredients like essential oils and herbal extracts.
Thickness – Body lotions are thin, lightweight and liquid. Body butters are either solid (like a bar) or whipped (like a thick, near solid cream) in consistency.
Absorbency – Body lotions are absorbed quickly by skin. Body butters are typically a tad slower in getting absorbed.
Both are best applied on damp skin to deliver better results.
Moisture provider vs moisture sealer – Body lotions’ chief job to give skin higher hydration or moisture content. Not only do body lotions have considerable water content, these also have humectants ingredients (that attract and hold water) like glycerin and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin well hydrated. Body butters, on the other hand, have a richer feel and work to lubricate skin. These create a barrier-like protective layer over the skin and seal in moisture that’s already there.
Areas of application – Body lotions are usually applied on arms, stomach, back and thighs. Body butters, on the other hand, are best applied on drier areas like hands, legs, elbows, lips and feet. There are no hard and fast rules here. Though, body butter should not be applied on facial skin as being heavy, it can block pores and that can sometimes lead to acne.
Staying power – Being lighter, body lotions usually have limited stay-on power. Body butters, on the other hand, are thicker and stay effective for longer. Do note though that body butters retain moisture that’s already inside the skin so to get the best benefits; you need to apply body butter on damp skin.
Skin protection power – Body Lotions being thinner and quick-absorb offer lower protection from environmental factors. Body butters, due to their barrier creating qualities between skin and external environment, score higher on this parameter.
Dry, normal or oily skin – Body Lotions, though more suited to oily and normal skin types, can work for all types of skin and almost all areas of body. Body butters, on the other hand, are more suited for drier and rougher skin zones (think knees, elbows, ankles). If your skin is prone to breakouts, it is better to stick to body Lotion and skip body butter entirely as it can clog pores and worsen acne due to its barrier forming tendencies.
Packaging: Most body Lotions come packed in bottles and have to be poured or pumped out.
Body butters, in contrast, come in wide mouth jars and have to be scooped out. Some body butters also come as solid bars that have to be rubbed on skin.
Frequency of use – Being lighter, body Lotions can definitely be applied more liberally and oftener. In contrast, body butters are heavier, last longer and need to be used in much smaller quantities.
Further things to know
Well, like any other skincare product, you should choose body Lotion or body butter after carefully checking the label. If it mentions mineral oil (or paraffinum/ liquid paraffin) and/or paraben, don’t waste your good money on it.
On the other hand, plant seed oils, plant butters, vegetable derived glycerin, aloe vera, plant extracts and essential oils are excellent things to have in your skincare products.
So, now you know how body Lotion and body butter differ. Choose one or both as per your needs.
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