Body oil vs. lotion: the key differences and when to use each


 



 


  • The texture of body oil and lotion

One of the most significant changes is the texture of each. While lotions are smoother, creamier, and lighter, oils are… Well, oilier! Most of the time (but not every time), it'll be easier to apply and spread lotions, plus you'll feel the soothing effects sooner than with the oil. But don't let it fool you; immediate effects don't mean better results! Since oils are generally thicker and need more time to get into the skin, they also get more profound and lock in that moisture for longer.

  • Hydration and moisturization level

Now we're getting to the most crucial point! After all, this is the main reason we choose to use one or another, right? Both body lotions and body oils moisturize the skin and make it glow. However, there are some key differences.


Many oils (like avocado, jojoba, moringa, and almond) mimic the natural lipids found in our skin. That similar structure can help repair and re-regulate your skin's moisture barrier, which is responsible for oil production. That means that, with oil, you're getting a more softening and soothing effect.


Lotions are hydration based, so the main point of a lotion is to provide the skin with moisture and repair it. However, various body lotions also contain oil to help you get the best of both worlds.

  • Ingredients & cleanness of products

We're all about clean, pure products and sustainability at Thai Serenity Spa. We care about mother Earth and always ensure that all products are as clean and natural as possible. Plus, did you know that questionable ingredient like fragrances or preservatives can not only be more harmful to our skin but also dry our skin even more?


It's much easier to find a natural oil without additives, fragrances, and questionable ingredients than with lotions.

  • Allergies and sensitivity

As with anything else you use in your skincare routine, you should always ensure that it will not irritate your skin. This can happen with lotions as well as oils.


Be sure to patch-test a product before incorporating it into your skincare routine. The best place to do that is on your inner forearm. Put the product on and wait for 24 hours to make sure you're not sensitive to that specific product.

  • How to use body oil and lotion

Oils will always work better when your skin is wet, so we suggest using them directly after washing your face. That extra water will help lock in the most significant amount of hydration possible.


Ideally, you'd also want to use the lotion when the skin is still damp. If your skin is extremely dry, you can also choose to apply body lotion over an oil.


If you want the best results for especially cold months and especially dry skin, layering a lotion and oil is your best bet. You can layer a facial oil underneath your lotion or mix it before applying it to the skin.






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