Lotions and oils provide moisture to you skin and help lock it in. Especially in the cold winter months, our skin needs that extra boost to remain healthy and smooth. It is uncomfortable and sometimes painful to have dry and cracked skin. Oils and lotions can help limit your skin's water loss and seal in the moisture.
Oils can also have other effects on the mind and body. Essential oils have become popular in recent years as alternative ways to relieve stress, get over illnesses and more. No matter if you are using lotion and oil directly on your skin or using essential oils as part of a diffuser system, it is important to check all ingredients and ensure that you are not allergic to them.
When using oils and lotions on your body (or someone else's as part of a massage), it is important to understand the options.
Lotions are a popular choice for everyday use to help hydrate the skin after bathing, washing hands, etc. Lotions penetrate the skin, providing hydration and softness. They also often contain beneficial vitamins and compounds that help to make the skin look more youthful by replacing lost moisture, healing skin conditions and repairing damaged skin. However, lotions are more likely to contain synthetic chemicals that may be irritating or cause allergic reactions in people, so it is important to check the ingredients before using.
Oils glide effortlessly onto the skin to protect the lipid barrier and retain more moisture. Over time, the skin's ability to retain moisture lessens, and you could apply lotion over and over and still feel dry. Oils are formulated to seal in moisture and be incredibly hydrating. However, oil is much more slippery and greasy than lotion, and you might feel like a sticky residue is left on your skin after use. In addition, if you don't choose an oil that is noncomedogenic, the oil may clog your pores, resulting in acne.
At-home massage can help you relax and unwind, and massage oils and lotions help to enhance the experience. CVS offers a wide range of skin care and massage products online and in stores. You are sure to find the perfect option for your needs at a great price in our inventory.
Massage oils and lotions lubricate skin, making it easier to knead and work during a massage. Aromatherapy products have fragrances that help to set a certain mood. There are options designed to awaken the senses, encourage relaxation and more. The fragrance of an oil or lotion will linger on the skin after a massage.
Oils and lotions provide similar benefits but have different properties. Oils are heavier and thicker and become absorbed by the skin more slowly. As a result, reapplications are unlikely to be required during a massage.
Lotions are creamier and penetrate the skin during a massage. Although you may need to reapply them during a long massage, they do not leave the skin feeling slippery or greasy.
Essential oils are often used for massage and found in this product selection. An essential oil is a highly concentrated liquid made from certain parts of an herb. You should never apply a pure essential oil directly to your skin for a massage. Instead, you should mix a few drops with a carrier oil like almond oil, jojoba oil or grape seed oil.