How To Use Body Lotion After A Shower
When you're stepping out of the shower or bath, you better have some body lotion nearby. That's because bath time is the best time to lock in moisture and make your skin feel silky smooth.
Peruse the list below to learn why and how to use body lotion following your shower.
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1. Be aware of why we put body lotion on semi-wet skin
Before we go through the specific steps of how to apply lotion after a shower, let's take a moment to review the benefits of moisturizers, and find out why putting lotion on slightly damp skin is ideal.
There are three main types of moisturizers: humectants, emollients, and occlusives. Humectants, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, are hydrators that bind water to the skin.
Emollients smooth and soften the skin by filling in the spaces between corneocytes with additional oils and lipids that mimic what's naturally present in the stratum corneum (the uppermost layer of the epidermis).
Occlusives also lend help to this lipid matrix, providing a protective barrier to lock in moisture, and preventing trans epidermal water loss (TEWL).
These moisturizing agents work together to support the skin barrier, which exists not only to maintain moisture, but also to keep environmental toxins out.
Since one of the main purposes of a moisturizer is to prevent water loss, it makes sense to use body lotion while the skin is slightly wet.
Dr. Michael Kaminer, a board-certified dermatologist, says that most moisturizers work best when the skin is hydrated. When water completely evaporates from the body after a shower, it can leave the skin feeling dry. That's why you want to seal in that moisture with body lotion while the skin is still somewhat damp.
However, you shouldn't be soaking wet while trying to apply most lotions. When exiting the shower, we still recommend patting (mostly) dry first, and then applying a moisturizer.
2. Prep your hydration station
Before you step one foot in the shower or bath, be sure to set yourself up for success. Getting in the habit of a beautifying skincare ritual requires some staging and forethought.
You're less likely to apply body lotion - and actually enjoy it - if it's an afterthought. In other words, if you have to step across cold tiles while soaking wet to search under the sink for that body lotion you bought last month, you're less likely to do it.
At JUARA we're all about being present and enjoying the self-care space. When you take care of yourself, you can share a better version of yourself with those around you.
Tap into intentionality and mindfulness wherever your beauty and skincare steps take place. Whether you're in a bedroom, a bathroom, or a locker room, make it a space that "sparks joy."
Find a lotion you love. A lotion that is moisturizing will protect your skin. A lotion that smells great will make you smile.
If you have a bath mat that's soft and fluffy and brings you joy, be sure to set it out before you step in the shower.
If you want to moisturize immediately after the bath or shower, get that lotion bottle out beforehand, and place it where it's easily accessible.
If you want to give your feet the same sweet treatment, be sure to set out some socks or slippers as well. And, for what it's worth, something as simple as petroleum jelly (AKA Vaseline) can work wonders on those rough patches on your heels.
While it's true that you probably won't prepare a spa-like experience every single time you shower, even setting out the supplies you need is a step in the right direction.
3. Cleanse your entire body
Who doesn't love washing away the dirt and debris (as well as some of that stress) after a long day? Keeping your body clean is an important part of overall hygiene, and it just feels good.
After you take that first step to set up your shower or bath area as best you can, then it's time to come clean, as it were.
Having cleansed skin is the foundation for all the other skincare steps. You can't very well layer lotion on top of dirty, flaky skin. For any additional body care products to be effective, starting with a clean slate is absolutely key.
When it comes to shower time, there are a few important things to mention.
Though a lot of us love how hot water can steam up a shower and help release tight muscles, it's not an ideal situation for the skin.
Hot showers can cause redness and itching, and even inflame the skin. Too much hot water can strip the skin of those natural oils that are needed to keep skin healthy. This may disrupt the skin's moisture balance, and cause additional dryness.
Your best bet is to use lukewarm water and keep those hot showers to a minimum. You can't leave it up to lotion to fix everything.
When you're deciding which body wash to use, remember that you want to avoid applying anything too drying. Harsh chemicals and artificial colorants can exacerbate certain skin conditions.
If you've found something that works for you, use your normal shower product as you usually would. Whether it be a moisturizing soap like Candlenut bar soap or a bubbling body wash, be sure you get good and clean all over.
Later, when you apply that lotion, you'll be locking in some of the goodness of these products.
4. Exfoliate occasionally
Our skin cells go through a natural skin cell renewal cycle in which older cells dry out and slough off to make way for newer, fresher cells. However, some additional exfoliation can give skin a healthy and radiant glow.
Chemical exfoliants dissolve dead skin cells by using fruit acids or enzymes, while physical exfoliation scrubs involve manually sloughing off dead cells with a scrub or brush. Most body scrubs contain physical exfoliants, but you'll find some that contain both.
So, with that little lesson out of the way, the question remains: how often should you exfoliate?
Well, it partially depends on your skin type. If you have dry or extremely sensitive skin, you should keep it to once a week. For those with a normal or oily skin type, two to three times a week works.
And if you're searching for a fabulous new body scrub, we've got you covered, friend. JUARA Candlenut Body Polish will reveal a radiant new you and do away with dull, dry skin.
It contains crushed walnut which gently exfoliates the skin, and beautifying botanical oils that bring moisture to the body and lock it in. Its warm, sweet, and nutty scent makes it even more of an earthly delight.
This soap-free formula doesn't contain surfactants and it can be used any time - even without water - on rough areas like heels and elbows.
However you choose to use it, you'll be left with beautiful skin all over your body. This is the perfect product to pamper yourself and prepare your skin to receive the vitamins and nutrients in subsequent skincare steps.
5. Pat dry then put on your body lotion
When water evaporates off the skin quickly, it can make skin feel dry. You'll want to have all your supplies at the ready, so you can prevent that. Make sure that towel is handy so you can remove excess water and then rub the lotion in.
(As a quick aside: there are some in-shower moisturizers on the market that can help seal in some of that water before you dry off, but that's a topic for another post.)
After you get yourself nice and clean, it's time to wrap up the shower and wrap yourself in a towel.
Before apply body lotion, gently pat your skin dry - but not completely. Instead, leave the skin feeling damp so that you're not totally stripping it of the moisture that you just received from the water.
Also, avoid drying off too aggressively. Sometimes we don't even realize how rough we are with our skin, but if you've already exfoliated, there's no need to go overboard now.
Try to baby yourself just a bit, and be gentle.
6. Use the best body lotions to send dry skin packing
Applying body lotion is one way to protect and nourish skin. Sometimes dry skin requires a little extra help.
Products that deliver deep moisture like JUARA Candlenut Body Cream can come to the skin's rescue and be a remedy for a whole host of issues such as dryness, itching, and flakiness.
This best-selling body lotion combines nourishing candlenut and avocado oils with vitamin-rich illipe butter to help your body stay hydrated. You'll love how this moisturizer leaves you with velvety, smooth skin.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients in this formula help protect you from sun damage and environmental toxins that can cause dry skin.
Not only does it provide long-lasting moisture, but the subtly sweet tropical aroma - with notes of bergamot, blooming jasmine, and coconut - stays with you all day long.
(Pro tip: follow up with our jasmine perfume oil to keep that scent lasting even longer.)
This cream has a whipped and wonderful texture that allows it to melt in and moisturize the skin within a few seconds. It's our favorite - and dare we say the best - body lotion for this reason, as well as all of the benefits mentioned above.
Not to toot our own horn (actually scratch that, because we're about to boast just a little), but this body lotion was a Pop Sugar Beauty Awards Hall of Fame winner for Conscious Beauty Buys.
In other words, this cream is a bastion of body care that can stand up to rough patches while still calming and soothing sensitive skin.
All you need to do is gently massage this skin-strengthening moisturizer all over your body to see a reduction in fine lines and dry skin.
And since we are talking in this post about using body lotions after you shower, remember that you want to apply body lotion to slightly wet skin to retain the most moisture.
7. Bring a body oil into the mix for an added glow
There's more than one way to moisturize.
You can take body care above and beyond by incorporating a skin-conditioning moisturizer like Candlenut Glow Body Oil by JUARA.
Some people opt for a body lotion over a body oil because they think they'll be left with that unwanted sticky feeling if they use an oil. However, not every body oil is the same.
The ultra-luxe dry formula for this oil means you'll get soft and smooth skin without any sort of sticky feel at all.
The Candlenut Glow Body Oil serves up serious skin replenishment and gives you that glow from body polishing head to toe.
A rich variety of botanicals bring antioxidants and nutrients to restore and nourish the skin. Those who have tried it rave about its ability to rejuvenate and firm.
It contains a mix of the best skin-loving ingredients that nature has to offer, including plumeria, passion fruit, candlenut, moringa oleifera, and turmeric. The high fatty acid content in some of these natural oils enables the deep delivery of moisture - even to super dry skin.
It's lightweight but does some heavy lifting. It not only leaves skin looking luminous, but strengthens it from the inside out. Your whole body will feel more hydrated and healthy.
And as if that wasn't sufficient, the signature JUARA Candlenut aroma will send your senses on a relaxing tropical vacation.
So while a good lotion is indeed essential, don't limit yourself. Try layering on a little body oil as well.
For you enterprising DIY-ers, here's a video about how to make your own after-shower body oil moisturizer.
For more tips on making the most of your body lotion, cream, or other moisturizer, follow our blog.
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