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Lotion vs. Oil: Which Moisturizer Reigns Supreme?

There’s an endless array of moisturizers out there, and everyone has their favorite. But when it comes down to it, there’s really only two main categories of moisturizing products – lotions and oils – and they both have their own pros and cons.

Do you like heavily scented products, or do you prefer more natural formulas? Do you like the feel of a buttery rich lotion, or do you prefer the silky feel of a luxurious body oil?

At the end of the day, your choice between lotions and oils will always come down to personal preference. But if you’re wondering which type of moisturizer is superior, here’s how the two match up.

Consistency

There’s a lotion out there to suit anyone’s fancy. From body butters to whipped formulas, body lotions are quite versatile.

Oils, on the other hand, tend to have the same consistency – although some are more lightweight than others. A good body oil can even feel less greasy than a thick lotion, as it absorbs more efficiently and makes you feel smooth instead of sticky.

Ingredients

One of the downfalls of lotion is that water is one of the main ingredients. What’s so bad about water? Unfortunately, the presence of water means bacteria and mold can grow inside the lotion. To prevent that, preservatives need to be added. And since lotion combines oil and water, emulsifying ingredients need to be added as well.

When it comes to natural products, it really doesn’t get any more pure than a quality body oil. With many oils, such as coconut and black seed, containing anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, no preservatives or extra additives are needed. So if you’re a purist when it comes to your beauty and body products, opt for oils instead of lotions.

Effects

There’s definitely some pros to applying lotion daily, as it keeps the skin moisturized and supple. But with wax being a key ingredient, lotions can leave a residue on the skin, which leads to clogged pores and potential breakouts. The wax also acts like a barrier, preventing your skin from fully absorbing all of the nourishing oils contained in the lotion. Why not cut out the middle man and use oils as a moisturizer?

Because oils don’t contain any fillers, your skin is able to “drink it in” more effectively. And contrary to popular belief, oils don’t pose a threat to acne-prone skin. While your skin receives a healthy dose of moisture, some body oil products even multitask by firming the skin and smoothing the appearance of cellulite.

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Aqua (Water), Pueraria Mirifica Extract, Propylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-38, Hydroxyethycellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Fragrance

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Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Propanediol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Panthenol, Macelignan, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Fragrance