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The Difference Between Body Lotion and Body Butter

December 5, 2012

Lotion, moisturizer, body butter, firming cream, body cream, etc., are all commonly used beauty products. There are seemingly endless names for these, which is why buying them can be so confusing. If you’re wondering what the difference between what body lotion and butter is, you’re not the only one.


A lot of people have absolutely no idea how these are different and why one is better than the other. The good news is, once you understand what they are, you will be a moisturizer expert! Then you can choose which product is best for your skin and needs.

Body Butter

This name comes from the fact that the lotion looks a whole lot like butter! It also feels like butter because it’s silky and smooth to touch. The consistency of body butter is also a lot thicker and creamier than regular lotion is. The creaminess of this product means that it’s more suitable for individuals who have very dry skin. It’s higher in oil and will provide the skin with a thick coating that will protect it from losing moisture throughout the day.

If you are suffering from really dry skin, even if it’s just during a part of the year, this lotion can help. You can put it on your hands as well as the rest of your body. It’s especially great for the feet if you are suffering from dry heels or peeling skin along the balls of your feet. Daily application can mean having smooth skin within just a few days, which isn’t normally the case with regular lotion. A lot of brands make this and it comes in many different scents/colors.

Body Lotion

Lotion is the most commonly used type of moisturization available today. It’s lightweight, easy to apply and covers the skin without leaving a greasy residue. Lotion is best for individuals who want to moisturize their skin without providing it with heavy hydration. It can be used for dry skin, but it’s also great for combination skin as well. There are also some that are made without oil, which is best for sensitive skin that tends to break out with added oils.

The consistency of lotion is generally pretty lightweight, unless you get a formula that is specifically made for extra dry skin. You can easily find lotion from a lot of different brands and stores. Prices will vary based on the brand and where you buy. If you apply this on a daily basis you should find that your skin stays smooth and supple. Daily use can also help to prevent dry skin from occurring during the first place.

There are different types of lotions made for specific parts of the body. For example, there are lotions made for the feet only. These are thicker formulas that penetrate the skin to relieve it of dryness. The formulas that are made for the ace are normally light, oil free and sometimes fragrance free as well. There are also products made to help with stretch marks, firming and other common skin problems.

Popea Ionut is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything and everything. He usually writes at Squidoo where he compiled a list with the Best Body Butters available on the market.

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