Want to irritate a dermatologist? Tell them you don't use body lotion.“I cannot emphasize enough that moisturizers should not be considered a cosmetic product,” King of Prussia-baseddermatologist Dr. Erum Ilyas tells Mic. It may not be marketed that way, but using moisturizer — on your face and body — is an important healthy habit, just like flossing and wearing sunscreen. To help you in your search for the best body lotions for men, read on.
But first, some key insights from Dr. Ilyas, plus a few handy tips. It's helpful to think of our skin as a cobblestone street. “The skin cells make up the bricks, and the mortar that holds them together is made up of lipids, ceramides, wax esters, and other proteins that serve to protect our skin," she explains. "Once our skin dries out and the barrier function it serves starts to break apart, our skin becomes inflamed and more sensitive to the environment. Using a body lotion serves to replace these lost oils and helps restore our skin’s function as a barrier. Another benefit to moisturizing, especially in older skin, is that it increases the turgor to the skin to make it less likely to tear or bruise with minor bumps or scratches.”
If you have sensitive skin (or simply prefer unscented products), stick to a fragrance-free lotion to avoid irritation. Another important tip: always apply your body lotion immediately after showering while your skin is still damp to lock in all that residual moisture. And, if you can't be bothered to put together an elaborate skin care routine, invest in a quality lotion that you can use on your face and body to make things easy.