The Difference Between Body Cream & Body Lotion


body cream vs body lotion

Ever wondered whether a body cream or body lotion is best for you? This article breaks down which is right for you and why.

Everyone wants to keep their skin soft and hydrated, but today's oversaturated beauty and body market is filled with tons of products to choose from. If you want to find out what the difference is in a body cream vs a body lotion, keep reading - this is for you! We want to share with you why choosing between a body cream vs lotion isn’t as simple as it seems, and knowing the difference between their ingredients and benefits can make getting your desired results much easier. We are going to break down what a body cream is, what a body lotion is, and what the best body cream for your skin looks like.


What is Body Cream?

When talking about body cream vs body lotion, one of the key factors it comes down to is viscosity, also known as thickness. Body creams are generally thicker with a higher percentage of oil content. When your skin is feeling extra dry or in need of repair, you are always going to want to reach for a body cream. A body cream is made by blending oil and water, and the oil concentration is usually higher. Creams are thick and provide a protective, hydrating barrier to the skin.

For example, do you constantly have dry hands? Our Necessity Everyday Hand and Body Cream is the perfect solution to keep deskside for constant intense hydration. Even better, it is formulated with all the most high-quality plant-powered ingredients and has 250mg of Broad Spectrum CBD. It’s an uplifting and revitalizing moisturizing cream infused with 250mg of Broad Spectrum CBD. Bergamot, Vetiver and Citrus oils refresh the body while Mango Seed and Shea butters nourish and deeply condition the skin, leaving you feeling recharged and balanced throughout the day. So not only will you get the intense hydration your skin craves, but also the soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits of Broad Spectrum CBD. Especially during these crazy times of constant handwashing, it’s important to keep some hydration on hand. In the same light, if the skin on your body is feeling extra dry, a body cream is the way to go. Usually, best practice is to slather yourself in a body cream immediately after the shower, so that the cream can lock in that moisture and really do its job. As with our Necessity Everyday Hand and Body Cream, our Do Not Disturb Extra Strength Body Cream is formulated with all the highest quality ingredients. Our Do Not Disturb Extra Strength Body Cream has an extra dose of Broad Spectrum CBD, and is a deeply relaxing and restorative moisturizing body cream infused with an extra strength dose of 500mg Broad Spectrum CBD. Formulated with a unique blend of essential oils and natural extracts to calm your senses and put your mind and body at ease.

A body cream will always provide more hydration than a lotion, and prevent dry cracked skin while providing moisture and keeping the skin supple. We worked extra hard to make sure our body creams are never greasy, and that they absorb well into the skin, instead of leaving a layer on top of the skin. Besides the amazing hydration properties our creams have, they are also vegan, cruelty-free, non-psychoactive, and formulated without thousands of harmful ingredients. CBD also has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, so if you are feeling sore after a workout we highly recommend slathering yourself in our Do Not Disturb Body Cream. Many of our customers with arthritis have also emailed us and shared that they have found that Do Not Disturb really helps reduce pain in their hands from arthritis.


What Is Body Lotion?

Now, let us talk about body lotion. A body lotion has a higher water content than a cream, and is usually formulated mainly with water and a little bit of oil. A body lotion is usually lighter on the skin than a cream, and less greasy. Though we would like to point out that our clean beauty products and creams are always formulated to be non-greasy. Body lotions are readily absorbed into the skin because they have a lower viscosity than creams. If your skin is less dry, we recommend going for a lotion.

If you have Eczema, creams are your best bet, because they will protect your skin. You have to make sure that you are educating yourself about the ingredients in your cream because many body creams are formulated with harmful chemicals. Also, a lotion with a high water content will not contain enough beneficial ingredients to assist in soothing your eczema. 

If your main concern is Psoriasis, a body cream with anti-inflammatory properties is your best bet. Treatment is usually more personalized for psoriasis, but you are going to want to look for something that has Vitamin E in it. There are many creams and ointments to choose from for treating psoriasis, but we recommend reaching out to a health care professional to customize your treatment, and to find out if a CBD cream could be a good solution for you. Experts say that the only time you shouldn’t use lotions or creams is when your skin is damaged (think cuts, razor burn, etc.) in which case using a petroleum jelly is the best case until your skin is fully healed.

Last but certainly not least, if you have problems with acne, we are not going to suggest a body cream or a body lotion. These are usually too thick to apply to the face, and may clog pores. To help treat acne, we are going to recommend our Most Wanted Radiant Facial Oil. We know facial oils can be tricky. That’s why we spent two years formulating Most Wanted Radiant Facial Oil just for you. Suitable for ALL skin types (including sensitive and acne-prone skin) Most Wanted is THE face oil for people who “can’t use face oil.” We searched far and wide seeking answers from aestheticians, dermatologists and YOU to create the perfect all-natural blend of luxurious, high-performing oils that you wanted most. Most Wanted is infused with 500mg Broad Spectrum CBD, and packed with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that calm, soothe and revitalize the skin. This unique blend of supercharged ingredients has been expertly formulated to deeply moisturize and restore the skin’s natural balance, revealing a clear and radiant glow. Our face oil serum has been reviewed by hundreds of people who struggle with acne, and some have seen drastic results within less than a week. As with all of our products, it is vegan and cruelty free, non-psychoactive, and is consciously formulated without thousands of harmful ingredients.

We certainly hope that this article has helped shed some light on what the differences between a body cream vs lotion are, and which may benefit you most. You are always more than welcome to email us with your questions at orders@thefeelist.com.