Oils VS. Lotions: The Benefits of Each & When To Use Them

By Amanda Stender

Do you reach for oil or lotion (or both) when you moisturize? While oils are gaining popularity as an everyday moisturizer, lotions are still a standard go-to for many of us. If you aren't sure how to use oil and lotion in your skincare routine, you definitely aren't alone - here are the benefits of each and when to use them:

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Lotions

Lotions are designed to penetrate the skin fast, providing instant hydration. A huge benefit of using lotions? They can deliver various skin-boosting ingredients, like aloe vera, shea butter, and vitamins E and C - all at once. Because facial lotions absorb so quickly (compared to oils), we prefer using them in the morning, underneath any makeup. A lot of brands pack lotions with unhealthy preservatives and chemicals - like mineral oil, which is actually a petroleum by-product. So if you use lotion, be sure to check the ingredients and make sure you're not putting any bad stuff onto your skin!

Oils

Oils, on the other hand, sometimes take a little longer to be absorbed into the skin. They can deliver some serious nutrients though, and are great for repairing and healing. Contrary to what you might think, most oils (non-comedogenic ones) can be used on all skin types - even oily, breakout-prone skin. This is because they actually mimic the oil your skin produces, which tricks it into producing less (score)! This nourishing and hydrating facial oil is non-comedogenic and rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9, which are exactly the ingredients your skin needs to repair itself.

We're also obsessed with using coconut oil as a daily body moisturizer right after stepping out of the shower. It's chock full of vitamin E and fatty acids, and even has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Although it makes a great body moisturizer for day or night, we recommend skipping this oil altogether for your face - it's comedogenic, meaning it can clog up your pores.

The great thing about using oil as a moisturizer is that it's in its purest form, so you don't have to worry about any unnatural additives or chemicals that might be found in lotions.

When do you use oil vs. lotion for your skin? Let us know what works best for you!