To choose the best skin lotion, it is best to first consider what your specific skin concerns are, as well as if you want to purchase organic products. There are hundreds of different types of lotions available to treat different skin problems, or simply to deliver extra moisture to the skin. You will likely need to purchase more than one skin lotion, because it is best to use separate lotions on the body and face. Be sure to choose lotions that contain sunscreen for daytime use.
No matter what type of skin lotion you are choosing, it is a good idea to select a moisturizer with emollient ingredients such as petrolatum, shea butter, or cocoa butter, and ingredients such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and ceramide, which all help to seal moisture in to the skin. Some additional beneficial ingredients may include aloe, vitamins C and E, which function as antioxidants, green tea, or chamomile, all of which soothe and calm the skin. Additional ingredients may be added for specific purposes, but these are the most basic and tend to make the most difference in moisturization of the skin.
Skin lotion designed to moisturize the body is some of the most basic available. It tends to be thicker and richer than lotion for the face, and works well to combat very dry skin on the hands, elbows, knees, and feet as well. If you find that your skin gets dry, apply a body lotion every day immediately after showering. Some body lotions are scented as well, for a little extra fragrance. Others include the ingredients that may slowly give the skin a fake tan, or to minimize the appearance of stretch marks, scars, or cellulite.
Skin lotion for the face is lighter and gentler than body lotion, and will not clog pores. Many people choose oil-free lotion for the face, especially those with oily or acne-prone skin. If you have acne or are prone to blemishes, choose lotion with acne-fighting ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It is especially important to choose a facial lotion that contains sunscreen as well; not only can sunburns lead to wrinkles and sun spots, but also skin cancer. Skin lotion that contains feverfew can be very calming to the facial skin as well.
If you have sensitivities or allergies, choose lotions that are marked as hypoallergenic. Keep in mind that organic products are not necessarily hypoallergenic or any gentler on sensitive skin, they are just made with organic ingredients. In addition, test a new lotion in an inconspicuous spot first to be sure it does not cause redness or irritation.