What are Different Types of Beauty Lotions?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
A bottle of lotion.
A bottle of lotion.

There are many different types of beauty lotions on the market. There are beauty lotions that are intended for different parts of the body such as the face, neck, hands, and feet while there are others that are formulated for use on the entire body. Some lotions are indicated for specific skin conditions. Some beauty lotions are meant to treat dry skin while others are good for oily skin. There are also lotions that are meant to improve the appearance of skin by reducing wrinkles, age spots, or the appearance of cellulite.

Beauty lotions may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Beauty lotions may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Some beauty lotions are meant to protect the skin. While most lotions protect the skin from dryness, others include ingredients that protect the skin from specific kinds of damage. There are a number of lotions, for example, that protect the skin from the sun by including ingredients that create a sun protection factor, or SPF. The sun protection factor in lotions can range from a value of five to a value of 85. Most beauty lotions that offer protection from sun damage have a sun protection factor between 15 and 30.

Some beauty lotions are intended for use on the hands.
Some beauty lotions are intended for use on the hands.

It is also common for beauty lotions to be formulated to protect the skin from the effects of pollution. These kinds of lotions may be formulated to create a barrier that blocks pollution. It is also common for lotions to be made with antioxidants which are meant to protect the skin from free radicals, which are molecules that can damage cells. There are some lotions that are formulated with both sun protection and antioxidants.

Some lotions are indicated for specific skin conditions.
Some lotions are indicated for specific skin conditions.

Beauty lotions can be used to target specific skin conditions such as acne. Some lotions are made with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, both of which are common ingredients in acne treatments. Lotions can also be used to lighten the skin. Lightening the skin may be important to people who have spots on their skin which are the results of sun damage or scarring.

Vitamin E lotions are often used for beauty purposes.
Vitamin E lotions are often used for beauty purposes.

One of the most common ingredients in beauty lotions is aloe, which is soothing to the skin and can be used on even burned and sensitive skin. Aloe is very commonly used in lotion that is meant to treat sunburns. Another common ingredient in lotion is Vitamin C, which is often indicated for use in lightening and brightening the appearance of the skin. Vitamin E, which is nourishing for the skin, is also frequently used in beauty lotion formulas.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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    • A bottle of lotion.
      A bottle of lotion.
    • Beauty lotions may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
      Beauty lotions may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
    • Some beauty lotions are intended for use on the hands.
      Some beauty lotions are intended for use on the hands.
    • Some lotions are indicated for specific skin conditions.
      Some lotions are indicated for specific skin conditions.
    • Vitamin E lotions are often used for beauty purposes.
      Vitamin E lotions are often used for beauty purposes.