What Does Lotion Do to the Skin?
People have been using lotions for their skin since ancient times. Skin lotion is used primarily to moisturize and protect the skin, making it more comfortable and younger looking. Some lotions contain other ingredients like anti-aging elixirs and/or sunscreens to protect the skin from UV rays. The effectiveness of skin lotions depends on how you use them.
Mesolithic cave people used oils and grease to soften their skin. Specially prepared lotions were used in Ur and in ancient Egypt. The Bible even mentions the use of lotions.
There are moisturizers that are formulated specifically for the face, body, hands and feet. Some have extra ingredients in them that are supposed to slow or reverse the signs of aging.
Lotions help keep the skin moist and supple leaving it more comfortable and younger looking. They protect against moisture loss and some protect against sun damage with sunscreens.
Lotions help trap moisture next to the skin so that it does not evaporate away. An effective moisturizer will protect the skin and keep it from getting irritated and flaky, making it look older and less healthy.
For lotions to be the most effective, you have to apply them while the skin is damp so that the moisture on your skin can be trapped against it. Some less-expensive lotions are just as effective as their pricey counterparts.