Lotions Guide – Lotions and Creams are an important part of many young women’s and men’s lifestyle. However, overuse of certain products can lead to premature aging and a dependence on the product. Our skin was not evolved for showering with utility-quality water twice a day, so when we strip the protective layer of natural moisturizer from our skin we have to replace it by using skin products or we develop oily or dry skin. Some people do better than others. Some things that reduce the need for lotions are a good diet, getting the right minerals and vitamins, drinking plenty of water, avoiding skin irritation from fabric softeners and other things that leave residue on clothing, and using a gentler soap that doesn’t leave irritating or drying residue.
Lotions generally include an oil-like ingredient or some other ingredient to form a layer that keeps moisture in to help protect the skin. To make sure oil-like ingredients and water solution ingredients mix properly and stay together, an emulsifier ingredient is used. Emulsifiers include Steareth, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate, Hydrogenated Castor Oils, PEG, Lecithin, Propylene Glycol, Borax, and Beeswax.
Beeswax is natural, and generally very safe to use for people with skin irritation, although some people do report allergies.
Lecithin is a chemical often used in food products such as chocolates. Lecithin is natural and sometimes is even used as a dietary supplement.
Here is a list of other commonly used lotion ingredients: