Dermatologist Reveals What People Should Use Instead of Lotion After Showering


Rubbing lotion right after a shower may not be as beneficial as what most people would think, at least according to several dermatologists, especially if your goal is to achieve that post-shower moisture.

Lotioning after a shower has long been assumed to be  the best way to soft and smooth skin. However, it turns out that lotion may not be as beneficial as what most people think.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), an organization with over 20,000 dermatologists, is debunking this myth once and for all. According to them, most lotions aren’t made to be moisturising despite what the bottle is saying. Instead, there are other more effective ways to moisturise the skin.

AAD recommends using a cream or ointment to relieve dry skin. Dr. Joshua Zeichmer, a board-certified West Dermatology Hillcrest San Diego dermatologist confirms this while speaking with the Independent. According to him, creams and ointments are more effective and less irritating than lotions.

Thick ointments are ideal for keeping the entire body moisturised. Thicker ointments are oil-based, which gives out maximum moisture to the body than regular lotion.

Ointments also have the best ability to smoothen and soften the skin without the harmful side effects. The downside to using thick ointment is that it can take a while before the oil absorbs into your skin. If you don’t have the time or you don’t like the greasiness of the oil, AAD suggests using creams and serums as alternative after-shower options.

Dr. Joshua Zeichner recommends serums specifically for facial hydration. He adds that serums, specifically ones containing hyaluronic acid, should be applied as the first layer of product for your skin. Serum is made to boost the hydration process, along with giving out an overall plumping effect of the skin on your face.

When it comes to buying serum, you won’t have to spend a lot of money for a good one. Popular serums like Olay Regenerist, Neutrogena Hydroboost, Aveeno Maxglow, among others are effective. They are also available at any local drug store, and are reasonably priced.

If you are moisturizing your entire body, you can opt for cream instead. Dr. Zeichmer and AAD claim that it works better on larger areas and is generally more effective than lotion.

Since creams have less oil, they spread and absorb into the skin quicker than ointments. It also offers a far superior moisture than lotion.

According to the National Eczema Association, lotions tend to evaporate quickly and may contain preservatives that can potentially burn your skin when applied. They could also cause more harm than good, especially if you are suffering from skin issues like eczema.

To keep your skin soft, hydrated and healthy, go for a post-shower product that is best for your needs. If you need more help in determining which is right for you, talk to your West Dermatology Hillcrest San Diego dermatologist today.