If there is one topic in cooler weather we get asked frequently, it’s about body creams. How to use them, are they really necessary and just what can they do for your skin? 

We also get asked about the differences between body creams and body lotions, a point of much confusion. 

We decided to put everything in one place and address all your top questions in this article, where you will learn everything you need to about body creams and lotions, and you’ll feel quite the guru by the time you reach the end!

Be sure to spread the love with your friends and family because no one deserves dry, scaly skin!

What are the best natural skin care tips for dry skin? 

Dry skin is a drag, there is no way to sugarcoat it, and when the temperatures are starting to dip, dry skin is par for the course, unfortunately. 

The humidity is sucked out of the air as the cooler weather settles in and this sucks the moisture right out of your skin too, leaving it dry, itchy and uncomfortable. 

Then just when you think you’ve escaped the cold, you’re confronted with artificial heating (which we are immensely grateful for!) but which does take quite a toll on your skin, as it also pulls moisture right out of your pores. 

Before you start addition some of that moisture back, first you want to be sure to slough away dead skin cells so your skin can simply drink it up!

rough dry patches

Enjoy a head to toe full body exfoliation with our TIME TO EXFOLIATE Charcoal Scrub that will leave your skin baby soft. Be sure to rinse with lukewarm water, avoiding the hot setting as hot water strips the skin of natural moisture. 

Your skin will now also readily absorb your follow up body creams!

How to use body creams?

Because body creams contain oils and no water, you want to apply your cream to skin that is slightly damp to enhance absorption. 

Apply to clean skin, think right after the shower when your skin is still damp, to seal moisture in. You may want to gently massage your cream into your skin in firm, yet gentle circular motions to stimulate blood flow for an instant rosy glow, to promote collagen production and to further increase absorption. 

Thicker creams are best applied at night before bed, don’t forget about areas that need special attention such as rough skin on the elbows, knees and heels. 

What is the best body cream for my skin? 

Your skin may be dry, extra dry or normal and it’s important to use a cream that suits your skin type. 

For extra dry skin we highly recommend our TAKES TWO TO MANGO Body Cream and for normal/dry skin check out our SPIRIT SISTER Body Cream option.

body cream for dry skin

Is it ok to use body creams on my feet?

Absolutely! The skin on our feet is thicker and can quickly turn thick and scaly (the crocodile look is never in!) so be sure to slather on your body cream on your feet too! For spa-like results, apply your cream at night and cover with a pair of soft cotton socks. Your feet will thank you in the morning.

Here are some awesome foot scrub recipes to address various foot woes, that you may like to try before slathering on your cream!

What do body creams help with? 

Body creams have a heap of benefits from nourishing the skin, improving skin texture to leaving the skin healthy and radiant!

They are thicker than a body lotion, but we will get to that in the next question!

What is the difference between body cream and body lotion? 

Creams are thicker, formulated with oils and no water, ideal to seal in moisture, creating a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss through the pores. They are especially beneficial during Fall/Winter when the dry air tends to draw moisture out of your pores and great to use at night so they can work their magic while you sleep. 

Lotions are more lightweight than body creams, with a high-water content so they are easily absorbed and do not have to be applied to damp skin. They are wonderful for adding beautiful hydration and are best to use in the morning. 

If you’d like to know more about how our body lotions can benefit your skin then click here!

What is the best body cream to tone and firm dry skin? 

Our TAKES TWO TO MANGO Body Cream is brimming in antioxidants and fatty acids to fight free radicals, and deliver a deep dose of skin protection. 

We have included Sal butter in this formula, a beautifully rich butter, obtained from the fruit of the Sal tree in India, to instantly protect, relieve parched skin and improving the skin’s elasticity. 

How often should I use body cream and when should I apply it? 

We recommend applying a body cream daily in harsh weather during the cooler months, after a shower in the evening, to allow the cream to nourish the skin overnight.

Don’t skip the moisture daily in the summer months though! Simply switch to a more lightweight alternative such as body lotions.


We hope this article has helped to clear things up and answer your most common questions. If you have any more do be sure to share with us. 

A daily body cream can really transform your skin and leave it healthy and luminous no matter how gloomy the weather is outside!


These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For any medical concern you should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. Full Medical Disclaimer.


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