Women today are more aware of skincare – and the first step in that is realizing that skin isn’t just about the face! We’ve now learned to pay attention to the rest of our bodies – after all, who doesn’t love feeling smooth and supple all over?
To this end, there are many specific products targeted for the body. Skincare products for the face are different from those for the rest of the body for the simple reason that the skin is different on the face and the rest of the body. Facial skin is a lot thinner and more sensitive and needs different ingredients for its care.
When it comes to our hands and feet, we have hand creams and foot creams. For the rest of the body, however, there are a plethora of options that can be quite confusing. The latest buzzword in this area seems to be ‘body yogurt.’
What is Body Yogurt?
A body yogurt is essentially a moisturizer that is quickly absorbed into the skin. It contains emulsifiers that form an emollient shield around the skin, keeping a sheet of emollient molecules close to the surface for a long time. Due to this, body yogurts are considered to be moisturizers with a long-lasting effect in retaining the skin’s natural moisture.
Like all moisturizers, body yogurts are also most effective when applied on damp skin. Still, unlike others, they are absorbed instantly, in as less as 15 seconds, providing up to 48 hours of moisturization. To understand more about body yogurts, it helps to look at how they are different from other body care products.
Body Yogurt vs. Body Butter vs. Body Lotion vs. Body Oil
With so many body care products in the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the similar-sounding names. Here is a quick break down of the essential differences between all of them.
Body Oils are quite common in India and have traditionally been used to nourish both skin and hair. Body oils can either contain a single oil or a combination of carrier and essential oils. They offer up to 8 hours of moisturization and are generally recommended for extremely dry skin. Other skin types may find the oil a little too greasy.
Body Lotions and Milks are often referred to interchangeably and are quite similar. The difference is that body milks have higher oil content, while body lotions have more water content. As a result, body milks are richer and preferable for drier skin, while body lotions work for normal skin. The effects of either generally last for about 12 hours.
Body Butters have a rich, cream-like consistency and offer intense moisturization. They often contain cocoa butter, shea butter, or a similar ingredient. They’re quite thick and can take a while to be fully absorbed into the skin. Due to this, they’re more suitable for normal to extremely dry skin types, and particularly during winters. Body butters are also used in specific areas, like elbows and knees. The effects usually last for 24-72 hours.
Body Yogurts have a gel-like consistency , resemble yogurts in their texture, and are quite lightweight compared to the other body care options. Due to this, they are easily absorbed and are suitable for all skin types. They also offer moisturization benefits that last for up to 48 hours.
Since body yogurts are absorbed quickly, they are a boon for busy women who don’t have too much time to get ready in the morning. The best way to get the benefits of a body yogurt is to apply it all over freshly washed, slightly damp skin. The yogurt is absorbed in under half a minute, and you can quickly get dressed without having to worry about any greasy, slimy feeling that richer creams, oils, or lotions leave behind.
Benefits of Using Body Yogurt
- It can be applied directly to damp skin, without needing it to be completely dry.
- It is absorbed instantly so that you can dress right away.
- The effects last for 48 hours.
- The consistency is like a light gel, making it easy to spread and apply over large areas.
- It is completely non-sticky and leaves skin smooth and supple.
- Body yogurts are the perfect option for staying moisturized on hot summer days.
- They often contain extra ingredients that nourish the skin.