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How To Choose A Body Lotion

Body and hand lotions have become a ubiquitous element of the personal care spa products market and the variety available these days is absolutely endless.  You can spend as little as a few dollars to as much as several hundred when purchasing a body lotion, and they come in all kinds of textures, scents, and colors.  Due to this, choosing a lotion can be a confusing and sometimes overwhelming experience.

A lotion is a topical material, usually an oil-in-water emulsion.  Lotions are used for a variety of reasons, from medicine delivery to cosmetic purposes.  Many people use hand, face and body lotions to provide protection and moisture to their skin in dry conditions, and lotions can also be a great way to absorb the essences of certain medicinal plants in to the skin.

Lotion has been used for several hundreds of years to beautify and moisturize skin.  Prior to the creation of lotions, fragrant plant oils were used to moisturize and beautify the body, but lotions have the added benefit of soaking in to the skin easily and quickly.  A high quality lotion does not leave any greasy residue, and allows the skin to quickly absorb all of its healing benefits.

So, with all of the lotions out there on the market, how is one to select the right one?  The first thing to consider is the nature of the ingredients contained in your lotion.  We use spa products like lotion in order to take care of the external aspect of our body, just like we take medicines to care for the internal.  The skin is not just a barrier, it is the largest organ of the body, and is constantly absorbing things with which it comes in contact.  Therefore, it is very important to remember that whatever sort of lotion you select, the ingredients inside it will, to some extent, be absorbed in to your body.

Despite this, many body lotions contain a dizzying variety of synthetic chemicals and next to no ingredients, other than water, that you can recognize as coming directly from nature.  Using lotions like this will affect our health just as surely as eating processed junk food!

Many body lotions make wild claims regarding their ability to eliminate wrinkles, cellulite, and other unsightly blemishes, but keep in mind that the cosmetic industry in this country is not regulated, and so these manufacturers can put whatever dangerous chemicals they like in to their products and can make any claim they like regarding its effects.  None of these lofty claims made by major body lotion companies have ever been confirmed by clinical studies.  On the other hands, studies have showed that many conventional body care products contain known carcinogens.

Once you start to think about it, it seems strange that people consider rubbing body lotions with unpronounceable ingredients in to their skin, when they would be unwilling to eat a product containing such mysterious chemicals.  Fortunately, just as the natural food movement has taken off in many countries in the last ten years or so, so has the natural spa products movement, and there are now a vast variety of totally natural, healthy and life supporting body lotions on the market.

Keep in mind that just because a company calls a product "natural" does not mean that it does not contain loads of synthetic chemicals - the word natural is not regulated, either.  Fortunately, the word "organic" is regulated, so you know that when you purchase an organic body lotion, such as the Natrinia body lotion we offer here at Spiritual Scents you are getting a product that contains no chemically treated or artificial ingredients.  These luxurious body lotions are composed of wonderful, emollient ingredients, are rich in shea butter, which is an amazing natural skin moisturizer, and are scented with pure plant and flower essences.

We also offer our wonderful Zen body lotion, brought to us by a small, ethical family-owned business.  These luxurious body lotions are infused with organic lavender, echinacea, green tea and chamomile, as well as the essences of a variety of healing scents.  They also contain jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, aloe vera and sea kelp extract to rejuvenate and deeply moisturize the skin without leaving any greasy residue.  The best part about using natural body lotions that are scented with pure essential oils is that you get a wonderful aromatherapy treatment every time you use the lotion!  As an example, Zen offers a rosemary mint lotion that truly is Energizing and wakes up the mind as well as the body, and a rich and exotic amber and patchouli blend that leads one towards an Enlightened, meditative state.

There are so many amazing options to choose from when it comes to all-natural, good for you body lotions, that there is no reason to apply artificial chemicals to your skin ever again!  Next time you go to purchase a body lotion, be aware of the health of the skin, that essential body organ, and select a lotion that will truly help to heal your mind, body and spirit.
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