Can You Use Body Lotion to Moisturize Your Face?

Can You Use Body Lotion on the Face?

Most body lotions are not designed for use on the face. “Body lotions and creams are designed for areas of the skin that need more help in maintaining moisture, and because the face has many more oil glands than the body, they can leave the face feeling oily,” says Dr. Waintraub. If you have oily skin, opt for a lightweight mattifying moisturizer like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat

There are some products, however, that are designed to be used on both the face and body, typically on dry and dehydrated skin. “Especially in the winter, some body creams or lotions are designed to be used to protect and soothe severely dry and cracked skin,” says Dr. Waintraub. Just check the label to make sure the product is specifically formulated for both the face and body before use. 

Our favorite all-in-one moisturizer is the CeraVe Healing Ointment, which can be used anywhere on the face or body. 

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Possible risk for using lotion in your beard

Some of the risks that may come with using lotion include.

Clogged pores

Mineral oil and coconut oil have been known to clog pores if you have oily skin that is prone to acne. Keeping lotion loaded with mineral oil and coconut oil may be a good idea.

Look and feel greasy

Lotion may make your facial hair appear and feel greasy to the touch. Additionally, when mineral oil is inhaled it can cause a type of pneumonia known as .

Below is a list of the most common products used in the manufacturing of lotions.

  • mineral oil
  • water
  • glycerin
  • capric acid triglyceride
  • stearic acid
  • cetyl alcohol
  • phenoxyethanol
  • phenol
  • Cetearyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • carbomer
  • sodium citrate
  • ethylparaben
  • propylparaben

While these products are beneficial to the other parts of your body, most of them will cause more harm than good to your facial hair.

Additives such as parabens and sulfates will cause more harm to your beard in the long run. also makes your beard rough.

How to use body lotion:


Slathering on sumptuous smelling body lotions fresh out of the bath or shower is one of life’s affordable luxuries. If you are in a position to carve out a bit of time to enjoy this little ritual, choosing a decadent-feeling body lotion that leaves the skin velvety soft can be a relaxing, mood-boosting end to the day or an uplifting start to one.

How are face and body moisturizers different?

Because of the individual traits of your facial and body skin, the moisturizers that target each are formulated to serve vastly different purposes beyond simple hydration and softening. Body lotion tends to address concerns like firming, cellulite, or spider veins, according to cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Face lotions, she says, are typically focused more on pores, dark spots, oiliness, wrinkles, and fine lines.

What Is The Difference Between The Skin On Your Body And Face?

The first differentiating feature between the skin on your face and that on the body is the thickness. While the skin on your face, particularly your eyes, is thin and delicate, the skin on the other body areas is thicker, especially around the hips, thighs, buttock, and abdomen.

Your facial skin is more sensitive and fragile than your body. It is also frequently exposed to environmental conditions, such as the sun, wind, pollution, and extreme temperatures, adding to its vulnerability.

With the difference between the skin textures, it is only logical that the moisturizers used on these different parts are also different.


  • While applying lotion anywhere on your body, if you get a rash or your skin feels irritated, itchy, or hot, discontinue use immediately. Also take a look at the ingredients in the product so you can start to determine which ingredients you are allergic or very sensitive to.[18]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I put Vaseline on my beard? Yes, you can put . However, you should note that Vaseline helps to lock moisture that is already existing.

If your beard does not have moisture there is no point in using Vaseline. But rather invest in a beard oil that has argan, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba, or coconut oil

Is beard oil better than lotion? Yes, beard oils are better than lotion. They are specifically made to take care of your beard, they are loaded with numerous natural ingredients designed to moisturize, condition, and nourish your beard.

On the other hand lotion products contain ingredients such as paraben and sulfates that harm your beard.

Can I use body lotion for beard growth? No, beard lotion cannot be used for facial hair growth at all. The growth of the beard is influenced by genes and your body’s levels of testosterone.

Is lotion good for your beard? The lotion is only good for your beard if it is made of beard-friendly natural oils such as coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, or argan oil, a lotion made of anti-androgenic oils such as rosemary and tea tree is not good for your beard.

Does lotion help beard growth? Unfortunately, body or face lotion can’t help with beard growth. However, Minoxidil can help with beard growth even among men who can’t naturally grow a beard.

Does lotion prevent beard growth? Unless you are using a lotion with anti-androgenic oils such as rosemary oil, or cream that has DHT blockers, the lotion should not prevent you from growing a beard.

What to Look for in a Body Lotion


There are several different types of moisturizing ingredients out there, but according to board-certified dermatologist and founder of Eternal Dermatology in Fulton, MD, Dr. Ife Rodney, humectants are the best ones to seek out in a body lotion. They attract moisture to and seal it in the skin but are still lightweight and don’t feel heavy on the skin. Some of her favorites to look for include hyaluronic acid and glycerin.


If your skin is super dry, it’s not a bad idea to seek out a lotion that contains gentle chemical exfoliants, such as urea and/or alpha-hydroxy acids, advises Rodney.


Okay, not necessarily a must, but, “particularly for the summer months, it’s a great perk if your body lotion contains SPF. Your body needs sun protection, too, so why not kill two birds with one stone?” says Rodney.

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  • Can you put body lotion on your face?

    “Body lotions are usually thicker than face moisturizers and contain ingredients that are focused on driving as much moisture into the skin as possible. These thick lotions are too heavy for your face; especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin, constantly using body lotion could clog your pores and might be the reason you’re breaking out,” says Rodney.

  • Does body lotion expire?

    “If it’s stored properly, away from heat and sunlight, it can last up to a few years. But eventually, it may become less effective, and you may notice things like separation or a color change,” says Rodney.

  • What’s the difference between body cream and body lotion?

    Creams have higher concentrations of hydrating ingredients and are thicker and richer, whereas lotions have higher amounts of water and are much lighter, Rodney explains. Which one you choose is a matter of personal preference, but generally speaking, you may want to consider lotions in the summer and creams in the winter.

Body lotion: how to use

How to use body lotion for specific areas

Parts of the body, such as your elbows, hands, knees and neck, are prone to dryness more than others and may demand extra attention. To help soothe and soften very dry areas, you might like to apply body lotion to those areas throughout the day as well as after your bath or shower. 

  • As you will likely be applying lotion to these targeted areas on dry, cool skin, try massaging the areas gently first to warm it up a little before applying the lotion. This will ensure the area absorbs the body lotion’s benefits.
  • You can use your usual body lotion on these areas, or perhaps opt for one that delivers a bigger hydration hit or absorbs quickly. Perhaps you like a scented all-over body lotion but prefer a neutral smell for top-ups. 
  • The iconic NIVEA Creme is perfect for spot-treating problem areas. Small enough to slip into a bag and rich in water retaining glycerin and skin-protecting Eucerit, its decades-long appeal is testament to its hydration-locking brilliance. 

What Will Happen If You Apply Body Lotion To Your Face?

Well, if you are in a pinch and have to make do with a body lotion on your face –  sure, you can go ahead. But try not to make it a habit. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you should keep your body lotion where it belongs. Your facial skin cannot absorb the thick formula of the body lotion. As a result, it can stay on your face, irritate it, and clog the pores.

Using thick body lotions around the delicate and fragile skin under your eyes can prove more detrimental than skipping a moisturizer altogether. These lotions can clog the pores, leading to milia – small white cysts common around the eyes.

Be cautious while using a body lotion on the face if you have inflammatory conditions like psoriasis or eczema. The skin is often less elastic and firm, and you may end up worsening the condition.