Consider Oil and Lotion

I must say, choosing a lotion in a store or beauty supply nowadays is not an easy task. There are so many lotions to choose from, it seems to be out of control. Personally, during my youth my mother would buy a large bottle of lotion by Vaseline brand, but after an hour my skin would be dry and ashy again. Although lotion provides the following benefits you should also consider applying oil to help retain moisture and keep the skin hydrated.

  • Deeply moisturizes to heal dry skin.
  • Keeps skin healed for weeks.
  • Leaves skin stronger and noticeably healthier.
  • Absorbs fast for a non-greasy feel.


Lotions have the benefit of containing a number of beneficial ingredients such as aloe vera, vitamin E, vitamin D, shea butter, and keratin.


Oils are usually applied right after a shower or bath, while skin is still a little damp. This allows for quicker and deeper penetration into the skin. Oils are a concentrated form of moisture instead of using a lotion that has other artificial ingredients. Oils lock in moisture and help protect the skin against environmental effects and they deliver a potent dose of nutrients.

Here are some great oils to consider:

  • Jojoba
  • Almond
  • Argan
  • Sea Berry
  • Rose Hip


Consider layering the oil and moisturizer; the main challenge with using body oils however, is that they do leave an oilier residue compared to a moisturizer. Some people will be worried about leaving oily stains on clothing or bed sheets. What you can do on some days is to apply a layer of body oil and then top it with another coat of moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. I consider this a body treatment and it’s effective in keeping your skin smooth and moisturized. Keep up the good work!

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Dwayne Thompson, aka “The Barber Ambassador,” is the CEO of The Fade Club LLC, a marketing and promotions company designed to grow the barbering industry through education and brand management. He wears many hats as the founder of The Barber Academy Tour, creator of “The Barbettes,” a term designed to promote female barbers, and the former host of Against the Grain Radio show, the first barber related radio show on Blog Talk Radio. He is a dynamic writer, educator, product broker, consultant and social media expert. He has held several Executive positions with a former barbershop publication and a national health outreach program. Mr. Thompson is also the Founder and Publisher of Tonsorial Times Magazine, “The Official Barbershop Trade Publication” focused on highlighting products, franchises, schools and educators directly connected to the barbering industry. For more information, visit