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How to Choose the Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Choosing the best moisturizer for dry skin is no easy task, especially when you have so many choices. You may ask, "Which one is best for my skin needs?" "Does my skin need a thick and rich cream or a light, absorbent mist?" "Which is better for me, a water-based moisturizer or an oil-based moisturizer?"

The possibilities can seem almost endless, which is why Castle Baths is pleased to offer you this helpful guide to our body moisturizers, and choosing the best moisturizer for dry skin.

Natural Moisturizers vs Synthetic

When trying to choose the best moisturizer for dry skin,  you likely already know that you should always choose natural moisturizers over synthetic ones. Synthetic moisturizers contain water mixed with numerous chemicals that wil onlly further dry out and possibly even damage your skin. Many commerical synthetic lotions contain far too little quantities of moisturizing ingredients to be effective. If you wish to learn more about the benefits of natural moisturizers over synthetic, chemical-based bath and body products, please visit our Product Ingredients page.

Castle Baths offers five types of natural body moisturizers: body mist, body lotion mist, hand and body lotion, body butter, and body oil aka massage oil. The chart below provides detailed information on each of our body moisturizers to help you decide which one(s) you need.

body moisturizers

Body Mistbody mist

A quick spritz with our body mist is great for helping your body soak up and retain the moisture in the air after you get out of the tub or shower, and will leave your skin soft, silky smooth, and scented in one of our exciting aromatherapy blends. It is the lightest non-oil-based moisturizer we offer, and owes its moisturizing abilities to the presence of natural glycerin in its formulation. Natural glycerin is a humectant and helps pull mositure from the air to assist in mosituring dyhydrated skin. It is one of the best ingredients you can use for dry skin to help prevent premature aging.

If you're looking for an unscented body mist, you can use:

Body Lotion Mistbody lotion mist

Our body lotion mist is much like our regular body mist, except it contains two added ingredients (Cold Pressed Rice Bran Oil and Unrefined Shea Butter) to help your skin retain it's natural oil as well as soak up and retain moisture. While somewhat richer than our regular body mist, it still is quite light and will absorb into your skin fast. It is great for continual moisturizing throughout the day, and is available in a convenient 6oz size so you can take it with you wherever you go. Like our regular body mist, it also has aromatherapy benefits and will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and scented in the aromatherapy blend of your choice. Even sweeter, it comes in a spray for easy smooth apllication.

The added Cold Pressed Rice Bran Oil is what makes our lotion mist able to be so easily absorbed into your skin. It also has anti aging properties that have been a secret of Japanese women for years. To learn more about the skin care benefits of Rice Bran Oil, please visit our Rice Bran Oil for Skin page.


Hand and Body Lotionhand body lotion

Our hand and body lotion has a rich, creamy feel when applied to your skin, yet it is non-greasy. It will remain on the outer layers of your skin rather than sink into the deeper layers, thus protecting your skin from the dryness that can occur as a result of the elements (such as wind chill or sunburn.) It is made with a full 20% of Unrefined Shea Butter (the required amount to impart any of Shea Butter’s natural moisturizing abilities to your skin and approximately 900% more Shea Butter than is typically found in the lotions you see in retail stores, as most cheap, synthetic moisturizers only contain 1-2% Shea Butter.) Like our lotion mist, our hand and body lotion will help replenish your skin’s oil as well as moisture, making it ideal for use throughout the day.

Though you may find you need to use it significantly less frequently than our lotion mist, as our hand and body lotion delivers much longer lasting moisture. This lotion actually asborbs quicker than one would expect considering the protection barrier it gives your skin. This great benefit is due to  cold press rice bran oil's ability to feed skin with exactly the nutrients your skin is craving.

An added bonus to this hand and body lotion: Certified Organic Shea Butter. Certified Organic Shea Butter is packed full of vitamins. It's like a multi-vitamin for your skin, which is why we include it in our Hand and Body Lotion.

Body Butterbody butter

This is one of owner Laura's favorites! When you want something you can apply to your skin once, and have all-day moisture without the need to re-apply, body butter is the way to go. It is made with a minimum of 50% whipped unrefined Shea Butter (more than twice the amount found in our other body moisturizers and exponentially more than found in cheap, synthetic moisturizers in retail stores.) We even offer 100% pure Unrefined Shea Body Butter!

The only two body butters that do not contain Shea Butter are our 100% pure Mango Butter, and our 100% pure Cocoa Butter, both of which deliver equal if not superior moisturizing benefits to your skin as our butters containing Shea Butter.

Our body butters are also great for spending time outdoors, either in the winter or summer, as they will protect your skin from dryness due to wind chill or sunburn. In fact, Shea Butter and Mango Butter both can act as a natural shield against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If you love the smooth benefits of the body butter, reapply as often as desired- you skin will thank you!

If you are looking for smooth beautiful legs, and an all over soft silky feel to your skin - body butter is the number one choice for you!

Body Oil a.k.a. Massage Oilmassage oil

Now here is a surprise for you. Use our incredible fast absorbing massage oil in place of hand and body lotion for both dry and dyhated skin. You will be astonished at how quickly and instantly our massge oil is asborbed. Packed full of vitimins, it is the perscription for which your skin is begging. Our massage oils work as excellent moisturizers when used as body oil. They are completely oil-based (being made from Cold Pressed Rice Bran Oil and aromatherapy Essential Oils), which makes them ideal for people with genetically dry skin (which lacks oil) or for people with severely dehydrated skin. Light, non-greasy, and super-fast absorbing, our body oils will not disappoint when it comes to keeping your skin silky smooth and refreshed. They are great for giving massages too!

We also offer several unscented body oils, to include:

body oils

Choosing the best moisturizer for dry skin doesn't have to be difficult when you shop with Castle Baths!