Sometimes it can be difficult to find personal care products that do not irritate your skin. Moisturisers can actually help calm your skin but it is important to select the right products. There is a huge array out there. And they come as body lotion, body cream and body moisturiser, so it is natural to be unsure which to choose. Here we will describe a little about why you might need to moisturise your body and what to consider when selecting a moisturiser for sensitive skin.



Moisturisers work by stopping your skin from losing water, or helping your skin hold water. Body moisturisers come in different forms which include:

  • Oils - bath oil leaves a thin layer of oil on your skin when get out of the water.
  • Lotions - lotions also put a layer of oil on the surface of your skin but are better at reducing the amount of water you lose from the top layer of your skin compared to oils.
  • Creams – these are even more effective than lotions. Thicker barrier creams are particularly useful if you have eczema on your hands.
  • Ointments - these are the most effective of all at stopping water loss, and include pure oil preparations such as equal parts of white soft and liquid paraffin or petroleum jelly.


Physiogel moisturising creams and lotions, containing Physiogel BioMimic Technology, work to soothe, help repair and restore the skins natural moisture barrier.

Physiogel BioMimic Technology contains lipids similar to those found naturally in your skin. The ingredients in Physiogel BioMimic Technology mimic the skin’s natural structure to repair the moisture barrier, restoring the hydration your skin needs to stay strong and visibly healthy.

Physiogel moisturising creams and lotions contain pure and gentle ingredients. They’re free from fragrances and colourants, making them suitable for even very dry and sensitive skin.

If you have dry and sensitive skin, take a look at the Physiogel body range to find out more about how to keep your skin visibly healthy and hydrated.


Which product is best for you will depend on which part of your body you wish to moisturise and how dry it is.

  • Lotions are best for mild dry skin everywhere.
  • Creams are best if you want to provide more intense treatment than a lotion can provide.
  • If you have really dry, scaly skin then an ointment might be a good choice but people often find them too greasy.
  • If you have sensitive skin, you might find it best to use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion. Ointments and creams are generally less irritating than lotions but it depends on the product.