Using a Ton of Body Butter, But Still Feel Dry?
Haha! This is the song of many of us out here is these, searching-for-moisture, streets!
Many times we can't understand, no matter how much product we use, why we cannot retain moisture. The key is in a few factors. Some reasons include, using antihistamines that contain decongestants (any allergy pill with -D at the end), not drinking enough water, and lack of (or inconsistent) exfoliation.
Exfoliation allows the skin to open up and receive the moisture you're applying to it. The sloughing of the dead skin cells increases, and improves cellular turnover, thus making room for fresh skin cells and their ability to hold onto that water. Your body butter just seals that water in. This is why antihistamines with decongestants can increase the dryness of the skin, they just suck the moisture right out of you. DEHYDRATION.
Moisture comes from water.. you cannot moisturize without it. This is what makes body butters that contain water so beneficial. The combination of oil and water on slightly damp skin make for an amazingly hydrated feeling. If you use a butter that doesn't contain water, the best way to apply is fresh out of the shower while your skin is damp (after you've exfoliated) to seal in the water your skin is searching for.
Let me know if you have any questions!