August 20, 2022 5 min read


 After you get a good quality body lotion formulated for your skin type, you need to know how much you will use on each body part. A good lotion will calm your skin, moisturize it and make it soft. For better results, avoid applying lotion on dry skin. The best time to apply lotion is after a shower or to wet the body. There is no specific amount of oil to be applied to the body. The amount varies due to different reasons. Sometimes you need to apply a small amount of lotion, and sometimes more lotion is needed. This article will guide you on the amount of lotion to use.

Factors Affecting How Much CBD to Apply

Skin Type

Brotton& Cole (2009) suggested that some people have dry skin while others have relatively oily skin. For dry skin, you need to use more lotion on your skin. If you have oily skin, apply a small amount of lotion. Too much lotion can make your skin oilier. Narda et al. (2019) advised for oily skin; you can use water-based moisturizer; they are absorbed faster.

Body Size

For big-bodied people, use more lotion. People with small-sized bodies might use less lotion.

Ingredients in the product.

Some ingredients can be harsh on the skin. They are only supposed to be used in small quantities. Body lotions with such harsh ingredients should be applied sparingly. Some lotions are made with very mild ingredients. You need to apply more to be effective on your skin.

The Area You Are Applying the Lotion

Body lotions can be applied to various body parts such as legs, neck, feet, arms, hands, and the trunk. These body parts are different in size. They are also exposed to different environmental conditions. Therefore, they need a different amount of lotion. Let us discuss each part at a time.


The skin on the feet is much thicker than other body parts, such as the arms. We use our feet to soften, which is why the skin around them must be tough and strong. To make this skin soft and moisturized, you need a relatively high amount of lotion.


 The skin around the arms is not as thick as the one in the feet. Therefore, you should apply a moderate amount of lotion. However, ensure you apply enough as the skin in the arms might be dry.


Hands can consume a high amount of lotion. We keep on applying hand lotion each time we wash our hands. However, you can not apply many lotions on this body part as you need to hold things such as your phone and car keys. Apply just a little amount when need be.


Neck. The skin around the neck is a bit delicate, sensitive, and soft. It is also less thick than the feet, and it does not need a lot of lotion. It does not need a lot of lotion .to moisturize and keep it soft. When applying lotion, do not forget the back of the neck.

The trunk

This is the biggest part of our body. It includes the area from the neck all down to the waist. The skin around this area is relatively soft and thin. You do not need to apply too much lotion to keep it moisturized.

Types of Lotions

Szakiel (2012) noted that lotions come in three different types. These types depend on the container they are packed in. These types are:

Squeeze Tube Lotion

They are packed in a soft container where you need to squeeze lightly for the lotion to come out. When squeezing, you should be gentle as you might squeeze excess lotion; once the lotion is out, it is almost impossible to return it to the tube.

Pump Bottle Lotion

This lotion is packed in a simple bottle with a simple pump. Hand lotions are mostly packed in such bottles. The pump might pump out too much or little lotion. However, handling the pump carefully can serve you well until the lotion is over.

Bottle with Lid

This is the best type. You can control the amount coming out from the bottle. You can still put it back if you squeeze out more than enough. Unlike pumps and squeeze tubes, you can also get the last drop out of the bottle using your fingers. However, it would help if you were careful when using these bottles as they are prone to spilling.

How Many Times Should You Lotion Your Body?

The answer to this question is when need be. There is no limited number of times you should lotion your body. You can do it as many times as possible if you must. Some parts of the body's hands need lotion more often. You might feel dry each time you wash your hands, which can only get better if you use lotion. Other parts such as the neck and trunk might only need lotion once a day.

How to Apply Body Lotion

According to Omengue et al. (2018), start by rubbing a small amount of lotion and add until you feel moisturized enough. If you use too much at a time, it might become very greasy and take along to be absorbed by the skin. If your skin becomes dry a few hours after applying lotion, try another type of lotion. Before buying body lotions, consult a skin specialist to guide you accordingly.


How much lotion you should use depends on different factors. Some body parts need more lotion than others to stay soft and moisturized. The ingredients used in a lotion might be harsh to the skin if used in a large amount. When applying lotion on your skin, rub a small amount of lotion, first adding gradually until your skin is fully moisturized.


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