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How and why to apply lotion to the back: Bearback in MedicalNewsToday

Applying moisturizer to the back can prove tricky. To help apply moisturizer to hard-to-reach areas on the back, a person can use their forearms, an applicator, or ask for help from a family member or friend.

Some people use moisturizers as part of their daily skin care routine. Others use creams and lotions to combat the symptoms of sensitivity or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

Whatever the reason, these tips and techniques demonstrate how to reach awkward places on the body that may otherwise prove difficult to moisturize.

This article will explain why a person needs to moisturize their back and the best ways of applying it. We will also suggest what to look for when choosing a suitable moisturizer.

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It is a protective barrier between the body and the outside world. Skin also protects the body from environmental hazards, such as pollutants and bacteria.

Itching, burning, and stinging sensations may be signs of skin sensitivity, according to a 2017 review of studiesTrusted Source. People may also report that their skin feels tight and uncomfortable. Researchers say that moisturizers can reduce these signs of dryness and leave the skin feeling smoother and more elastic.

Additionally, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) warns that hot water can strip the natural oils out of the skin, which can lead to dryness. They recommend keeping showers and baths short, ideally between 5–10 minutes, with the temperature warm instead of hot.

The AAD also recommends applying moisturizer to damp skin immediately after bathing, ideally within the first 3 minutes.

A popular lotion-applicator design looks more like a mini paint roller than a bathroom accessory and works similarly. A person puts moisturizer on the roller and wipes it across their back.  An example of this is the Bearback Lotion Applicator.

Read the full article:  How and Why to Apply Lotion to Your Back