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How to Make Lotion 100 Times Better

Make lotion better? I know what you're thinking: "Oh, but how could lotion ever become better than it already is? Why, it's already at the zenith of moisturizing properties!" In just a minute, you'll understand. About a week ago, I headed to Bliss for a pedicure. What a treat! The best part isn't the luxury of sitting back while somebody rubs your feet; it's how that person does it. And at Bliss, they heat the lotion before slathering it on your worn-out feet and legs. Let me tell you, it's one of the most amazing feelings your legs will ever experience. So warm, so soothing.

Now, until Milo learns how to give a proper pedicure, I'm on my own as far as re-creating this warm goodness at home. I fiddled around with the microwave and different containers, so to find out the sweet spot for heating your moisturizer,


Here's how to make the magic happen. First, find a small microwave-safe bowl. I used these bowls, a gift from Geek, but a nonmetallic shot glass would work, too. Put just a tiny bit of your moisturizer in the container and microwave it for 10 seconds. If all goes well, your lotion will be intact. If the oils separate, use a different one. (I first tried Kai, but the formula separated. I used Bliss body butter and all went well.) When you're sure that your moisturizer can handle the heat, squirt a little more in the container, then let 'er heat for 10 to 15 seconds. The lotion should be warm but not hot. Apply it to your skin and enjoy the sensation. Seriously, this is such a simple trick, but it transforms even the most quotidian thing into a little luxury. If you try it out, let me know what you think.


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Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 4 years
 @Amber2946513 I wouldn't do it with sunscreen.
Amber2946513 Amber2946513 4 years
does this trick applies to sunscreen too..?let say im about to heat aveeno daily moisturizing lotion to melt down the zinc oxide init..
TFS TFS 9 years
i did this with my creme de la mer...what a bad idea that was. 160 pounds down the drain lol.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
just pure genius Bella.. I'm going to try this tonight after a long day in work with heals..... sounds soothing
Bee333 Bee333 9 years
Only warm what you need. Lotion breaks down in heat!
pinkmermaid23 pinkmermaid23 9 years
wow! Never would have thought about it? Is there a trick to knowing which ones will seperate? I use Origins because of my super sensitive skin. I guess I'll just have to try it out and see.
Thiv04 Thiv04 9 years
I love Bliss...who thought it could be even better.
Atiyah Atiyah 9 years
I usually fill my sink hot water put the lotion in there while showering and when I get out I have nice warm lotion.
lms lms 9 years
Like PJ i got one as a gift. It is an okay concept if you like the liquid type lotions. I actually prefer the body butters and they can't go into the dispenser.
CoronaLove CoronaLove 9 years
I'm trying this with St. Ives Collagen Elastin Lotion but it thins out after I warm it up. Not sure if its supposed to do that or if I should try a different lotion.
CoronaLove CoronaLove 9 years
Can anybody tell me if the lotion is supposed to come out thinner after you warm it up? Or is the lotion supposed to stay the same consistency after you warm it up? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 9 years
can't wait to try this!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
yes Bella... def. a Why Didn't I Think of That?!?! question! Wow... thanks for the idea! I can't believe it never crossed my mind how brilliant this is!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
No need to go through all of that trouble, if you have a lotion warmer. You can keep it in your bathroom & turn it on when you need it. It only takes 60 seconds to heat mine. My girlfriend bought me one four years ago. I thought she was nuts, but I love it & I've used it every winter since. It is made by Conair.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
u r a genius.
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 9 years
this is such a good idea, but i always put my lotion on right out of the shower too. i'll have to try running it under the water or putting it in the sink double-boiler style before i put it on!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
MMMM I am gunna try this tip out :D
gaelgirl gaelgirl 9 years
or you could do a sort of double boiler thing. ya know, stick the bottle of lotion in the sink w/ hot water. that way, it wouldn't get too hot.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I think it feels a lot better when someone else is rubbing it in. I love pedicures.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
If you just want warm lotion after a shower, just keep the tube in the shower with you, or run hot water in the sink right on the bottle/tube. I have to do this with my pure cocoa butter. I am pregnant and heard it's very good at keeping stretchmarks (it worked with my first pregnancy) at bay, but unfortunately pure cocoa butter is solid at room temp, so I have to warm it.
Argiggle Argiggle 9 years
Make it 100x more natural and use olive oil or jojoba oil. No ingredients you can't pronounce.
emalove emalove 9 years
Great idea!!
Skinny1 Skinny1 9 years
I always heat up lotion in my hands before applying. But this could come in handy too ;)
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Bookish, yep, I bet you could do that — just MacGyver a bain marie.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
Actually, it just occurred to me- I suppose you could heat the lotion up in the microwave, stick the little bowl of warm lotion into a larger bowl filled with hot water so it would stay warm during the shower- right? I'm going to have to try that and see if it works.
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