Before we jump into the different types of lotions that are used in skincare lets first give a brief of what is a ‘lotion’. Any oil mixed in water or a substance like a powder dissolved in water is called a lotion. Body lotions are those lotions that one applies to their body after a bath or during a massage or before going to bed. As a lotion is thinner then a cream it can be applied to a wider area of the body and also to parts of the body that have hair on them like on the scalp. Click for continue.