Yeah, You Should Probably Be Adding a Body Oil to Your Skincare Routine
Especially if you have chronically dry skin.
Anyone who deals with dry skin knows it's not always easy to find a solution. Sure, there are a number of lotions out there, but not all of them last all day. Some are a little too heavy and others can be pricey.
That's why you should think about adding a body oil to your skincare routine. Not only do they feel luxurious after a long bath or steamy shower, but an oil can help smooth and nourish skin.
"Oils can help to both hydrate and soften the skin," says Dr. Shari Marchbein, board-certified dermatologist and Unilever skincare ambassador. "They can be used for all skin types and can be used alone or in combination with a moisturizing cream." However, the MD mainly recommends the latter for those with extremely dry or sensitive skin.
And even if you are someone who experiences breakouts beyond your face, don't believe the hype: oils can still be very beneficial for your skin. "Certain oils, including argan oil and jojoba oil, simulate sebum, so are good for even those with acne-prone skin."
When it comes to proper application, you technically can rub on an oil once your skin has dried, however, the derm says it best to apply one while the skin is damp. "As with all moisturizers, I typically recommend applying within 60 seconds of coming out of the shower in order to seal in moisture," she explains.
The final plus? Body oils can be used year-round and they are a great alternative to heavy creams in the summer when you want soft, smooth skin and a full body glow without the heaviness — just don't forget to layer at least SPF 30 on top.
Ahead, six of our favorite clean body oils to add to your routine.
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Osea Undaria Algae Oil
Perfect for after your morning shower, this oil's vibrant notes of citrus are sure to put a pep in your step as you walk out the bathroom to start your day. This ultra-concentrated formula featuring seaweed, acai, babassu, and passion fruit not only ensures that a little goes a long way, but also that your skin will remain deeply hydrated and supple all day long.
To shop: $48; credobeauty.com
54 Thrones Minona Luxury Body Oil
This divine body oil features Egyptian jojoba, Ghanaian baobab oil, Nigerian moringa, and Moroccan rosehip and argan oil to leave you with an all-over glow and beautifully soft skin. The packaging is also fully reusable and recyclable. Plus, it's made from ultra-violet miron glass to help block out light, so the oil stays potent until the last drop.
To shop: $48; 54thrones.com
Itiba Carib Lime Hair & Body Serum
This blend of almond and avocado oils, handmade on the gorgeous island of St. Croix, encompasses the beauty of the West Indies with every single drop. The natural scents of Caribbean lime and lemongrass are so heavenly, you'll be more than happy this serum can be used both on the body and hair.
To shop: $20; itibabeauty.com
Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Oil
"Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Oil is one of my favorite body oils," says Dr. Marchbein. "It combines both mineral oil, which is highly purified cosmetic grade, and cocoa butter, an excellent emollient, to hydrate and smooth the skin."
To shop: $7; target.com
Alo Head-to-Toe Glow Oil
Featuring vitamin C-rich amla, turmeric, marula oil and avocado oil, this blend is a skincare treatment and moisturizer all in one. Suitable for all skin types, use it on your body, face, and hair after your next shower.
To shop: $48; nordstrom.com
Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Oil
Noni is a superfood that contains over 100 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants — it's also the star ingredient in this luxurious product. Rosehip and sunflower seed oil round out the formula by adding sun damage correction and moisture retention benefits.
To shop: $58; sephora.com
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