Body cream gets all the love on our self-care shopping lists – but you should invest in a high-quality body oil, too!
We know the benefits of bath soaks, masks, and body creams for self-pampering, and a body oil can perfectly round out your home spa experience. Specific oils can help alleviate dryness, soften rough edges and most importantly, nourish the skin barrier.
Sceptical about what a body oil can do for you? We’re covering why oils benefit the skin, the best times to use an oil, and naming the best oils across the board. Get ready to double down on maximum moisture!
Body Lotion Vs. Body Oil
A body oil is simply an oil that you can use on and below your neck. They can range anywhere from inexpensive mineral oils to more luxurious (and higher quality) plant oils. Ideally, a body oil should sink into the skin and not leave you feeling greasy. They’re often not much different from facial oils, though certain body oils might be too greasy or heavy for the face.
PRO TIP: One of the best face-body oil hybrids we know is Argan oil – it’s a perfect starter oil for any skin type.
If you’re wondering how a body oil is different from a lotion, the answer lies in its fatty content. Oils contain several types of fatty acids. Some of the most important among them are linoleic and oleic acids; these fatty acids are also known as omega-6 and omega-9. They’re important for protecting our skin barrier, since they play a role in helping us fight off sun damage and skin ageing.
Skin lotions, on the other hand, tend to contain humectants. Humectants bring moisture to our skin, which is important for healthy skin barrier function. The downside is that not all body creams contain the essential fatty acids that oils do. Low-quality body lotions are often lighter than oils, and depending on the formula can evaporate from the skin more quickly.