My first experience with body oil was a disaster: Not only did I slip on the tub floor, fall and give my elbow a bruise that took two weeks to disappear, I also stained the shirt and the jeans I pulled on after slathering on three times more oil than I needed. That warm welcome into the body-oil realm made me steer clear of the liquid for a couple of years, content to hydrate my thirsty limbs with lotion instead.
It was only a year ago that I decided to forget my first foray and again attempt to fall in love with oil as a body moisturizer. What could have possibly compelled me to venture into an arena where both my life and my clothes were in danger? Let me explain.
- Body oils can hydrate your skin better than lotions. Because oils protect the skin’s lipid barrier, they’re better at preventing water from evaporating from your skin. Many natural oils, like jojoba, are closer to the skin’s natural sebum structure, which allows them to be absorbed more easily, helping to balance your epidermis’ oil production, and prevent dry spots and flakiness. Since adding body oils into my routine, I’ve noticed that my skin is firmer and less likely to be itchy from dryness—and I only have to apply my oils twice a week, instead of daily, like with my lotion habit.
- Body oils are less likely to have fillers. I don’t mean to rag on lotions all together, but often, the creamy texture of a lotion requires extra preservatives and fillers to maintain. Yes, some body oils contain preservatives as well, but those aren’t the kind I’m talking about here. What you want to look for is just want you want to look for in your facial oils: organic, with no fillers and suited to your skin type.
- Your body deserves to be treated with as much care and love as your face. Yes, your face is usually the first thing people see and it’s almost always the first thing we think of when we think of preventing wrinkles, pigmentation, blemishes and dryness. But your body can show signs of aging too. Your neck and décolletage can especially be culprits in revealing age. By taking care of your body with the same nutrient-rich plant oils that you treat your face to, you’ll help reduce signs of aging and have healthier skin overall.
All three of those reasons contribute to why I’ve loved using the Organic Bath Co. body oils. OBC believes in treating your body with the same respect and quality that your face gets. They practice what they preach by infusing their jojoba oil with green tea leaves, which contain antioxidants that fight free radical damage as they replenish and hydrate. The Stress Less Organic Body Oil is my current favorite, for its Bulgarian lavender scent. It’s perfect for a pre-bedtime self massage.
Another thing I’ve learned as I made the switch to body oil is that it applies way better when your skin is slightly damp. This is something I wish someone would have told me initially, as I could have declared my love for body oils sooner. When I first tried them, I applied my body oil like I applied my lotion: On bone-dry skin, with a huge, cherry-sized amount. That, I know now, was wrong.
Body oils go further than body lotions. You only need a small, dime-sized drop to cover both your arms, your entire midsection or one of your legs. Now, if you try to slather that small amount on dry skin, you’ll find yourself wanting, and you’ll be left with slightly greasy limbs. Instead, apply your oil right out of the shower or tub, before you’ve towel dried. This helps the oil absorb and helps seal the moisture into your skin. It leaves you feeling silky and smooth instead of greasy and sticky.
Still wondering if body oils are for you? I’d say to give them a try before you rule them out. They may take a little effort to get used to, but the benefits you’ll reap are well worth the adjustment!