If you find that you pile on lotion but your skin never really feels properly hydrated, it’s time to embrace body oils
By Rebecca Fearn.
Having dry skin is certainly no fun. Scaly, itchy and flaky skin on your body can cause havoc on the feel and look of your body, and can affect your self esteem, too. While body moisturisers often do the job, a body oil feels super luxurious and can deeply nourish in a way lotions sometimes can’t. There’s nothing better than having a warm shower before bed, then applying the best body oil afterwards onto slightly damp skin to lock in moisture.
The best thing about body oils is the amount of choice there is. There’s a body oil for all budgets, from high street buys like the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturising Body Oil to high end luxury buys such as Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Body Oil. Similarly, there’s something for all tastes as no matter which fragrances you prefer, there will be a body oil to suit your taste. Love rose? Ren’s Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra Moisturising Body Oil is irresistibly floral. A sucker for almond-scented products? L’Occitane’s Almond Supple Skin Oil is a divine option.
Body oils are also incredibly versatile. Not only are they the perfect formula for massaging into skin, they’re also great for targeting particularly dry or problem areas. Take for example your knees and elbows: two areas that need extra moisture. You can also avoid buying extra products like cuticle oil as your body oil can double up as a great product for hands and nails that need some tender loving care.
If you’re a big fan of oil formulas, why not opt for a facial oil, too? There’s a face oil for all skin types and needs.
If you find body oils are just not for you, do not forgo moisturising your body. Instead of an oil, pick up a body lotion or velvety rich cream.
Keep scrolling for the best selection of body oils…
This body oil is set to become just as favoured as Sarah Chapman's Overnight Facial. It helps improve skin elasticity, firmness, uneven tone and texture by combining lightweight oils such as argan, camellia flower, baobab, sacha inci and vitamins A, C and E with a highly concentrated blend of Matrixyl peptide, Collageneer, Juvinity and guarana.
The most delicious smelling body oil, this floods the skin with moisture and leaves a long-lasting scent.
Formulated with pure Cocoa Butter and enriched with Vitamin E, this body oil not only softens and hydrates dry skin, it also soothes irritated skin.
Rose otto is one of the most sought after essential oils because of its healing, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, soothing and relaxing properties, making this one of the best body oils on the market right now.
Inspired by the best selling fragrance, this body oil is decadence at its best. Not only does the lightweight oil smell incredible, it also helps condition the skin with the signature Mediterranean based blend of olive fruit oil, grape seed oil and date seed extract.
If you're a big fan of L'Occitane's iconic almond shower oil, double up and pick up this dry body oil for afterwards.
This lightweight, all natural body oil is made with sweet almond and lemon oils and vitamin E, making it especially good for your body during pregnancy.
If you want something that combines naturally derived ingredients with scientific expertise, this one if for you. Its enriched with Frankincense essential oil, camillia, sweet almond oil and plum kernel oils to leave you skin feeling soft and protected.
For those who adore Kiehl's bestselling Creme De Corps cream, this oil is a lovely alternative to mix things up a little.
Clinique are one of our first choices when it comes to skincare, and this body oil is no exception.
Featuring softening macadamia oil and salicylic acid, this hardworking formula is more than a traditional body oil, perfect for extra dry skin.
Not only does this smell great and contain French sea kelp to keep skin supple, it also LOOKS amazing in your bathroom.
As millennial as body oils get, this rose gold formula is super luxe at an affordable price.