A few years ago, I was mindlessly walking through a health food store, just enjoying the air conditioning and mid-90s playlist, when a $10 bottle of jojoba oil caught my eye. . Without thinking too much, I bought it and started using it on my face and body after the shower.
Within a week, my skin looked noticeably happier. It felt hydrated and dewy, not dull and dry, and felt really soft to the touch. (Paige Yang, a licensed acupuncturist with a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, said jojoba oil is the most similar to the oils our bodies naturally produce, making it compatible with most skin types. and able to work gently with your body to keep your skin hydrated.) I was so excited about finding my grocery store that I started researching other body oils.
Like most skincare, there are a million types of body oils and they vary in price and general use. While some (like jojoba) can be used on hair and nails in addition to your face and body, others are meant for your skin only. And unlike traditional lotions or moisturizers, which often contain other additives, body oils are concentrated. (It’s also very luxurious to slather on oil as part of your skincare routine.)
If you’re looking for a simple, minimalist and user-friendly addition to your skincare routine, it might be time to make the switch to body oil. Whether you’re a jojoba purist like me or looking for something with scents, shimmers, or even SPF, we’ve rounded up the most popular body oils to keep your skin hydrated.
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Cliganic Organic Jojoba Oil
Pure Moroccan Argan Oil
Athr Beauty Desert face and body illuminating oil
Osea undaria seaweed body oil
Ellis Brooklyn Myth Scented Body Oil
Cay Skin Isle Body Oil with SPF 30
L’Occitane Supple Skin Oil Almond
Maude body and bath oil
Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Glow Body Oil
La Mer The Renewal Body Oil-Balm