If previous experience of sticky or greasy body oils have deterred you from giving them a second chance in your body care routine, take this as your cue to try again.
While moisturisers have established their position as our first line of defence against tight-feeling skin, the popularity of the body oil is on the rise, and we agree it’s about time. Lightweight, quick-drying oils have replaced the cloying versions of old, instead taking inspiration from botanical ingredients and swapping gourmand scents with refreshing herbal and floral accords.
“Oils can be used as an emollient, a type of moisturiser that helps to prevent free water loss from the skin, essentially sealing in moisture,” says skin expert and founder of Adonia Medical Clinic Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme. ‘These are best for dry skin types. If you have an oiler skin type avoid the chest, back and shoulders as these body areas are most associated with blemishes.’
To ensure your skin barrier is getting the most out of your body oil, apply post-shower when still damp to lock in hydration, or after your body lotion to prevent the moisture evaporating.
So whether you’re looking for an efficient and nourishing oil to slot into your morning routine, or an indulgent investment for those treasured moments of self-care, here find Bazaar’s edit of the very best luxury body oils.
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The Body Oil
Formulated with Augustinus Bader’s renowned TFC8, a patented technology made up of adaptive ingredients that was over 30 years in the making, The Body Oil harnesses the power of science and nature with a blend of nutrient-rich oils, including squalene and olive fruit, leaving the skin glowingly transformed and protected.
Revitalizing Body Oil
If you thought body oils were only here to help combat dryness, think again. The Revitalizing Body Oil from Tata Harper is brimming with skin-rejuvenating ingredients, including apricot kernel oil and calendula flower extract, to help boost the skin with a more youthful appearance. A perfect addition to your post-shower morning routine, the invigorating scent of this oil will follow you throughout your day.
Satin Oil for Body and Hair
When the colder weather starts to ravage as much chaos on your hair as it does your skin, reach for this multitasking oil by Diptyque. Infused with Diptyque’s aromatic Jasmine scent, this satin oil can be used to nourish dry limbs and bring softness back to your strands, without leaving any unwanted sign of greasiness.
There’s no denying that a huge draw of body oils lies in their aromatherapy benefits. Susanne Kaufmann has a keen understanding of the role our olfactory senses play in our overall wellbeing, and has bottled that knowledge into her De-stress Oil. Rosehip seed, jojoba and avocado are among the hero oils which work to calm the skin while notes of lavender and lemon balm help to untangle the mind.
Kaya Jungle Firming Body Oil
Harnessing the power of nature, Costa Brazil’s Kaya Jungle Firming Oil features a cold pressed blend of ingredients found in the Amazon rainforest. Don’t be fooled by the lightweight finish; this oil delivers a powerful hit of nourishment to the skin while improving overall texture, tone and glow.
Surrender Body Oil
Inspired by Ayurvedic rituals, this exquisitely scented body oil from Mauli marries an abundant floral blend, including frankincense, chamomile, and ylang ylang, with a sweet almond and sesame oil base to induce a sense of balance and grounding.
Firming Body Oil
Offering much more than just an antidote to dryness, Olverum’s Firming Body Oil boasts a line-up of skin firming and elasticity-renewing ingredients such as alaria esculenta extract and papaya enzyme to keep your limbs looking luminous and toned.
Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
When your limbs are looking lacklustre and in need of a radiance boost, opt for this multipurpose dry oil from Nuxe which moisturises skin and infuses it with a lit-from-within glow, without heading into a surfeit of shimmer.
Relax Massage and Body Oil
Infused with the same revitalising fragrance as the brand’s bath oils, the Relax Massage and Body Oil is the perfect panacea to a stressful day. Breathe in the calming blend of vetivert and ylang ylang and apply as part of an unwinding ritual before you head to bed to reap the rewards of a well-rested nights sleep.
Baccarat Rouge 540 Scented Body Oil
Exuding the same rich scent as the famed Baccarat Rouge 540, this body oil is a luxurious treat like no other. Argan, sweet almond and apricot kernel oil are steeped in heady notes of amberwood, jasmine and cedar, enveloping the skin in a sensorial and silky finish.
Firming Body Oil
For a quick-absorbing oil that improves the texture of your skin, look no further than the Omorovicza Firming Body Oil. Infused with the brand’s patented Healing Concentrate and a medley of rejuvenating oils, apply this daily to encourage firmer limbs and minimise the appearance of stretch marks.
B Silent Organic Body Oil
To induce a peaceful sleep, smooth this oil onto skin before getting into bed and feel the anxieties of the day slip away. Formulated with St John’s wort, chamomile and lavender flower, this is the ultimate calming addition to a night-time routine and leaves your skin beautifully soft the next morning.
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