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Why You Should Consider Using a Body Oil...

14 June, 2020 - 02:51pm by - First Lady | 20 Comments

Article by BR Natalie

Like the last season of Game of Thrones, Winter is Here.  It's time to start slathering our bodies in moisturiser in the hopes of keeping dry, cracked skin at bay.

But if you've been reaching for your trusty body lotion or butter, STOP!  Have you considered using an oil?

Why consider using a body oil?

Oils replicate what's already found in your skin - natural oils and therefore protect the skin's lipid barrier.  Oils create a barrier on the skin that prevents moisture from evaporating from the skin and therefore leave it moisturised for longer.  Although scientists question how deeply oils pentrate the skin, the fact they create the barrier to keep moisture in means many plant based oils have been the only thing to cure severe dry skin conditions.

But won't oil leave my skin, erm, oily?

Many people (especially those with acne-prone skin) believe oil will clog their pores, cause breakouts, or leave a greasy film.  This couldn't be further from the truth - most natural oils are easily absorbed, not greasy, and noncomedogenic   So they really are suitable for all skin types.

Can I use any old oil for this?

Before you reach for the Canola, you might want to check out these alternatives!

Sweet Almond Oil is a highly nourishing oil which is light and easy to apply. It contains vitamins A, E, B1, B2, B6 and has a high percentage of mono and poly saturated fatty acids.  It's gentle enough to use on a baby's skin and is apparently brilliant at reducing undereye dark circles.  Add a few drops to the skin under your eyes before bedtime - you should see optimum results after a week or two!

Jojoba Oil is actually a wax! It's very similar to the skin’s natural sebum and leaves a luxuriously smooth feel to your skin.  It won't penetrate deeply though, so is best for people who don't have super-dry skin.  People with oily skin might be interested to know that Jojoba Oil seems to slow down the skin's oil production.  It's thought it does this by being so similar to the skin's natural oils it 'tricks' your skin into thinking it's made enough.

Coconut Oil is a solid in cooler climates, you just need to scoop a little out of the jar and rub it between your palms.  Voila!  An instant body moisturiser.  Coconut oil (possibly due to it's tendancy to solidify) can be a little comedogenic so it's probably best not to use it on your face.

Argan Oil is best known as a hair treatment, but it is an amazing saviour to super dry skin!  It's jam packed with vitamin E and is 80% formed from anti-inflammatory fatty acids.  Being on of the more expensive oils, it's probably best saved for those real problem areas.  Unless of course you can afford to slather your body in this liquid gold!

Grapeseed Oil comes from pressing the seeds of grapes (you might have guessed!). It's full of antioxidents and suitable for all skin types (from dry to greasy) as it actually regulates the body's natural oil production.   it is high in antioxidants.  It's pretty cheap and you can pick it up along side your cooking oils in the supermarket.  A couple of drops a day applied directly to your skin is enough to prevent the signs of aging and even out skin tone.

Olive Oil is rich and thick, and perfect for rescuing dry hands and feet.  Slather it on your hands and feet as an intensive treatment or add a little to your bath for a real moisturising treat!  You'll want to buy reasonably high quality olive oil - look for 'first cold press' on the label, which means the olives weren't exposedto high temperatures, which would severly decrease the nutrients, antioxidents and fatty acids in the oil.

Over to you beauties, do you regularly use oils as your moisturiser or does it just not appeal to you?  Have we convinced you to try one? Get chatting below!

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30th July, 2020

I have some oil at home that I have been meaning to try but worried it would cause more breakouts, this is an interesting read - I wonder what the best way to apply it is, fingertips or cotton pad?

21st July, 2020

Love, love, love jojoba oil for hair and skin!

21st July, 2020

I use oils as a pamper treat for my body, but I will now start using it regularly with my body moisturisers.

20th July, 2020

Almond Oil sounds good, will try it on my dark circles and brown spots.

7th July, 2020

I regularly use Pure Fiji coconut oil but find it harder to use in Winter months as it solidify. I'm keen to try sweet almond oil.

21st June, 2020

Sounds amazing. Never tried body oils before so would love to trial. My skin soaks up body lotion and even massage oils like there's no tomorrow. Would love to see if using oils on a daily basis could better the situation

20th June, 2020

I would definitely be keen to try a body oil, I've always loved oil :)

18th June, 2020

I used to put a few drops into my face moisturizer. I wouldn't use coconut oil much as that can cause pore clogging. I used to use a "miracle oil" from Avon on my chest.

15th June, 2020

Didn’t know about these. I’m interested in the almond oil. I have dark circles for days on end.

15th June, 2020

Almond Oil i absolutely love it. I need to start using it again. I used it while i was pregnant.

15th June, 2020

I use oil a lot. My current ones on the go are Pure Fiji in White Gingerlily and Weleda Arnica oil. The Weleda one is really warming.

15th June, 2020

I use the Trilogy Pure plant body oil - especially over winter as a boost, but I love Bum Bum cream so much too - so tend to use both - the oil, more over winter. Weleda make some really lovely ones too.

15th June, 2020

I've used a few body oils. Loved the Pure Fiji in mango!

15th June, 2020

I've actually never tried this, I'm actually a little lazy when it comes to my body unless I know I'm going to be wearing a nice dress etc. Might have to give this a go ...

14th June, 2020

I love the idea of this but haven’t found a scent I like. I’ve used linden leaves but not a fan of the scents I’ve tried so the search continues. I get dry skin so I do like the idea of body oils.. might have to look into the pure fiji ones

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