Keeping Skin's Moisture Barrier Intact
Compared to other natural body lotions
, body oils are the heaviest and thickest products due to their oil bases. This consistency allows the oils to remain on the surface of the skin for longer than a cream, lotion or butter. As a result, body oils help to replenish the moisture barrier on the outermost layer of skin and lock natural moisture in the tissue to decrease the risk of future dryness.
Who Needs Natural Body Oil?
Often, natural body oils are used as spot moisturizers and are applied only to areas that are excessively dry, such as the elbows and feet. Anyone with patchy dryness can use a body oil to address the problem and promote softer skin in rough, parched areas. For all-over use, a natural body oil is often a good choice for those with very dry skin. If your skin is normal to oily or just slightly dry, a body lotion or cream
is likely a better choice for head-to-toe use.
Pure Moisturizing Plant Oils vs Blends
As you compare natural body oil products, you'll find that some products are 100 percent pure plant oils. These products are made from the seeds, kernels, nuts or other parts of a single plant and include argan oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil and rose hip seed oil. Pure plant oils are very potent. In most cases, only a few drops are applied to the skin at a time, and some pure oils must be diluted with another natural oil prior to use.
If you're looking for a body oil that you can apply right from the bottle onto your skin, you can choose a blend, which includes a number of natural plant oils infused into a carrier oil. The product descriptions will tell you more about how each oil in this product assortment is intended to be used.
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