If smooth, silky skin is your goal, keeping your body properly moisturized from head to toe is essential to helping you achieve it. When the skin becomes deprived of moisture, the skin cells shrivel and shrink, allowing tiny spaces to form between them. This gives skin a rough, uneven texture, and as skin grows even drier, it can even become flaky and itchy.
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Moisturizing helps to replenish the hydration that your skin has lost throughout the day. For those with very dry skin, ordinary body lotions may not provide enough hydration to make big improvements in skin texture, and in these cases, body oil can be much more effective at addressing dehydrated tissue.
Body oils have a thicker consistency than ordinary body lotions. The oils are much more similar to the natural oils found in the skin tissue, allowing them to more rapidly rehydrate the skin than lotions. You can apply body oil all over your skin to soothe and condition it or use it as a spot treatment to soften rough patches in areas like the knees and elbows. Some body oils designed for addressing dry skin even come in gel form, making them easier to work into the tissue. You'll also find dry oil sprays that are simple to apply to hard-to-reach areas like the back.
A high quality body oil can serve many purposes outside of a moisturizer. You can add a few drops to bathwater to condition your skin while you bathe and help limit the evaporation of moisture from the tissue that often follows soaking in the tub. Body oil can be used to lubricate the skin for at-home massages to relieve muscle tension and stimulate circulation. Pure natural body oils may also form parts of natural remedies for specific skin conditions. For example, some natural health practitioners recommend tea tree oil for acne and other skin care concerns that are caused or exacerbated by microbes.
Some body oils are specially formulated for use on the hair as well as the skin. Oils like argan oil can add shine to dull tresses and help to condition and tame hair that is prone to frizz and fly-aways. African-Americans can use high quality oils to seal the ends of the hair after moisturizing in order to prevent dehydration and breakage. Women of all races and ethnicities can apply oils to the hair and scalp as a deep conditioning treatment.
No matter what you plan to use a body oil for, drugstore.com can help you find the perfect solution for your needs. We have a wide range of traditional body oils, oil gels and dry oil sprays with products that include blends and pure extracts. Our body oil department features products developed for use on the skin as well as multi-purpose formulas that are suitable for the hair and body. You can use the links on the left-hand side of the page as well as the drop-down box at the top to refine your search and quickly locate the perfect body oil for you.