Best Body Oil For Achieving Radiant Skin
Want skin that literally radiates from within? You need body oil. Unlike lotion, body oil is used to deeply hydrate and nourish skin, usually with plant botanicals and seed oils that help balance skin’s natural moisture levels, increase skin health, and give your body an all-over glow.
Beautiful skin is accessible all year long if you have skin-quenching body oil and know how to use it. The body oils we love at RMS Beauty are all formulated with the cleanest, greenest, and most skin-beneficial ingredients available. We’ll tell you how to use them to uncover the softest, healthiest skin available.
Are Body Oils Good for Your Skin?
If you grew up in the eighties or nineties, the term “body oil” probably conjures up pictures of baby oil slathered on your skin before you sat in the sun. Baby oil is made up of mineral oil, a petrolatum product.
In the U.S., not all petrolatum products are refined, which means they can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These dangerous chemicals are carcinogens and don’t deserve any real estate on your body.
Thankfully, body oils have evolved, although some are still packed with ingredients you don’t want or need near your skin. Let’s look at the benefits of body oils and which ones get our highest marks based on the purity of ingredients, effectiveness, and skin benefit.
What Are the Benefits of Body Oils?
Your skin makes its own hydrating, protective oil naturally. This oil, called sebum, helps moisturize your skin, protect it from pathogens, and keep it supple. However, too much sebum can result in clogged pores.
Dry, dehydrated skin can cause sebaceous glands (the glands that produce sebum) to go into overdrive, producing more sebum than necessary to compensate for dry skin. The best way to combat this is by using products that contain nourishing oils that can help hydrate your skin deeply and regulate natural moisture production.
You can find both in a high quality body oil.
Body oils are easily absorbed by the skin, especially if they contain ingredients like jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is closest in chemical makeup to our skin’s own sebum. When we use it on our skin, our skin absorbs it quickly and easily.
Coconut oil is another hydrating oil that our skin loves. Coconut oil is antimicrobial, has antifungal properties, and is packed with vitamin E and fatty acids that work as emollients to keep skin supple.
Body lotions usually leave your skin looking dull, or even waxy. Body oil leaves a dry sheen to your skin that looks radiant and healthy without feeling greasy or sticky. Long term use of body oil helps your skin develop a natural luster.
If the ingredients in a skin care product aren’t beneficial for your skin, why are they in the product? It’s a question you should ask about every product you purchase, including body oil.
Body oils are a skin treatment. They’re made to help hydrate your skin and keep it looking healthy, but they’re also made to tackle specific skin concerns like wrinkles, fine lines, scars, and sun spots.
The ingredients in a body oil should have a specific skin-benefit. If they don’t, question why they’re there. Filler ingredients don’t help your skin and can contaminate your products with unsafe ingredients you don’t need.
What Are the Best Body Oils?
Ready to round up the best body oils for quenching dry skin, dialing up shine, and keeping your skin as healthy as possible? Continue reading below to learn about some of the most popular body oils on the market and how they compare in terms of ingredients and effectiveness.
RMS Beauty Body Oil
We might be a little biased, but our body oil really is the cleanest, purest, and most skin-beneficial body oil around.
RMS Beauty Body Oil and RMS Beauty Beauty Oil both include our ever-nuorishing wildcrafted buriti oil, which quickly absorbs into the skin, helping to balance the skin’s natural moisture levels.
We include coconut oil, tamanu oil, rosehip oil, and jojoba oil to:
- Soften and hydrate skin
- Firm and brighten with essential plant-based botanicals
- Provide antioxidant protection
- Boost radiance and oxygenate the skin
Our body oil also contains our proprietary adaptogenic herbal blend to increase skin health, give it a beautiful shine, and hydrate it for up to eight full hours.
The living ingredients in our body oil are also responsibly sourced, so you can keep a clear conscience while getting great skin.
Biossance Squalane Oil
Biossance’s oil contains squalane sourced from sugarcane, which protects sharks from being captured and killed for squalene products. Squalane is known for its hydrating properties, and this oil contains only this single ingredient.
Glossier Body Hero Oil Mist
Blended with sunflower oils and grapeseed oil, this dry oil mist is known for being rapidly absorbing, but also contains unverified fragrance.
Nivea Nourishing Body Oil
This body oil says it is made with avocado and macadamia nut oils, however the first three ingredients are not oil-based. Macadamia nut oil is the fourth ingredient, followed by avocado. Like the previous oil, Nivea also includes undisclosed fragrance ingredients in this body oil, which means you can’t verify what you’re actually putting on your skin.
Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil
This glittery blend of jojoba, safflower, and olive oils lists undisclosed fragrance as the fifth ingredient. Even though there’s plenty of plant-based oil in this product, it is offset by the inclusion of alcohol, which is skin-drying.
Additionally, this body oil contains tin oxide, which may contain environmentally unsafe harmful nano-particles.
KORA Organics Glow Body Oil
KORA’s blend of body oils includes rosehip, sunflower seed oils, and several other plant oils and extracts. KORA also uses essential oils in their product for fragrance. This oil is made with organic ingredients and boasts plenty of vitamins, like vitamin A and vitamin E, minerals, and antioxidants.
Diptyque Satin Oil
Inspired by their candle scents, Diptyque’s satin oil can be used on both the hair and body. Their blend of oils includes sweet almond oils, olive, avocado, sesame and jasmine seed oil. Unfortunately, there are numerous other ingredients in this oil, like alcohol and synthetic fragrance, that make it questionable.
Can I Use Body Oil Every Day?
You can use body oil every day, and we encourage it. Using body oil as soon as you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp, will help your skin absorb the natural plant-based oils better and increase hydration.
Will Body Oil Break Me Out?
If you struggle with sensitive skin or acne, test your body oil on the inside of your arm before applying it to your entire body. Natural, plant-based oils should not clog your pores, although you may find that they cause your skin to purge when you first begin to use them.
If this happens, don’t panic. Your skin will adjust to being hydrated and healthy and balance out in about a week.
The Bottom Line
Body oil is a great way to get your skin in shape for summer, and RMS Beauty has the cleanest, greenest oils available. Both our Beauty Body Oil and our Beauty Oil are incredibly popular customer favorites.
Packed with the RMS Adaptogenic Herbal Blend (Golden Jojoba, St. John's Wort, Horsetail, Marigold, Sarsaparilla, Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Licorice Root, and Olive leaf) will give you radiant skin without the use of harsh chemicals, drying ingredients, or strange fragrances.
RMS Beauty has lightweight, essential body oils to keep your skin as healthy as possible, naturally.
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