August 16, 2022


Health for a better future

21 Best Body Oils for Every Type of Skin

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There’s something about the way the best body oils luxuriously ooze into the skin and leave it nourished. Most lotions wish they could achieve that level of sheen. Sure, body lotion could never be replaced (in our hearts and vanities) because it’s a signature nourishment product, but oils are another great option to further moisturize your skin.

Like any beauty product, a good oil can be hard to come by when weighing all the factors that would make it the best. Is it nongreasy, nonstaining, and nonsticky? The good news is I’ve tested my fair share and I can safely say there’s a body oil for everyone.

The best part? Body oils are a year-round thing. The dewy look you want your legs to have poolside is the same nourishment your legs crave when the brutal winters hit.

From CBD body oils formulated to provide a bit of relief to strongly scented oils that’ll layer under your perfume for a long-lasting aroma to glow oils that leave the skin sun-kissed and sparkling, here are 21 I absolutely love and recommend.

This seaweed blended oil from Osea is everyone’s favorite because of how it richly nourishes the skin and leaves it with a long-lasting glow. It’s nongreasy and doesn’t stain, which is hard to find with an oil this thick.

Watching the way this oil melts into the skin is like watching a thirst-quenched person sip water. Your skin soaks this citrusy oil up, leaving it incredibly plush. It’s a great post-shower oil that lasts all day and even longer when paired with the brand’s body butter.

Tocca is known for fragrance products like candles and perfumes, but this year the brand took its signature fragrance and bottled it up as a dry body oil that’s lightly moisturizing. It’s applied through a spritz applicator like a perfume, but the scent is deeply embedded into the oil. Layering a fragrance with similar notes over it is a great way to leave a lasting aroma wherever you go.

This oil smells so good that customers beg the brand to launch the scent in a perfume. With musky notes and hints of luscious jasmine, this oil will have you ditching your perfumes. It might be made with 14 essential oils, but it’s lightweight and leaves the skin with an intense softness. Bonus point: It’s multipurpose, so you can also use it as a hair oil to add the perfect shine.

If TikTok hasn’t made you buy Maison Fracis Kurdjian’s Baccarat Rouge 540 perfume yet, then congratulations on having self-control. The brand has more scents than the viral one, though, and they come in body-oil form as well. I like to layer this particular one with the brand’s fragrance to achieve the ultimate long-lasting scent.

Prepare the Twilight vampire-skin jokes because sparkle is an understatement for this body oil. The silky velvet texture glides across the skin and leaves it glistening.

Winnie Harlow’s squalane-blend glow oil doesn’t only lock in moisture to the skin, but it’s also packed with SPF 30, so you get the best of both worlds for your vacation.

Supergoop’s sunscreen has slowly become a favorite among the beauty community, but its glow oil is just as amazing. With SPF 50 and a quick absorbing formula, it leaves the skin glowing with a subtle shimmer.

Augustinus Bader has some of the best moisturizers on the market, and it also has a body oil. Similar to its skin-care products, this body oil will instantly soften your skin and leave it with a renewed barrier.

Whether you smoke it, eat it, or incorporate it into your skin-care or body routine, CBD has its benefits. This roll-on oil is best for relief and recovery, and its vitamin E and coconut oil ingredients moisturize the skin while it recovers.

When I use this oil, I’m instantly transported to the spa. The way it seeps into my skin has it feeling soft and massage ready. It’s made with CBD (which you can definitely smell hints of), and it works to relieve aches and pains. Consider it an express spa experience bottled up.

Expecting moms love how soothing this is on their growing belly. Not only does it keep the skin smooth, but it also aids in reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

Peptides have been a trendy ingredient lately. Similar to collagen, it improves the elasticity of the skin. This body oil from Olehenriksen is one of the few that’s blended with peptides to lock in moisture and ensure firmer skin.

Tata Harper isn’t stopping at facial products for anti-aging. This body oil replenishes the skin with an abundance of vitamins and nutrients to leave it feeling smooth and youthful.

This rich blend of oils and antioxidants transforms and replenishes even the driest of skin. It uses ingredients such as rose-hip oil and noni to rejuvenate the skin.

You’ll want to pull this one out for your summer Fridays. Between its warm vanilla scent and glowing formula, you’ll get tons of compliments.

Whether your skin is stressed or just sensitive, this protective oil seeps in to leave the body soothed and restored thanks to its unique formulation of ingredients.

Before all of these body oils and shimmers hit the market, we had good ol’ Palmers. The cocoa-butter formula has been around for decades, and it does the job without being overly sticky or greasy.

I’ve tried a lot of body butters that give my skin the nourishment oils do, but I’ve never experienced a balm like this. The second it hits the skin, it melts into an oil-like texture that effortlessly glides all over for a soothing feeling and a natural sheen.

Its lightness doesn’t stop this Oui the People body oil from being deeply moisturizing. This serumlike body gloss hydrates and brightens while being fast-absorbing.

I like to think of this body oil like a silky serum. Its blend of cold-pressed oils can transform even the driest skin into a dewier barrier.