There’s no better time than in winter to add a nourishing body oil to your skincare routine. Massaging oil into the skin directly after a shower will lock in moisture and may ease dryness, itchiness and tightness. Oils have the ability to penetrate skin much further than ordinary creams and create a protective layer. “Some oils act as an occlusive barrier for the skin. For example, olive oil and coconut oil are heavier oils and act more as an emollient for the skin,” says Amy Erbacher.
Silky body oils can also leave your skin looking more firm and supple, while helping reduce the appearance of cellulite. And if stretch marks are a problem, lathering oil on your skin can diminish the development of the scar-like stripes on the stomach, thighs, buttocks and other areas of the body. Alternatively, look for essential or plant-derived oils if you’re suffering from tired or fatigued muscles.
The best part is that most body oils tend to absorb into the skin quickly and aren’t greasy, so there’s no need to worry about a sticky residue or a film.