Body oils

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BEAUTY -

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.

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