With low temperatures and a sharp drop in humidity levels in the air, cold weather can quickly take a toll on your skin, making it dry, flaky and sometimes itchy. This is why applying an ultra-hydrating moisturizer is a must during winter—and not just on your face but on the rest of the body too, especially your limbs.
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty body moisturizer that can stand up to the drying winter weather, look no further than nourishing body oils. They are intensely hydrating, smell sumptuous and give your skin a radiant sheen in a jiffy. What’s not to like? Plus, with so many lightweight, non-greasy options available in the market today, you no longer have to worry about clogged pores or ruined clothes either.
“Applying a body oil in the colder months is especially beneficial as it provides long-lasting hydration to the skin that helps tackle dryness caused by cold temperatures, low humidity and increased use of heaters,” tells Dr. Naissan Wesley, LA-based aesthetic and surgical dermatologist.
When choosing a body oil, look for one that contains oils that are high in linoleic acid (a type of omega-6 fatty acid), suggests Dr. Wesley. “Linoleic acid is a major building block of the skin barrier. I look for body oils that contain a blend of cold-pressed oils with high linoleic acid levels such as grape seed oil, sesame seed oil, sunflower seed oil and borage seed oil,” tells the skincare expert.
If you’ve oily or acne-prone skin, avoid using oil products that contain comedogenic ingredients (such as avocado oil, carrot seed oil, coconut oil, marula oil, etc.) as they have a tendency to clog pores and cause breakouts, suggests Dr. Wesley. Instead, look for body oils that are formulated with non-comedogenic ingredients such as olive oil, argan oil, Brazilian nut oil, grapefruit oil, jojoba oil and grape seed oil.
And now, if you’re ready to experience the hydrating goodness of luscious body oils, here are some of the best ones that will keep your skin soft, supple and radiant throughout the winter:
Herbivore Botanicals’ Jasmine Body Oil ($44)
Enriched with hydration-boosting Jasmine Sambac oil, omega-rich camellia seed oil and grapeseed oil that’s loaded with vitamins C and E and linoleic acid, this lightweight, non-greasy body oil provides long-lasting moisture to the skin, leaving it soft, supple and dewy. Plus, it has a delicious floral scent that smells like summer and sunshine.
Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil ($115)
Featuring a potent blend of olive oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, camellia seed oil and calendula flower extract, this all-natural body oil plumps and brightens the skin, fights signs of aging and refines skin texture while imparting a dewy glow. What’s more, it also contains sunflower seed oil that protects collagen and evening primrose oil to boost skin elasticity and improve complexion.
REN’s Moroccan Rose Otto Body Oil ($65)
Packed with skin-rejuvenating ingredients like rose oil, cranberry seed oil, argan oil and rosemary extract, this decadent rose-scented dry oil soothes irritated skin and replenishes lipids to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, leaving your skin visibly soft and radiant.
Arbonne’s Rescue & Renew Detox Oil ($50)
This therapeutic body oil nourishes and hydrates dry skin while delivering a combination of vitamins, antioxidants and essential minerals deep into the skin, leaving it soft, supple and bright. “It’s a great choice as it contains grape seed oil which is high in linoleic acid and supports collagen,” says Dr. Wesley. In addition, “it has sesame seed oil, dandelion extract, turmeric extract, ginger root extract and Vitamin E to boost glow and overall skin health,” she adds.
Neutrogena Body Oil ($9.99)
Neutrogena’s award-winning body oil is perfect for those who have dry and sensitive skin. Formulated with antibacterial and antioxidant-rich sesame seed oil, this lightweight, fragrance-free hydrator absorbs fast into the skin, locking in the moisture you need to achieve soft, satiny-smooth skin. Plus, the multitasking product can be used as a shaving oil too.
One Love Organics’ Botanical C Body Oil ($58)
This luxe body oil features a concentrated blend of skin superfoods like shea butter, camellia seed oil, green tea seed oil and papaya enzymes that deeply hydrate and gently exfoliate, revealing smooth, glowing skin. In addition, it contains Vitamin E-rich sunflower seed oil which shields the skin from environmental stressors, while firming and tightening its appearance.
Hey Honey’s Cream to Oil Body Massage ($30)
Hey Honey’s Cream to Oil Body Massage is a delectable blend of glow-boosting ingredients like seabuckthorn oil, shea butter and honeysuckle flower extract. Its rich and creamy formula sinks deep into the skin, leaving it soft and plump with a dewy sheen.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil ($34)
Infused with linoleic acid-rich grape seed oil, sesame seed oil, rice bran oil and squalane, this cult-favorite dry oil instantly plumps the skin cells with moisture, leaving it soft and supple for hours. Its non-sticky formula sinks into the skin quickly, without leaving any residue. And the cherry on top is its light, creamy scent that smells amazing!