Several years ago I broke up with lotion. It was an amicable parting, and we remain friends. But body oil stole my heart, and we’ve been blissfully happy ever since. Here’s our story.
Once upon a time, I recoiled at the idea of applying straight oil to my skin. I had been taken in by the “oil free” craze and thought that any application would result in a greasy mess of acne spots and despair. Back then (aka “pre-internet”) I was only familiar with baby oil or scented bath oils, and in my mind, they were all made of pore-clogging butter. Considering I knew people who would baste themselves with baby oil like a giant turkey in the sun, this seemed logical at the time.
But how times have changed! Not only have I come to love body oil, I now believe it is a superior moisturizer and will never go back to lotion. Since I’ve made the switch, my love for oil has only increased. So here are three of the most compelling reasons to switch to body oil.
Body oil makes your skin feel amazing
For me, the biggest difference is that it doesn’t leave a tacky residue like lotions can. I gently smooth a few drops of oil on slightly damp skin, and within minutes, it’s soft, supple, and radiant.
This may seem like exaggeration – I’m the first to admit that I’m in love with the results of body oil. But I believe that you’re likely to have a similar experience. So poetic musings aside, using is believing. You should try at least one bottle of body oil in your life.
Body oil is concentrated and long-lasting
Lotion moisturizes your skin by mixing oil with water. Water serves two functions: it has an immediate skin-plumping effect and also helps the oil to absorb quickly into the skin. The flip side is that when you add water to a product, you must also add emulsifiers to keep the oil and water mixed, as well as preservatives to ensure that the product doesn’t grow bacteria.
There’s nothing wrong with any of that! However, when you consider that a lotion is just delivering oil to your skin, why go through all that trouble?
To achieve the same results simply apply a body oil right after emerging from a bath or shower, while the skin is still a little damp. The moisture on the skin helps the oil to absorb quickly, and because it’s so concentrated you only need to use a little bit. (Use half to a quarter of the amount of lotion you would normally apply.)
You might be missing the skin-plumping that the water provides, but that too comes with a caveat. Water is constantly evaporating from the skin, which means the plumping is short-lived. And sometimes your skin could look even worse after being hydrated and dehydrated with water. Oil, on the other hand, helps your skin to retain water. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin for the whole day.
Body oil = simple skin care
Since body oil is either a single nourishing oil or a blend of exotic oils, in either case, it is simplistic skin care at its finest. But don’t let the simple ingredients fool you! By using organic, minimally processed, food-grade oils you are literally feeding your skin. Cold pressed, steam distilled, and CO2 extracted oils retain their rich profile of vitamins, nutrients, and fatty acids. I think this is why I saw a visible improvement in my skin almost immediately.
The simplicity is especially good news for those with allergies and/or sensitivities. You can look at the bottle and know immediately what is contained within the product. And in the case of Badger’s body oil, you can be certain that there are no hidden irritants like pesticide or extraction residue, thanks to the USDA organic certification.
What do you think of body oil? Let us know in the comments below!