Meaning of Body Oil
Body oil is a skin care product that is generally recommended as a treatment or prevention for extremely dry skin.
Its main ingredients tend to be oils extracted from natural sources, such as fruit or vegetable seeds, which give the product a smooth texture. Other common active ingredients include vitamin E and fatty acids, both of which have moisturizing properties.
Body oils, which often contain vitamin E and fatty acids, can be used to moisturize and protect the skin.
For body oil to be most effective, manufacturers generally recommend that the product be applied while the user’s skin is still damp.
Since body oil is obviously oil-based, while other body lotions are water-based creams, it is believed that it creates a barrier against the outside of the skin.
The oil barrier can help trap water from a shower or bath on the skin so it sinks in and provides great moisture, rather than rubbing it in or slightly dampening the top layer of skin.
It is recommended that a person shower before using body oil.
Water that is too hot can draw some of the little moisture out of dry skin, so before using body oil, take a warm shower or bath.
Afterwards, the skin will usually need to be lightly dried until it is damp without being completely dry. If the skin is too wet, the product can slip off and never penetrate the skin. Conversely, not having water on the skin afterward will generally prevent the oil from being able to trap moisture on the skin.
People who feel like they need extra moisture can also apply the oil to their bodies in the shower or add it to their bath water as a way to try to coat the skin even more.
People with oily skin should avoid body oil.
Using body oil as a person’s selected form of moisturizer is generally only recommended for those with extremely flaky, tight, or rough skin.
These types of skin concerns may not respond well to lighter water-based moisturizers because they may not be powerful enough to completely saturate dry skin.
People with normal or oily skin are generally not recommended to use the product because its coarse texture can make your skin feel too oily, rather than just smooth.
The oil can also clog skin pores and lead to pimples in some people, even if they are not acne-prone.
Bodybuilders can use body oils to draw attention to their muscle definition and size.
Body oil tends to be available in traditional liquid-based versions as well as dry versions.
Traditional liquid-based types usually have water added to the other active ingredients as a way to make application easier; however, they can be more complicated to manage.
Dry body oils typically don’t have any added liquid with the active ingredients and instead come packaged in a spray bottle so the product can be sprayed directly onto the skin’s surface with a little friction.
This version tends to be more expensive and harder to find than the traditional one. Body oil is generally recommended as a treatment for extremely dry skin.
Some massage therapists apply therapeutic and moisturizing essential oils as part of a bodywork session.