As the snow begins to fall and the cold weather continues to wreak havoc on our skin, there are steps we can take to defend ourselves. Many of us are used to carrying moisturizer in our purse, our car, and even take it to the office, where we reapply it constantly. But if you’re not seeing a difference and your skin more closely resembles a desert than a rain forest, its time to try a hydrating body oil. From your feet to your scalp, you can gain and maintain hydration throughout the driest months of the year with these oils.
Body oils are pure and highly concentrated. Natural and organic versions do not contain fillers, emulsifiers and synthetic chemicals, like many lotions do. They’re loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and E, known for their anti-defying and collagen-producing abilities, not to mention hydrating qualities. They immediately plump up the skin and give it a glow! You’ve probably heard of jojoba and coconut oils as hydrating aids, but here are some others that you may not know, but will want to!
Avocado Oil Rich in essential fatty acids like omega-3 and vitamin E, avocado oil is good for sensitive, damaged and problem skin. Livestrong.com recommends applying it to the scalp as conditioner and even adding a few drops to your shampoo.
Carrot Seed Oil Especially effective for dry, sun-damaged skin; mature, wrinkled skin; or for treating inflammation, carrot seed oil is full of antioxidants that rejuvenate skin and slow the look of aging.
Rosehip Oil Containing both vitamins A and C, rosehip oil is great for oily skin and can reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and age spots as well.
Sweet Almond Oil A great natural makeup remover, sweet almond oil is full of vitamin E, making it a good natural protector against UV rays. Do not use if you have a nut allergy.
Apply the oil to damp skin—post shower is easiest—in order to more deeply penetrate the skin and keep the moisture locked in. Apply a small amount and gently massage into the skin.