Why I love Body Oils:
For most of my adult life I have used body lotions. I never considered using body oil. I assumed oil would leave my skin feeling greasy and wouldn't moisturize my dry skin as well as a lotion. Boy, was I wrong. I have been using body oils exclusively for awhile now. Read on to find out why.....
About our skin:
Human skin naturally produces oil called sebum, made from cholesterol, fatty acids and triglycerides. It needs a balance of water and oil to keep it healthy and prevent dryness. The top layer of our skin is called the moisture or skin barrier. It helps retain water in our skin but also helps prevent environmental hazards from penetrating the skin. When the moisture barrier is damaged, our skin becomes more susceptible to environmental pollutants that cause aging, irritation and other skin issues.
The differences between lotion and body oil:
- Lotions are a combination of water and oils. In order to keep the water and oil from separating (think oil and vinegar salad dressing), an emulsifier must be added to keep the lotion stable.
- Lotions also require a preservative to prevent the water based ingredients from attracting and growing bacteria. There are preservatives and emulsifiers that are acceptable in natural skincare products so they are NOT a BAD thing. However, their purpose is to protect the integrity and safety of the product but don't provide any direct benefit to the skin.
- Also, some of these ingredients may not be tolerated by those with very sensitive skin.
- A lotion is predominantly composed of the water ingredients and very little oil.
- Lotions help bring water to the skin.
- Body oils are 100% oil with no water ingredients so no emulsifiers or preservatives are needed. That means 100% of the ingredients feed your skin.
- They are more nutrient dense than lotion. Natural plant oils contain vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids that our skin needs to be healthy and protect it from effects of UV radiation.
- Oils help balance our sebum production.
- Body oils provide a protective barrier to the skin. They can restore and heal the skin barrier.
- Body oils don't deliver water to the skin but they do help retain water by sealing moisture in the skin.
Other things I have discovered about body oils:
- Body oils can help even out skin texture and reduce roughness, leaving a smoother feel to your skin.
- They leave my skin feeling more velvety and soft for a longer period of time than a lotion.
- Body oils can multi-task: add a few drops to your bath water to soften your skin or rub a few drops into the ends of your hair to help with dryness.
- I have always had dry, itchy skin especially after bathing. Body oils have helped relieve that more than any body lotion I have used.
- Body oils give your skin a healthy glow.
How to use a body oil:
Use a body oil immediately after bathing. Your pores will be opened from the steam of the warm water. Do not dry off completely so that there is still significant water left on your skin. Apply the body oil to your wet skin. This will help seal in the moisture left from your shower and leave your skin more hydrated. Wait a few minutes before dressing to make sure the oil is absorbed.
Rozetree Botanicals Body Oils:
We now offer two body oils. One is unscented and the other, Moisture Boost, is scented with a blend of skin nourishing essential oils. Our vegan body oils have been carefully formulated to provide the perfect blend of plant oils that will not clog pores or leave your skin feeling greasy but provide antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids to keep your skin soft, hydrated and glowing.
Ready to ditch your lotion and give body oil a try? Your skin is going to be very happy!
Be well my friends!