What you should know about body oils
28 May 2015
For millennia, body oils have been used to nourish, moisturise and perfume the skin. The Ancient Egyptians and the Romans would cover themselves in body oils every day, while in India, essential oils were prized for their healing properties, particularly among Ayurvedic practitioners.
Today, our love of body oils remains in full force. Both men and women spend hundreds of pounds each year on organic oils, essential oils, hot oil products, cold pressed oils, spray oils and perfumed oils. But what is the difference between them all?
There are basically two different types of body oil: dry body oil and wet body oil. Dry oils are designed to be applied directly to the skin when it is wet. Wet oils are typically added to bath water or bathing products, or used in massage.
Dry body oils
The key benefit of dry oil is that it is easier to use. Perfumed or scented body oil can be applied directly to your pulse points as you leave the house, giving you an instant and lasting scent. Other oil products can be rubbed into the hands and feet before bed, so you wake up with softer cuticles and healthier skin.
Many dry oils come in a spray bottle for ease of use. Cold pressed oils can be used on dry skin, but you may need to rub them in your hands first to warm them up.
Wet body oils
Fans of wet body oils swear by their ability to lock in moisture and nourish deep into the skin. Wet oils can be added to a hot bath or to your everyday moisturiser for an extra shot of hydration.
When you step out of the shower or bath, simply apply the oil directly to your wet skin and allow it to soak in naturally. You will be left with a faint sheen on your skin and a general feeling of well being