One of the best ways to boost your body care routine is by incorporating body oil into your daily ritual. Body oils, when paired with nourishing body washes and lotions, can deliver silky soft results. Rich in fatty acids and skin-loving ingredients, they help lock in moisture for deep hydration. If you’re wondering how to use body oils properly, here are four tips that’ll leave you with luminous skin.


4 Tips for Using Body Oils

1. Apply Your Body Oil Right After a Shower

Apply your body oil right after a shower or bath to pamper your skin. Your pores are most open after a shower or bath, and you can use our plant-based body wash and body scrub beforehand for a spa-like experience. After showering, lightly pat dry your skin (but not dry it completely). Gently massage the oil into your skin until it’s absorbed — no greasy residue should be left over. While body oils work best after showers, you can also use them as moisture treatments for dry patches and cuticles. 

2. Use Body Oil as Often as You Need 

Desert Essence Body Oil Sprays deliver 24 hours of moisture and glowing goodness. We've got an after-shower body oil for every skin type, so you can pick just what you need. Packed with fatty acid-rich apricot oil, Jojoba & Sunflower Body Oil Spray is a rejuvenating treat for normal skin. If you’re looking for a body oil for dry skin, Jojoba & Sweet Almond Body Oil Spray will hydrate your body with vitamin-rich shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil, with chamomile flower oil soothing irritation. Jojoba, Coconut & Chamomile Body Oil Spray hydrates sensitive skin with shea butter, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil while soothing skin with its infused Vitamin E. 

Another great pick for sensitive skin is Cannabis Sativa & Jojoba Pure Oil Blend. Here, the cannabis sativa (hemp oil) reduces irritation while the jojoba oil absorbs into the skin without leaving a residue. It’s also packed with omega-3 fatty acids and other hydrating nutrients.  

3. Some Body Oils Are Great for Hair and Other Uses

For a versatile pick, Organic Coconut & Jojoba Oil will penetrate the skin and restore moisture levels — and it can be used for hair, too. To revive your beautiful tresses, massage a quarter-sized amount into your hair. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes, then wash and style. Regular jojoba oil can also work as a makeup remover, facial cleanser, massage oil and more.

4. Use Lotion Before Body Oil

So, what do you need to know about body oil vs. lotion? In short, body oils tend to have more fatty acid content than body lotions. Lotions contain humectants that moisturize the skin, whereas body oils have fatty acids that help protect the skin barrier. Note that because oil tends to be heavier than lotion, your lotion can't break through the oil and seep into your skin if you apply oil first. 

For extra hydration, pair your favorite Desert Essence body oil with a nourishing lotion. To reap all of your lotion's benefits, apply it first. If you’d like, you can also add a few drops of body oil to your lotion. The oil will boost the occlusive action, which means it produces a moisturizing layer to help reduce moisture loss.

For soothing, smoothing and glowing skin, treat yourself with body oil after your shower. With your favorite Desert Essence body oil sprays and oil blends, it's easier than ever to achieve hydrating radiance.