January 06, 2021
Have you ever wondered, how come your legs and arms still feel super dry and itchy, or worse, crack, no matter how much body lotion you lather on?
The answer is simple. Your skin is lacking in oils and nutrients.
The beautiful 51-year-old Jennifer Lopez, who is famous for her "JLO glow" and looking pretty much exactly the same as she was 20 years ago, once said that her beauty secret is using oil everywhere on her skin, something that her mother taught her since she was young.
Same as 42-year-old Taiwan’s top socialite Aimee Sun, who looks more like a sister standing next to her 20-year-old daughter. Over the years, she has repeatedly expressed her love for oils, and that between a body lotion and oil, she would always choose oil!
And don't forget how soft and smooth the hands of the masseuses feel whenever you go for aromatherapy oil massages in Thailand. It'a all thanks to them using oils daily.
Yes, our skin needs hydration, but without oil, the skin will look and feel extremely dry, textured and wrinkly.
But don’t body lotions and moisturizers hydrate and nourish too? Yes and no. The problem with these generic body lotions or moisturizers is that their primary function is locking in water, whilst only giving the skin minimal amount of water and oil, without truly nourishing or feed the skin.
Let’s take a look at the below ingredient list from well-known brand ‘Dxxx’. The ingredient highlighted in red is a humectant, the ones in purple are soothing, skin softening ingredients, and the ones in yellow leave a film on the skin to lock in moisture. Whilst, the ingredient ‘Phenoxyethnol’ highlighted in blue sits at around the 1% mark in the formula, meaning the ingredients before it is at over 1% in the formula, and the ones after it is at less than 1%. All the ones that are not highlighted are either preservatives, emulsifiers, or texture enhancers.
As you can see there really isn’t much nourishing ingredients, is there? Let’s take a look at another one from ‘Dxxx’ brand, which promotes itself as a Shea Butter Body Lotion. Do you see how little shea butter there actually is in the formula?
On the contrary, body oils are made of a mixture of soothing oils and botanical extracts, and without any emulsifiers, preservatives, texture enhancer, nor silicones, which means every single ingredient works to nourish and soothe the skin with their huge amount of essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phenols, phytonutrients, etc... Because of their lipophilic nature and their small molecular size, they can also penetrate the skin’s layers way faster and deeper to repair and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, create a protective barrier against external aggressors like pollution and allergens, fight free radicals, and ultimately slow down signs of aging.
And if you're worrying about greasiness, there's really no need, as body oils these days are mostly lightweight in texture and leave a dry finish without any heaviness or greasiness. Simply use it on damp skin after shower and the skin will be nourished and glowly all day long. What’s not to love, right?
Scroll down to check out our body oils if you're ready to make the switch and truly cure your dry, itchy skin this winter.
Elements of Comfort <- Click to shop
Enriched with oils like Hemp Seed, Avocado, Kukui Nut Seed and Tamanu Seed, Noni extract, Benzoin Resin, as well Neroli and Rose Absolute, this lightweight body oil delivers and replenishes nourishment and nutrients to even the driest skin, soothes irritations and sensitivities including eczema and psoriasis, provides anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant actions, and boosts the skin's natural process of collagen synthesis.
holi(body) Ageless Body Serum <- Click to shop
Fortified with high concentrations of organic Rosehip Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Jojoba Oil, Damascus Rose & Helichrysum extracts, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Caffeine & Theobromine, etc., it provides long-lasting nourishment, stimulates collagen & elastin production, tightens & firms skin, lightens, smoothes & prevents scars, cellulite & stretch marks, whilst French-patented Calcium Ketogluconate promotes hyaluronic acid & elastin production and lifts skin!
Marie Reynolds London
Anoint™ <- Click to shop
Formulated with Apricot Kernel Oil, Olive Oil, Candlenut Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil that are rich in essential fatty acids (omega-3, 6 and 9), potent antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E, minerals and phytonutrients, it nourishes, repairs and strengthens the skin to reduce itchiness and dryness. Its multi-functional, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory formula is also amazing in promoting skin regeneration and accelerating scar healing.
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