The sun’s-a-shining here in Southern California, which means I get to start breaking out the shorts, skirts and sundresses. But, I must confess, I didn’t take the very best care of my skin throughout the colder months. I know, bad Miranda! So in order to add some intense moisture to my skin, I’ve been using body oil.
While most lotions are made up of primarily water, body oils are concentrated sources of moisture that can also contain antioxidants that are healthy for and protect the skin. I’ve been using the Aveeno Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil, which incorporates colloidal oatmeal, a skin protectant ingredient that relieves itchy, dry patches and retains moisture in the skin. Keep in mind: you can always use 100% pure oils like olive oil, coconut oil, or argan oil on your body, too!
1. Before the Shower or Bath
If you love piping hot showers like I do, you are probably familiar on the detrimental effects on your skin. Apply oil to your skin prior to getting in the shower to act as a barrier to protect and maintain your skin’s natural oils and keratin. Same goes for before you take a soak in the tub!
2. In the Shower or Bath
Aveeno recommends their shower oil to be used before exiting the shower. Towards the end of your shower routine, rub a small amount into the skin; it will start to softly lather. Rinse, get out of the shower, and pat dry. You won’t need to use any lotion afterwards, and your skin will be velvety smooth. I love doing this right after using a body scrub. (Read: no more scaly skin!) Using this method will help you avoid feeling greasy afterwards. Further, adding a little oil to your bath water will cut back on the drying effect that happens when you get out.
3. After the Shower or Bath
If you need some serious skin repair, use body oil after getting out of the shower. While your skin is still damp, apply a small (!) amount of oil to your skin. Remember, oil is concentrated and if you’re not rinsing it off, you really don’t need a lot. Give it a few minutes to soak into your skin before patting the rest of yourself dry and getting dressed.
4. As a Replacement Shaving Cream
You forgot to pick up shaving cream during your last drugstore run, didn’t you? No problem! Just lather some oil onto your legs and shave away. This protects your skin from knicks while simultaneously soothing irritated skin. Be sure to thoroughly rinse or wipe down your razor during the process to avoid build up.
5. Make a Scrub
Using your body oil and a couple things in your pantry, you can make a very easy and effective body scrub! Mix your oil with sea salt or sugar for an exfoliating, moisturizing skin treatment.
Friendly warning, using oil in the tub can make things a bit slippery! Can you think of any other ways to use body oils?