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20 Body Oils That Will Make Your Lotions and Creams Jealous

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Jerome Tisne

Of all the nourishing products that work wonders for moisturizing your skin, don’t sleep on the power of body oil. Although body oils are great on their own, they aren’t meant to play the starring role in your body routine. Think of body oil as the supporting character to the other nourishing lotions, body washes, and thiccc butters in your regimen, all working towards one goal: providing moisture. With just a few drops, body oils provide “deep moisture to parched, dehydrated skin,” Dr. Audrey Kinin tells ELLE.com, and give you a healthy, kissed-from-the-sun glow. And like the LCO method for natural hair—where you use liquid and creams before sealing the deal with an oil—body oils act the same way by serving as a blanket product that keeps moisture locked in throughout the day.

Sure, baby oil qualifies in this category, but how about some more grown-up options? Ahead, the 20 best body oils to cure dryness year-round. In the wise words of RHOA’s Porsha Williams—bye, ashy!

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Best Overall

NOW Solutions

Organic Jojoba Oil

Now 27% off

2

For Almond-Scented Lovers

L’Occitane

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

3

Best for Sun Protection

CAY SKIN

Isle Body Oil with SPF 30 and Squalane

4

Best Multipurpose Oil

Maison 276

No. 8 Botaniques Dry Oil

Now 30% off

5

Best For the Spa Lover

Tatcha

Hinoki Hydrating Body Oil

6

Best For the Beach Bum

OSEA

OSEA Undaria Algae Body Oil at Nordstrom, Size 5 Oz

7

Best for Alleviating Stress

Klur

Elements of Comfort Body Oil

8

Best For the Beauty Hypebeast

Glossier

Body Hero Dry-Touch Oil Mist

9

Best For Beginners

Nécessaire

The Body Oil – 100% Organic. 100% Cold-Pressed.

10

Best For the Frequent Traveler

Tom Ford

Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil in Gold

11

Best For the Fragrance Fanatic

NEST New York

Madagascar Vanilla Perfume Oil

12

Best For the Florist

Herbivore Botanicals

Jasmine Glowing Hydration Body Oil

13

Best For the Big Spender

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

6.8 oz. Baccarat Rouge 540 Sparkling Body Oil

14

Best For Stretch Marks

Bio-Oil

Skincare Body Oil for Scars and Stretchmarks

Now 12% off

15

Best Drugstore Option

Neutrogena

Lightweight Body Oil

16

Best Holy Grail

Avon

Skin So Soft Bath Oil

17

Best Skincare Ingredients

Dermalogica

Phyto Replenish Body Oil

18

Best For the Scent Collector

Ellis Brooklyn

MYTH Spectacular Scented Body Oil

19

Best Luxury Beauty Option

Tata Harper Skincare

Skincare Revitalizing Body Oil

20

Best For Nourishment

Kiehl’s Since 1851

Nourshing Dry Body Oil

Now 25% off

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Best Value

Palmer’s

Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Oil with Vitamin E

Now 37% off

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What are the best types of body oils to look for?

Dry oils are the best ones to buy because they absorb into the skin quickly without leaving behind a sticky, greasy residue. It’s important to look for lightweight oils or “dry oil formulations containing ingredients such as marula and maracuja oils,” Dr. Audrey Kunin says. Both oils are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, so your skin will be well-fed.

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Are body oils moisturizing on their own?

“Absolutely,” Dr. Kunin adds. For maximum moisture, you can mix your oil with a body butter or a lotion but Dr. Kunin says a dry oil is enough to give your skin the moisture it needs. “A dry oil is able to penetrate the skin more deeply and offer more rapid moisture,” she says.

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Meet the expert

Board-certified dermatologist, author, and founder of Dermadoctor Skincare, Dr. Audrey Kunin

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Why trust ELLE beauty?

Nerisha Penrose is the Beauty Commerce Editor at ELLE.com. Since joining ELLE.com in 2017, she has interviewed countless skincare professionals and has personally tested the latest and greatest products across makeup, skincare, and hair care.

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