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Using Body Oil Every Day: The Secret To Glowing Skin




Have people been telling you that your skin looks dull and sallow? Is a glance in the mirror giving you the message that something needs to be done about your skin? Are lines and wrinkles making their appearance, and does your skin feel stretched, dry and itchy?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes” it means your skin is crying out for attention.

If you ignore the signs, or think you don’t have the time, or feel that slathering on an extra layer of make-up will do the trick, you’re so wrong. Many people go to the other extreme and sign up for expensive, long-term treatments, or invest in exotic products that make unrealistic claims.

The solution is simpler than you think, and in most cases, the maxim “Less is More” works just fine. The trick is to analyze and diagnose the underlying cause and apply the right solution.

Skin Facts

We don’t often think of our skin as an organ, but it is in fact the largest and most exposed organ in our bodies. Its function is to act as a barrier against the environment, regulate temperature and provide the sensation of touch. It is also the largest organ, and weighs nearly 3 kg, and the average person could have up to 21 square feet of skin. Skin renews itself once every 3 weeks, and this cycle slows down as we age.

Your skin is also a mirror to your general health. One of the first signs of an underlying illness sometimes shows up on your skin.

You’ve heard the term “beautiful skin” but have you wondered exactly what qualities go into that description? Great looking, healthy skin is characterized by certain features and preserving them helps you to protect your skin and ensure that it looks and feels good.

An even tone is one of the first aspects that we notice about good skin. Whatever the genetic color, skin that is free of pigmentation, age spots, blotching, freckles or sun damage has a smooth and even tone. Healthy skin has a great texture, free of bumps, cellulite, open pores and conditions such as acne. Beautiful skin looks and feels moist. It is not dry, patchy or flaky. Moisture helps to ward off lines and wrinkles. Lovely skin is firm and smooth as a result of collagen and elastin.

Now that we understand what good skin is all about, it’s important to know how to retain these qualities.


  • Avoid excessive sun exposure
  • Avoid air pollution
  • Smoking and alcohol can cause skin damage
  • Stay away from too much caffeine and sugary drinks
  • Keep the skin clean at all times
  • Avoid applying too many products or undergoing too many treatments
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Eat a balanced diet comprising fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Check the ingredient list of any skin product you purchase, and opt for organic and natural skincare products
  • Alter your regular skin care routine based on the weather conditions, location and age

One of the most effective skin care products that you can use regularly is body oil. It helps to protect your skin and keep it looking and feeling its best.

We often focus on the face and neck when we plan our skin care routines. Some of us extend that focus to the hands and feet, but rarely do we consider the skin on the whole body. You may assume that the skin in the non-exposed or visible parts can take care of itself, but the truth is that unless you care for your skin as a whole, you could end up with a variety of skin conditions that may be difficult to tackle later.


The solution is body oil. Unlike heavier and more dense lotions and creams that tend to be sticky, mess your bed linen or clothes, body oils are lightweight and quickly get absorbed into the skin.

Dermatologists opine that no two peoples’ skins are alike. There are subtle differences that have to be acknowledged and you have to use the right kind of care and select the products that sync with your skin type.

However, with body oil, you don’t have to worry about this issue. These products are made from natural ingredients and offer more long lasting benefits.

Lotions are usually water based so the effect may not last as long, while many creams are paraffin wax, petroleum jelly, mineral oils, shea butter and more. They may contain emulsifiers such as cetearyl alcohol, thickeners such as gum or  cellulose, and other additives such as preservatives or fragrance. Lotions also contain a high content of humectant that helps to pull moisture towards the skin, but they are not long-lasting.

Body oils usually comprise botanical (plant based) fatty acids, omega 3, linoleic and oleic acids. These provide an effective barrier that seals moisture into the skin. This is a great benefit when you are showering or having a swim. Oils also soothe irritation and inflammation, and protect your skin against chemicals and pollution.

How To Use Body Oil

The best time to use body oil is just before you shower. You can choose from a selection of botanical oils such as almond, olive, coconut, grapeseed, sesame, jojoba, flaxseed, avocado and many such products. Ensure that you choose oils that don’t contain preservatives, so you may have to refrigerate them in hot weather to avoid rancidity.

If you want to add essential oils such as lavender or rosemary follow instructions or consult a naturopath.

For best results, use body oil every day. Pour a few drops into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to spread the oil evenly and then gently massage it into each part of your body, starting with the feet. Take small quantities of oil if you need more. You may need at least 10 minutes for this, so adjust your schedule accordingly.

This activity is calming and can help relieve stress. Always apply oil on damp skin so that it gets fully absorbed. When toweling yourself, pat the skin dry instead of vigorously rubbing it. If you are using 100% natural oil, it can be used on the face too.

The trick is to be regular and consistent, and make body oil an essential part of your self care regimen for soft, glowing and youthful skin.

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