Not too long ago, many beauty enthusiasts thought of oil as public enemy number one. Today, the opposite is true. Face oils are effectively taking over the skincare industry thanks to their hydration-boosting, moisture-locking abilities — but your face isn’t the only area that could benefit from an oil infusion. The best
beauty oils for face and body prove that oils can (and should!) be used head to toe to promote softness, shine, and hydration all over. And the best part? Derms are on board.
“Body oils are more moisturizing than body lotions,”
Dr. Devika Icecreamwala, a dermatologist with Icecreamwala Dermatology in San Francisco, tells The Zoe Report. “The reason for this is that lotions have a higher water content than oils.” Oils are often absorbed faster than lotions, too, since your pores are pretty much primed to soak them up — after all, the body naturally produces its own moisturizing oil, so to speak, in the form of sebum.
Plant-based oils like olive oil and jojoba oil are similar to your skin’s natural oils, so once applied to the body, your skin recognizes it, allowing it to absorb more quickly while replenishing your skin’s protective barrier and regulating oil production,” Mariska Nicholson, the founder of oil-based beauty brand Olive + M, explains in an email to TZR. This is true for pretty much any body part, from the scalp to the lips to the cuticles… so basically, whatever beauty problem you’re looking to solve, oil can help.
Ahead, 21 beauty oils — including hair oils, bath oils, and even “intimate” oils (yup, that’s a thing now) — to
get your entire body spring-ready.
"At Prose, we’ve launched the first-ever custom hair oil so that (finally!) all hair types can benefit from hair oil — particularly those with fine hair who typically find that oils weigh them down or leave them feeling greasy," Faith Huffnagle, the Director of Education at
custom hair care brand Prose, tells The Zoe Report. She notes that hair oil can be beneficial for all hair types, but works especially well on split ends, chemically treated hair, or moisture-starved strands. All you have to do is fill out a quick questionnaire on Prose's site, and the company makes a custom hair oil suited to your exact needs.
"Hair oils prevent dry and brittle hair," Dr. Icecreamwala says. She's a fan of coconut oil, since it "contains lauric and caprylic acids, which are very moisturizing ingredients." Find it in
Playa's Ritual Hair Oil, a lightweight styler that helps protect hair from sun damage and the drying effects of chlorine and salt water.
"Scalp oils work wonderfully for people that suffer from a
dry scalp or have flaking," the dermatologist tells TZR — which, post-winter, is pretty much everyone. Give your scalp a deep clean for spring with this rosemary- and mint-infused oil from Mielle.
A Multitasking Oil To Promote Growth
Brush On Block's lip oil hydrates with argan oil, protects from sun damage and blue light with zinc oxide and SPF 32, and gives lips the perfect nude tint. Is there anything it can't do? CBD is everywhere lately — and the trend shows no signs of slowing. Bring the soothing, anti-inflammatory power of hemp-derived cannabidiol into your body care routine with Lord Jones' recently released High CBD Formula Body Oil. Its roll-on applicator makes it easy to travel with, too.
As the beauty brand's name would suggest, Olive + M infuses its products with a healthy dose of olive oil. "
Olive oil is easily absorbed into the skin; and just like your skin’s natural sebum, olive oil’s antimicrobial properties protect the skin, while vitamins A and E help repair and renew," Nicholson tells TZR. The Body Oil even doubles as a bath oil.
A Lightweight Post-Shower Oil
"Using a body oil on slightly damp skin after a shower will seal in hydration, nourish, soothe, and provide antioxidants to give skin that healthy glow we all crave,"
Jordan Samuel Pacitti, an aesthetician and founder of Jordan Samuel Skin, tells TZR. His signature formula features Mediterranean ingredients like grape seed oil (packed with sebum-regulating linoleic acid), broccoli seed oil (which has naturally occurring vitamin C), and squalane oil (super absorbant) — and smells like the Tuscan countryside.
An Aromatherapeutic Body Oil
"Jojoba oil is a natural healer and super-humectant; it has amazing hydrating qualities for psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, body acne, and chapped skin," Glazer says. While the jojoba in
Shiffa's Soothing Body Oil calms the skin, frankincense essential oil calms the mind via stress-relieving aromatherapy benefits.
Looking for one oil to rule them all? Reach for
Carter + Jane The Everything Oil, a blend of antioxidant-rich moringa oil and moisturizing baobab oil. According to the brand's site, it "replaces body moisturizers, serums, cellulite creams, and even fragrance."
"I think a lot of people haven’t experienced a true dry body oil, and as soon as they try it, they’re in love with the way it feels and how quickly it absorbs," Shannon Davenport, the founder of Esker Beauty, tells The Zoe Report. I can personally confirm that
the brand's Clarifying Oil — a functional mix of coconut, squalane, and avocado with a woodsy hint of cypress — pretty much dries on contact. In other words, you can slather it on before bed and slip into your silk sheets with zero transfer.
massage oil from La Copine was specifically designed with the delicate skin of the breasts in mind. Make a point to apply its combination of calendula, jojoba, and sesame oils daily, and you'll never forget to do your monthly lump check again. Breast health for the win.
Want proof that "intimate" skincare has gone mainstream? It's readily available at Sephora. Test the waters of yoni care with this
adaptogenic oil from Moon Juice, fortified with vitamin E to soften and rose essential oil to soothe — and even boost arousal, apparently.
You’ve likely seen Fur Oil all over your Instagram feed — that cute, round, golden bottle quickly became an influencer favorite, making it the first (and only)
pubic hair oil to reach “It” status. Made with antibacterial clary sage oil and pore-clearing tea tree oil, it can be used “head to toe, bare to bushy,” as the brand says on its site.
A Crystal-Infused Cuticle Oil
"Cuticle oils protect your cuticles and nails from trauma and environmental damage," Dr. Icecreamwala says. "Jojoba oil is rich in vitamin E and is very protective to the cuticle." Find the ingredient in
Mazz Hanna Amethyst Cuticle Oil — which also features a polished amethyst crystal for extra good vibes.
An Oil For Healthy, Shiny Nails
Strengthen your nails and moisturize your cuticles in a single shot with Dermelect's keratin-infused oil treatment. Its citrus scent is super energizing, too.
Love a good bubble bath? This season, make the
switch to a bath instead of drying out your skin with sudsy soap, bath oils leave you hydrated and smooth all over. oil — UMA Oil's latest Pure Calm Wellness Bath Oil takes the relaxing vibe of a warm bath to the next level, care of calming essential oils like lavender and chamomile.
To make your morning shower feel downright fancy, swap your usual body wash for
Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash. It's hydrating enough that you can skip moisturizer afterwards — although, with so many spring body oils to choose from, why would you want to?