11 Body Oils That'll Leave Your Skin Hydrated, Not Greasy

11 Body Oils That'll Leave Your Skin Hydrated, Not Greasy

How many polar vortexes can a girl take? If your body lotion’s not quite cutting it during this winter’s extreme weather, it might be time to try a body oil instead.

Lotions and butters are often made of water, which evaporates, while oils do a serious job of locking in moisture post-shower, leaving you extra hydrated and also protected from wind and freezing temps. There are fragrance-free, no-nonsense versions above, as well as ones that treat stretch marks and aging, and a few that just smell delicious. Whichever one you choose, make sure to rub it in to still damp skin to reap all its benefits

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    Marula oil has been used by African women for centuries to treat damaged or sunburned skin. The Leakey Collection’s version ($80) boasts high levels of antioxidants combined with anti-microbial properties, making it ideal for post-peel, sensitive, or inflamed skin.

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    Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil Light ($50) is a weightless version of the brand’s cult favorite. This all-in-one can be used on your face, hair, and body—it’s great for saving space in your suitcase. 

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    If you’re into nut oils—but not into smelling like a snack—try The Body Shop’s Olive Beautifying Oil ($15). The gentle olive scent dissipates quickly.

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    If you’re looking for an oil that treats the skin on top of moisturizing, try Sunday Riley’s Juno Transformative Body Lipid Serum ($105). It’s packed with fruit and vegetable oils for an intense antioxidant treatment to fight signs of aging, as well as silk amino acids that plump the skin and restore elasticity.

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    Almond oil’s a great source of omega-6, which boosts the lipid content of the skin to make it appear more plump and moisturized. Get the total almond package with L’Occitane Almond Firming and Softening Supple Skin Oil ($40)—if you don’t mind smelling faintly of marzipan.

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    Clarins particularly recommends their Tonic Body Treatment Oil ($56) to use during pregnancy. The 100% natural formula contains plant extracts to prevent stretch marks, (but it’s seriously hydrating even if you’re not with child).

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    Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil ($8) is an all-natural blend of almond and lemon oils, as well as vitamin E, to gently condition and moisturize—a great choice for sensitive skin.

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    Linda Rodin’s luxurious scent smells just as delicious in her Olio Lusso Luxury Body Oil ($110), though this oil’s a bit lighter than her face version—and lasts longer.

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    Has winter’s signature combo of freezing wind and overworked central heating left your skin not only dry, but also irritated and sensitive? Santa Maria Novella’s Olio Cosmetico ($80) contains azulene, a derivative of ultra-calming chamomile (it also provides the crazy blue color).

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    Let’s be honest, we don’t always have the time (or the energy) to perform an elaborate spa routine every time we get out of the shower. Apply the no-fuss Neutrogena Body Oil ($10) to damp skin so it locks in that moisture.

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    Jojoba and grapeseed oil nourish, while rice and ginseng oil tone in Fresh’s Rice Dry Oil ($50). The fast-absorbing formula is the lightest of the bunch.

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    The Leakey Collection Marula Oil ($80)

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    Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light ($50)

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    The Body Shop Olive Beautifying Oil ($15)

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    Santa Maria Novella Olio Cosmetico ($80)

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    Neutrogena Body Oil ($10)

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    Fresh Rice Dry Oil ($50)

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