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Moisturized skin is a must, especially in the dead of winter. If you find yourself skimping on hydration to avoid heavy creams and lotions, opt for a lightweight oil. Oils are not only chock-full of moisture, but can absorb quickly into skin if given the right formula. And while you might recall former formulas being greasy and sticky, think again. We rounded up the top lightweight, super hydrating, glow-worthy oils on the market.
Best Overall: Bio-Oil
If there was such thing as a miracle body oil, this would be it. Reigning in from South Africa, this budget-friendly oil not only hydrates the driest of skin but combats hyperpigmentation, stretch marks and soothes inflammation. Yes, there’s not much that this silky oil can’t help. Not to mention it’s faint powder scent and lightweight formula that won’t leave you greasy (just make sure you give it time to absorb). It’s formulated with a blend of oils like calendula, chamomile, lavender, and rosemary so you can guarantee hydration is at the top of the list. Lather on your face or body or spot treat dry patches or scars and you’ll be amazed at the results.
Best Budget: Neutrogena Moisturizing Body Oil
Not only is this oil easy on the wallet, it's a great after-shower option too. Once you’ve lathered up and rinsed yourself clean, the last thing you want is to load on a greasy moisturizer. Its main hydrator is sesame oil, which is known for being super lightweight and quick to soak into the skin. Post-shower, add a few drops (a little goes a long way) of this oil to your palms and apply from head to toe (if you please). Or if you prefer a hydrating soak, add a few drops of this to your bath for soft and supple skin.
Best Moisturizer: Fresh Sugar Ultra-Nourishing Body Oil
If you prefer an oil moisturizer over a cream formula, wait until you try this spa-like option. This citrus oil blend delivers a burst of moisture to dry skin without leaving a greasy residue. It’s infused with primrose, sweet almond, jojoba, and apricot oils to soothe dry, irritated skin and leaves a slight sheen for an allover glow.
Best Shimmer: MoroccanOil Shimmering Body Oil
There’s a major difference between a shimmering oil and a glitter-filled oil. Thankfully, this option is the adult-friendly shimmer. Not only does it hydrate dry skin with argan and sesame oils, but it also leaves behind pearlescent minerals so you radiate from every angle. The two hydrating oils are rich in antioxidants and help to restore skin's moisture while smoothing out texture and tone.
Best All-Natural: Kopari Coconut Melt
Coconut oil is the holy grail of moisturizers. If you feel weird about lathering on your kitchen stash to hydrate your body, this option is for you. It’s 100 percent organic, unrefined coconut oil that not only moisturizes dry skin but can be used as a hair mask, shave oil, and makeup remover. Talk about a multitasker.
Best Softening Formula: L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil
If softer skin is what you’re after, this almond-filled oil is for you. It’s made up of over 50 percent almond oil that’s rich in omega 3 fatty acids that help to smooth the surface of the skin while increasing hydration. The unique almonds in this formula are sourced from in Haute Provence, so they are grown with nutrition in mind. This luxurious oil melts into skin leaving it with a silky, satin-like finish. And of course, a delicious almond scent.
Our writers spent 1 hours researching the most popular body oils on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 7 different body oils overall, screened options from 4 different brands and manufacturers, read over 8 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 3 of the body oils themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.