Beauty oils are all the rage right now—whether you’ve completely replaced your serums or crèmes with face oils, or you’ve just worked them into your routine along with everything else, you know how powerful they are. But what about body oils? Are they effective enough to replace lotions for rough, dry skin?
According to Rodale’s Organic Life, using a body oil is more popular outside of the U.S, especially when it comes to hydrating the skin
“I believe oils and lotions have varying benefits and drawbacks, but both can be incorporated into a healthy beauty routine,” aesthetician Charmaine Leah told Organic Life.
“Oils protect the skin’s lipid barrier and are great at preventing moisture from evaporating from the skin. Some people believe applying oil, especially to acne-prone skin, will clog pores, cause breakouts, or leave a greasy film. The truth is, most natural oils are easily absorbed, not greasy, and noncomedogenic; that is, they have a low potential to clog pores, which makes oils perfect for all skin types.”
Oils tend to be pretty straightforward–even with blends, there’s little more added (if anything). But with lotions, it’s a different story altogether. For one, lotions can be water- or aloe-vera-based. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—it helps to penetrate the skin and provide moisture. You can also pack all kinds of botanicals into a lotion formula that wouldn’t necessarily bind in an oil. But because of the unstable nature of creating a crème or lotion, that can also mean it’s loaded with preservatives, binders, fillers, and ingredients you may not want in your skin care. (There are certainly many totally natural lotions out there, so don’t let that scare you off!)
Like we choose a variety of foods to eat, choosing a variety of skincare options may be the healthiest choice. You can easily rotate between body oils and lotions throughout the seasons (or the day) to meet your skin’s needs. While oils do a great job at moisturizing and hydrating, you may need a more targeted crème or lotion for skin conditions like acne or eczema, and may find a lotion more soothing to dry and cracked skin.
Whether you choose an oil or lotion, be sure to read the labels and avoid mineral oil or artificial ingredients (like fragrance) that can introduce chemicals into your skin and body.
Best oils for skin:
There are far too many oils to name them all, but some clear winners for the body are jojoba, baobab, argan, sunflower, and even olive oil!
Best natural crèmes:
These are basically oils that thicken and harden in their natural state. They can be melted down to an oil or used as a crème or salve as-is: cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, and mango butter.
African Organic Body Oil Blend
Passion Fruit Cacao Moisture Recovery Lotion
Rosehip and Black Seed Oil
You probably wear deodorant year-round, but if it ever had a true season, these warm months ahead are certainly, ahem, ripe, for it. If you’ve (hopefully!) made the switch to natural deodorants, you know that while they are much safer than aluminum-dependent conventional deods, they don’t offer any type of antiperspirant action. That’s because antiperspirants require intense chemicals to suppress your body’s natural process of sweating. We don’t just stop sweating on cue—our sweat glands need a little chemical coercion.
The problem here, is that while natural deodorants do work to mask odor, once you start gushing sweat, well, let’s just say you’ll need to reapply. Not always an option when hiking up a trail or out cycling for the day. But that doesn’t mean that without an antiperspirant or nonstop application of natural deodorant that you’re going to be a walking BO factory. There are some pretty helpful and easy steps to reducing your armpit sweat and make your deodorant most effective. Seriously.
How to Reduce BO, Naturally
- Get on the natural deodorant, STAT: If you’re a natural product lover but still afraid to give up your conventional deodorant, that could be a problem. The synthetics in conventional deodorants can be harsh on the body, killing bacteria that return with a vengeance. It’s the bacteria—not the sweat—that gives our pits that lovely odor, so if you’re creating a rebellious colony under your arms, it’s no wonder you may be finding things a little more gamey than they should be. With any switch over to natural products, there may be a bit of a reset period, but tough it out. One your body normalizes, you’ll be feeling (and smelling) better than ever.
- Clean up your diet: I’m not your mom, so you don’t have to listen to me, but if you want a better-smelling body (any parts), you have to have a better-for-you diet. That’s just a fact. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins, creates a balanced body. Too much sugar, alcohol, processed junk—they’re all going to throw your body out of whack and make you prone to unpleasant body odor.
- Drink water: Ditch the soda (please!) and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water (or lemon water) every day. Being properly hydrated is one of the best weapons against an imbalanced body. It flushes out toxins that are otherwise excreted out of your sweat glands, which can lead to the odor.
- Wear natural fabrics: Polyester and rayon fabrics may look light and breezy but they can make it more difficult for your skin to breathe, trapping bacteria and odor. Your body may benefit from more natural fibers like cotton or linen when physically active.
- Balance pH: Diluted fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar applied to clean pits before deodorant may help to neutralize odors by balancing the bacteria on the skin. Do not apply to freshly shaven armpits.
Want to give natural deodorant a try? Check out our faves:
Orange & Vetiver