Why You Should Be Using Body Oils & Essential Oils
Changes in weather, air conditioning and heating, and wearing heavy makeup often take a toll on our skin's ability to maintain healthy moisture levels. Using body lotions, creams, and body butters to help keep our skin hydrated is important but we often find ourselves reapplying these products throughout the day because whatever we applied during our morning bathroom routine does not always last. This same occurrence happens with body fragrance perfume and cologne. How many times have you applied your spray perfume or cologne in the morning and it has disappeared by the middle of the day?
SO, WHAT IS THE ANSWER?
Have you considered using scented body oils? The perception is that oil products are messy to use and greasy but applied as part of the bathroom routine on damp skin after a shower or a bath, they can be easily absorbed and the added bonus is that, typically, the fragrance lasts all day.
BODY OILS, REALLY?
It can really depend on your skin’s chemistry as well as your PH levels as to how long a fragrance lasts on your skin. Oil based products are absorbed into the skin quickly, particularly on damp skin and they can have additional skin treatment benefits.
DO THEY SMELL DIFFERENT?
There is a higher concentration level of fragrance extracts present in scented body oils. The oil fragrance, develops slowly through the notes and settles on the skin with a more balanced fragrance, this generally happens with heavier and woodier fragrances. Perfume sprays in stores are diluted with water and alcohol and although they have a burst of fresh fragrance on application, the alcohol evaporates the fragrance quickly revealing different layers of fragrance and you are left with the base notes. These notes are more subtle as the fragrance evaporates. Therefore, scented body oils, can be considered more long lasting as they can be easily applied on pressure points and potentially more value for money as they promote more controlled use.
Often scented body oils come as a roll-on fragrance and are therefore portable and can be carried in your workbag/handbag as they are small in size an easy to apply on the go. They are a more inexpensive way of purchasing your favorite fragrance or even sampling a fragrance, especially those brands at the higher end of the market. Oils are also great for layering fragrance and can make your perfume spray last longer as you can use less.
WHAT ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS?
Moisturizers and lotions are good for keeping the skin supple and for anti-aging benefits, body lotion penetrates the skin and can contain effective ingredients such as Vitamin E however, they are not always easily and quickly absorbed making them inconvenient. Some Lotions contain more synthetic chemicals, petroleum products and emulsifiers, some of these come with health concerns. Therefore, it is important to review the ingredients before applying these to your skin. Essential oil based products like whipped shea or mango butter can be purchased with 100% pure ingredients or with minimal amounts of fillers and non-natural ingredients and therefore can be better for your skin. We offer a wide variety of scented mango body butter.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Oils are more than just a pleasant fragrance. Oils are effective at protecting the skin’s barrier and retaining moisture in the skin. The hydrolipidic film is a layer that covers the surface of the skin, made up of sebum, water and perspiration which helps protect the skin from bacteria, a protective barrier. Contrary to belief, oils are readily absorbed into the skin and are therefore good for all skin types as they do not clog pores (noncomedogenic) and helps maintain the moisture levels of the skin and reinforce this protective layer.
WHICH OILS ARE BEST?
Fragrance is a very personal choice. It’s normal to want to be unique. Scented body oils can provide you that satisfaction by providing a designer type fragrance at a fraction of the cost. If you can find a perfume/cologne oil to match your body chemistry you can maximize the longevity of your fragrance.
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Excerpts of this article were researched and the information was originally written by Nina Wells from Insignia Shower Store. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.
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