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Rise of the Body Oils

We’ve been moisturizing our faces with oils for years now, and despite some initial misgivings (nope, they won’t clog your pores), we couldn’t live without them today. But why should our complexions reap all the rewards? The antiaging benefits of our favorite oils also help keep arms and legs soft, toned, and taut. Bring on the body oils!

Why We Love Them

Body oils do all the moisturizing work of body butters and moisturizers, but they also bestow unique benefits. Our favorites combine antioxidant and antiaging properties with delicious scents, just the right amount of sheen, and instant moisture. And despite their name, they never feel greasy on skin. Apply right out of the shower when your skin is slightly damp, and they’ll soak in immediately.

Top Picks

Caudalie Divine Oil: This luxurious blend of grape, hibiscus, sesame, and argan oils also features Caudalie’s signature antioxidant grape-seed polyphenols. And the fragrant scent of Moroccan and Bulgarian rose, grapefruit, and vanilla is so divine you won’t need any additional fragrance. We also love the luxe glass bottle.

NUXE Multi-Usage Dry Oil Shimmer: The combo of sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut, and macadamia oils plus subtle shimmer make this cult Parisian brand’s version a must for exposed arms and legs. We also like to mix it with tinted moisturizer or apply sparingly to hair for a little extra shine. For the same sheen and moisturizing benefits without the subtle shimmer, opt for NUXE’s original Multi-Usage Dry Oil.

Avène Body Oil: Avène’s mineral-rich thermal spring waters, renowned for centuries in the south of France, infuse this lightweight oil with their healing properties. The clean, slightly woodsy smelling formula also includes antioxidant vitamins A and E to fight free radicals—a key cause of skin damage.

One Love Organics® Aromatic Body Serum: Lest you think the French have cornered the market on body oil, this serum is 100 percent made in the USA. Four heavenly scents—Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, and Rose—are ideal for every situation, from date-night prep (Rose) to a refreshing energy boost (Neroli). Each scent starts with a base of pumpkin seed oil, which contains salicylic acid to smooth skin, and sea buckthorn oils, which boasts antiaging omega 7 acids. The bottles come with an easy to use spray top that even works upside-down, so you can easily reach spots like your ankles and back.

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