For body oil to be most effective, manufacturers will typically recommend that the product be applied while the user’s skin is still damp. Since body oil is obviously oil-based, while other bodylotions are creams are water-based, it is thought to create a barrier against the outside of the skin. The oil barrier may help trap the water from a shower or bath onto the skin so it can sink in and provide extensive moisture, rather than being rubbed off or only lightly moisturizing the very top layer of the skin.
Using body oil as a person’s selected form of moisturizer is generally only recommended for those with extremely flaky, tight, or rough skin. These type of skin issues may not respond well to lighter, water-based moisturizing products because they may not be potent enough to fully saturate the skin‘s dryness. People with normal or oily skin will typically not be advised to use the product because its heavy texture can make their skin feel overly greasy, rather than just smooth. The oil can also clog skin pores and result in pimples for some people, even if they are not acne prone.
Body oil tends to be available in traditional liquid-based versions, as well as dry versions. The traditional liquid-based types usually have water added to the other active ingredients as a way to make application easier; however, they can be messier to handle. Dry body oils typically do not have any added liquids with the active ingredients and instead come packaged in a spray bottle so the product can be spritzed directly onto the skin’s surface with little rubbing. This version tends to be more expensive and more difficult to find than the traditional kind.