We’ve been using Johnson’s Baby Oil since we were, well…babies! Specially formulated for infants, this magic oil is mild enough to use on even the most sensitive of skin. While it was originally created to moisturize and massage babies, it has TONS of other uses as well. Before people knew about the harmful effects of the sun, baby oil was slathered on the bod to promote that crisp brown hue. These days, eye makeup remover, makeup brush cleaner, cuticle moisturizer, and shaving solution are all some of baby oil’s alter egos.
Baby oil is a star product in its own right, but there is so much more that oil can do. Dr. Dennis Gross, founder of his namesake skincare line, explains: “Oils have their own areas of expertise. For instance, they can be antioxidants or soothing agents, but an oil’s ultimate goal is to moisturize. Oils have been innovated to no longer have the side effects that are traditionally associated with oils, like sitting on skin or a leaving a residue.”
So, we know that oils are real overachievers, but which are the best ones? And for what purpose? We investigate:
If you are in the market for an all-purpose moisturizer, pick up SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Oil ($10). You can’t beat the price, or the multitude of uses.
To clean your body while also moisturizing, try L’Occitane Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil with Almond Oil ($25). It foams into a rich lather, and can also double as a shaving cream. The scent is incredibly mild, so you may even catch your boyfriend stealing it.
REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil ($65) is an indulgent and relaxing way to moisturize, leaving your skin with an intoxicating rose. For added moisturizing benefits, apply when your skin is still damp post bath or shower.
Most everyone can use a little extra vitamin D, especially this time of year. That’s where Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil ($65) comes into play. This oil-serum is great for added moisture and elasticity. It won’t congest pores, and it leaves the complexion with that radiating-from-within effect.
As far as anti-aging treatments go, Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil ($125) is basically the gold standard. Because it is a dry oil, it gives an amazing glow without a hint of greasiness.
Oil has proven to be one of the best ways to remove makeup. Vapour Organic Beauty Clarity Cleansing Oil ($32) takes off makeup without stripping away any moisture.
Gone are the days of using oil to maximize sun exposure. Instead, protect your skin with Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil SPF 50 ($26).
While amazing for your skin, oil cannot be overlooked for your tresses. Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil ($30) will soothe a dry, itchy scalp. For weightless shine, try Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil ($38).
-Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar