Body oils are often touted as the most effective way to keep your skin healthy.
While there are many products available that claim to work for you, it’s worth trying different types of oils for a better fit.
The best body oils come from plant sources, such as cocoa butter and coconut oil, and can help reduce inflammation, increase elasticity and strengthen the skin’s surface.
This is especially important when using a sunscreen to protect against UV rays, says dermatologist and wellness expert, Dr. Sarah Kavanagh.
Kavanag says if you’re looking for a natural body oil that can help you stay healthy, try the coconut oil.
“The fact that it’s coconut oil is really helpful in terms of soothing the skin and moisturizing the skin,” she says.
Coconut oil is an extremely moisturizing oil and has a high level of Vitamin E, which is linked to a reduced risk of skin cancer, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Dermatology.
However, it can also cause skin irritation, which can lead to acne.
If you’re using a moisturizer, you can use a mixture of both olive oil and coconut, or you can mix them to get a more natural-looking oil.
If the oil you’re trying to use doesn’t have a high enough level of vitamin E to be suitable for your skin type, use a moisturizing product containing olive or coconut oil instead.
To learn more about how to choose the right oil, check out our list of the top 5 coconut oils.
To use the coconut-based oil, mix 1 tablespoon of the oil with 1 tablespoon water, then let sit for 10 minutes.
After you’re done, you’ll have a thick, smooth, and creamy oil that won’t dry out your skin.
Coconut oils are also good for the skin if you want to protect the skin from sun damage.
“If you’re applying a moisturiser to the skin, you should avoid using coconut oil,” says dermatology expert, Karen Moller.
If using a high-powered moisturizer with a lot of oils, like the Lancome Sensitive Moisturizer, use an oil that has a lower vitamin E content, such a jojoba or coconut.
This can be difficult for some people because it may make them more sensitive to UV rays.
“It may not be the best oil for your face,” says Kavanah.
Instead, look for a moisturising oil that doesn’t contain too much oil, such an olive or avocado.
“You can mix in a little more olive oil to get the same results,” says Dr. Moller, adding that using a coconut oil moisturizer also has benefits for skin protection.
What if you can’t find the right coconut oil?
If you can find a natural coconut oil that contains a higher vitamin E level, such one that contains both the essential fatty acids lauric acid and arachidonic acid, you may be able to use it as a moisturization product instead of the coconut.
“I don’t think the essential oils will be the main benefit for skin health if you only have one coconut oil for moisturizing, but they can certainly help if you have a lot more than one oil in your routine,” says Moller and she recommends trying the jojba or avocado oil.
To find out more about choosing the right oils, see our list: 10 Natural Body Oils That Can Help With Skin Health.
The next step is to find out what you really need.
For the best results, start with your skin’s texture.
“When you apply the oil to the face, you want the skin to feel firm, smooth and soft, not soft and dry,” says skin expert, Kavanach.
If your skin is rough or irritated, use moisturizing products containing jojiba or avocado oils instead.
When using a dry or flaky skin, use oil that’s formulated for your body.
If there are any concerns about how the oil will affect your skin, ask your dermatologist to review the oil.
Dr. Kavans is a certified natural health counselor, and she specializes in treating skin problems such as eczema, acne, and sunburn.
“This oil is incredibly powerful for skin, and it works to keep the skin moist, so the skin doesn’t dry and it’s a great moisturizer,” she explains.
“That’s why I think it’s so important to get your skin tested.”
You may also want to ask your doctor about the use of sunscreen.
“Many people are using sunscreen to keep their skin healthy, but there’s some evidence that the skin may need to be protected from the sun,” says Kim, who is also an author of the new book, “My Skin.”
She also recommends that women use a sunscreens that are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores.
“A lot of the sunscapes are noncomedogenic