Want to know my hot take about skincare? Well, here it is: We really don't pay attention to the skin on our body as much as we should. While, yes, our face should probably be number one in the skincare priority list, bodycare is often an afterthought or no thought at all. Am I the only one who thinks this?
Listen, I'm guilty of it. Most of the time I just slather on body lotion like it's another chore I have to do and call it a day. But recently, the skin on my body has started to freak out a bit. Instead of developing eczema on just my hands and arms, I've been noticing it pop up (very unsightly, I must say) on my back and thighs. As someone who's had a good track record with smooth skin in those areas, it's annoying. So I've started to pay more attention to bodycare products.
While moisturizing and exfoliating are so important when it comes to the skin on your body, sometimes you might need a little bit more help when your skin is starting to look dull or saggy. And that's where a firming body oil might come in handy.
I was never one to even consider a body oil because I thought that they were just extra greasy and unnecessary. But there are some amazing products that are the complete opposite of what I thought and have some pretty cool benefits.
A firming body oil is supposed to tone and tighten the skin, making it look healthier. A lot of these oils have ingredients like vitamins, essential oils, and other good-for-the-skin ingredients that can smooth the skin and help repair its natural barrier. And when your skin is healthier, that means it's plumper and firmer. It's important to note, though, that the results can be temporary and you'll have to use them on the regular for best results.
If you want something more permanent, you'll want to visit a dermatologist to see what your options are for in-office procedures. But overall, if you want to keep your skin healthy, why not try adding body oil to your routine. Take a look at some highly rated ones below.
1. Osea Undaria Algae Body Oil
Osea's body oil is a best seller and favorite with both our staffers and readers. It's a lightweight oil that contains Undaria seaweed, açaí, and passionfruit to deeply hydrate the skin plus firm and smooth texture.
2. Omorovicza Firming Body Oil
Not only does this body oil firm and hydrate the skin, but it also reduces the appearance of stretch marks and boosts collagen. Ingredients include essential oils and vitamins A and E.
3. Nivea Q10 Body Oil Firming + Stretch Marks
The hero ingredient in Nivea's firming body oil is coenzyme Q10, which has antioxidant benefits to protect the skin from environmental stressors that can contribute to the skin aging process.
4. Clarins Tonic Body Firming Treatment Oil
Made with 100% pure plant extracts like rosemary, geranium, and mint plus hazelnut oil, this product is a favorite with expectant mothers since it's so good at improving elasticity, firmness, and the appearance of stretch marks.
5. Éminence Organic Skin Care Stone Crop Body Oil
The Indian gooseberry in Éminence's body oil firms and tones the skin while also helping it retain moisture. Other ingredients include arnica, rose-hip, and avocado oils to moisturize and minimize the look of stretch marks and dark spots.
6. Elemis Cellutox Active Body Oil
If cellulite is something you want to target, try this body oil, which uses botanical extracts to detoxify, flush excess water, tone, firm, and revitalize. The formula includes juniper oil, seabuckthorn, fennel oil, and lemon peel oil.
7. Costa Brazil Kaya Jungle Firming Oil
Rich in omega-3, -6, and -9 plus vitamins A and E, Costa Brazil's body oil promotes firmer, healthier skin. It also smells really good, with notes of sacred white and black breu resin, wild jungle floral, crushed cypress root and Brazilian vetiver—you'll feel like you're transported to the Amazon rainforest when you apply this product.
8. Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Vitalizing Body Oil
The sunflower- and jojoba-seed oils in this option provide rich moisture so your skin can become firmer and more toned. You'll also love its scent of lemon peel and lemongrass extracts, which is so refreshing and soothing. The formula also contains mistletoe to soothe sensitivity and horsetail to strengthen and promote healing.
9. The Body Shop Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil
The Body Shop's firming and toning body oil is fast-absorbing and can also be used as a massage oil. It's infused with makrut lime, which is a Thai ingredient that invigorates the senses.
10. Frank Body Booty Drops Firming Body Oil
Packed with caffeine, this body oil will firm and "perk up" the skin. It's also formulated with guarana to energize, carrot-root extract to hydrate, and grape-seed and jojoba oils to moisturize. You can use it directly on the skin or mixed with your favorite body lotion.
More Firming Body Products
This drugstore firming lotion is a best seller, and it has over 13,000 ratings and 4.5 out of five stars on Amazon. Ingredients include cocoa butter to moisturize, raw shea butter to nourish, and vitamin E to improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
Kayo's body serum is made with a botanical firming complex to firm, tone, and smooth the skin. It's also deeply hydrating, with hyaluronic acid and an omega oil blend.
This product is all about the arms. It's formulated to visibly reduce fluid accumulation, promote collagen synthesis, nourish, and boost oxygenation. You'll find that your skin is de-puffed and firmer-looking after using this.
According to the manufacturer, you should be able to see firmer skin and improved elasticity in two weeks when you use this lotion regularly. It contains CoQ10 and vitamin C for amazing antioxidant benefits.
Éminence's body lotion is formulated to boost collagen production and tighten the skin. It also contains moisturizing and nourishing ingredients like coconut milk, coconut water, botanical hyaluronic acid, she butter, and grape-seed oil.
Aveeno's body lotion is enriched with a shiitake mushroom complex and wheat protein to improve texture and elasticity. It's lightweight and non-greasy, too.
In addition to firming ingredients and antioxidants, this body emulsion is also infused with Philosophy's super-popular scent, Amazing Grace, so you'll smell good too.
The key ingredient in this body moisturizer is apple extract, which is rich in vitamins and zinc and works to nourish and leave your skin with a healthy glow. It also contains essential oils to boost elastin production.
This ultra-thick moisturizer soothes dry and sensitive skin, leaves a glowy finish, and firms.
Clarins's firming lotion is formulated with lemon thyme for elasticity, shea butter for moisture, and centella and bocoa extracts to firm and refresh.
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Hi, everyone. I’m Sarah! I was born and raised in Los Angeles, spent 12 years going to school and working in New York City (got my BA in journalism from NYU), and made the move back to L.A. to work at THE/THIRTY. I’ve had 10 years of experience covering lifestyle and wellness, with editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). Most of my days are spent writing and editing stories about eating healthy, the latest wellness and self-care trends, the newest (and coolest) workouts, and the best fitness gear that will actually make you want to exercise. I love all the topics we cover at THE/THIRTY, but I especially love writing about mental health—I think that’s one of the most important topics right now and something I am passionate about (and also continuously working on myself!). As for self-care, I stick to these five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, a good book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating my apartment. When I’m not working, I love trying new restaurants with friends, listening to history and true crime podcasts, and enjoying an occasional Netflix binge.
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