How to Maximize the Use of Body Oils

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For a very long time, I didn’t understand the need of body oils. I figured if I apply body lotion already, then why would I need body oils?

And then I went to the U.K. for college and realized how dry my skin can get in heated rooms! That was when I started incorporating body oils into my body care routine more regularly. In fact, even in the summer, when I used to work in an office all day long, I would find dry patches on my shin sometimes. But generally, I think my skin is getting drier and drier as I get older and older.

In the process of learning how to use body oils effectively, I picked up a few tricks that has helped me maximize the benefit of the products, which I’m sharing in this post. Read on to see what they are:

Use it Right After a Hot Shower

One of the most convenient ways, in my opinion, to use a body oil is to apply it onto wet skin right after a hot shower! Your pores open in the steam so it is the best time for your skin to absorb all the nutrients provided by the body oil.

Recently, I’ve started applying a liberal amount of Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Oil on wet skin before I rinse it off and gently pat dry with my towel. Usually I do it before bedtime but sometimes I would do it after a barre or hot yoga class in the morning, too.

The product contains ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoi Oil and is infused with Tiaré flower petals! I love the smell of the oil and how the ingredients together deeply moisturize my skin and give my skin a glow.


Use It Before Body Lotion

For those extra dry patches on my legs, I would then apply another layer of the Coconut Oil Body Lotion on just to lock in the hydration. Palmer’s coconut oil body lotion has high levels of naturally occurring fatty acids and proteins, so the product helps keep the skin looking smooth and healthy. I prefer using the same line of products so that I don’t have a strange mix of a hundred different scents on my body at one time.

Generally, oils should be applied before a creamy product. Using them in the right order can really help maximize the benefits of each product.

Add a Few Drops to Your Lotions

Throughout the day when I want to keep my skin moisturized, I sometimes drop a few body oil into my body lotion, mix it up, and then apply it on my skin for a boost of hydration! I also find it more convenient this way when I’m busy working, because you don’t need to do the application twice.

Sometimes instead of the body lotion, I would add the coconut body oil to Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream, too!

I love adding a few drop of the body oil to my hand cream.

I love adding a few drop of the body oil to my hand cream.


Take a Bath with It

If you’re lucky like me to have a bathtub in my little apartment, then of course you must make good use of it! Taking baths are a great way to relax and unwind, especially in the wintertime. But my skin can get really dry after a hot bath if I don’t moisturize it properly. So to ensure I maximize my “at-home spa time,” I would add a few drops of the body oil into the water! I got this trick from a beautician who specialized in “beauty baths,” and have been loving it so much!

Use it Around Your Cuticles

Body oils are also great for little things like nourishing your cuticles! The coconut oil helps soften dry brittle parts of your skin, so it is a great choice. Warm the oil in your palms or fingers before massaging them into your cuticles to keep them hydrated.

Palmer’s also has a product called the Swivel Stick, which is small to carry around in your bag when you’re out and about or traveling! It’s great for chapped lips, cuticles and dry patches.

What are some of your tips to maximize the use of body oils? Share with me by leaving a comment below!

Thank you for reading!


A few products from Palmer’s new coconut oil line.

A few products from Palmer’s new coconut oil line.

Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.

Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.