You might think we’re crazy for even remotely suggesting that you use these best body oils on your skin in our tropical weather. But hear us out — oil is good for your skin, and this is especially useful because a good percentage of our population suffers from dry skin despite our humid weather. Chalk it up to showering too many times in a day and spending most of our waking (and sleeping) hours inside an air-conditioned room. Guilty? We thought so.

The majority of us shun any mention of oils in our skincare routine because we think that oils equal oily. That isn’t necessarily the case, as dry oils — which is what body oils are — absorb into dry skin even quicker than rich creams and lotions. In fact, you might even find that the latter tends to leave a greasy residue that has you feeling annoyingly sticky all day long. Thanks to the nonexistent water content in lightweight body oils, they are more emollient and absorb better into the skin.

While there are no wrong ways to apply body oils, there are more efficient ways of application that will make it work better for your skin. One important thing to note if you want optimum absorption (and less stickiness) is to apply the body oil immediately after towelling yourself dry in the shower. If possible, keep that bottle of body oil in the bathroom and apply it all over your body before you leave the bathroom. This leaves less opportunity for the moisture to evaporate from your body after showering. This is because the dampness of the heat in the shower keeps your skin at an optimum level of moisture absorption. Try this method out, and you’ll notice that you can barely feel the body oil on your skin after.

Have we convinced you yet? Say goodbye to dry skin — and flaky legs — and say hello to gorgeously moisturised skin with these best body oils we’ve rounded up for you.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.