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Body oiling: The best solution for your dry and flaky skin in winter

In winter, your facial skin may have a number of products to quench its thirst, but your body may feel ignored. Turn to body oiling for a healthy skin.
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These benefits of body oiling may go beyond just moisturizing. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shifa Khan Published: 19 Jan 2022, 07:01 pm IST
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Have you seen white lines on your arms and legs every time you get scratched a bit? Those white lines are a cry for help, ladies! As winter is in full force and it seems like the sun has gone away on a vacation, your skin problems are exceeding each day. The cold wind and temperature drop may pull your glow down. To amp up your skincare routine in winter, you need to add another step in your beauty regime. Body oiling, it is!

Adding in to winter woes, you may notice itchiness, dry spots, skin pulling and even cracked heels and hands. Body oiling can be a nourishing solution to your winter skin troubles.

To stamp on this healthy practice, Dr Nivedita Dadu, renowned dermatologist, Founder and Chairman of Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic, spoke to HealthShots.

“During winter, our skin becomes dry and itchy due to excessive loss of moisture. Not putting any moisturizing lotion or oil during the dry winter season can even make the skin conducive to bleeding owing to the damage caused to the blood vessels. Oils have been used since ancient times in skincare and are not just a great pick for massages but also for moisturising, tightening the skin and reducing stretch marks.” says Dr Dadu.

Nothing can beat the feeling wherein you have applied your favourite body oil on a Sunday morning while basking in the sun. We know how comforting that sounds, but there are more health and skincare benefits attached to body oiling.

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It’s not just the aroma of body oils, but its various properties that work like magic. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are 5 benefits of using body oils everyday:

1. Maintains your skin’s elasticity

It is evident that body oiling moisturizes your skin. However, It helps to treat irritated skin, stretch marks, cellulite, or loss of elasticity too. Body oils are loaded with complex lipids that help to improve the elasticity of skin as well as accelerate cell regeneration.It also helps in reducing skin irritation. Not to forget, the after-glow that remains!

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2. Increases the blood circulation

Massaging your skin drives your blood to the surface, anyway. But when done with an oil, your body absorbs the goodness and skin nutrients in it better. It avoids That’s not all – body oils offer the perfect way to relax your mind and improve your body’s overall health. “It improves the blood circulation as well as works as a unique detox for the skin by flushing out all the stress-induced concerns,” says Dr Dadu.

3. Locks in moisture

Body oil tends to seep into your skin and locks the moisture. Body oil helps keep the skin hydrated and not to mention, they can penetrate each and every cell of the skin. That’s not all, they enhance the quality of your skin by providing constant moisture.

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Bothered by that itchy sensation and flakiness of skin? Get rid of it by slathering on generous amounts of body oil . Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Corrects your skin barrier

Body oils are loaded with essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and create a protective barrier from pollutants and free radicals, thereby giving you a luminous, healthy skin.

5. Fades away the scars

According to Dr Dadu, body oiling helps in fading scars and can remove stretch marks from the body. Massaging your body daily with rosehip and carrot seed oil can help you get rid of scars and body acne marks.

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6. Calms the mind

Body oiling is extremely good for aromatherapy as well. The calming and soothing fragrance of essential oils makes it easy for the body to rest and relax after a stressful day. Body oiling during winter makes moisture easy to seep into the skin. Therefore, even a one-time application lasts all day long. It makes the skin look and feel beautifully nourished and smooth with an added bonus of calming the mind.

The last word

While there are multiple skin and health benefits associated with body oiling, there’s no right time to indulge in this skincare practice. Grab on your favourite essential oil anytime you want and soothe your angry and irritated skin. Choose skincare oils like lavender and patchouli to calm your senses. Body oils with ingredients like shea butter and macadamia nut oil can moisturize and keep your skin healthy during the driest winter months.

Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long day at work or just moisturize your skin after a long hot shower, body oiling is an ideal pick.

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An aesthete and a skincare junkie, Shifa spends most of her time cooking delish food while wearing a sheet mask. At HealthShots, she creates high-octane content that can leave you all a little intrigued! ...Read More

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