The Best Shower Oils to Use Instead of Basic Body Wash
Why You Should Switch to a Shower Oil
You probably remember your first encounter with an oil cleanser. The concept of washing your face with oil (especially if you have oily skin) seemed totally crazy when it first became popular. But, it turned out to make total scientific sense. That's because oil dissolves oil, making cleansing oils a great way to eliminate not only makeup but also the general dirt and grime," explains dermatologist Hadley King, M.D. But beyond that, oils are nourishing for the skin, too. "Regular soap with detergent ingredients strips skin of its natural oils and leaves the skin dry and irritated," says Dr. King. (Related: How to Find the Perfect Face Oil for Your Skin)
In recent years, body care has gained ground as people come to understand that taking care of their body's largest organ means all of it—aka all that skin below the neck, too. Enter: shower oils. As with facial cleansing oil, shower oils offer better skin benefits for your body, as well. "Regular body wash can strip the skin of natural oils, whereas shower oils not only don't strip but replenish moisture," says dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D. So basically, if you're looking for clean, hydrated skin, these body cleansing oils are the answer. Here are the best shower oils to swap into your bar soap.
Kopari Coconut Shower Oil
This silky, light shower oil smells like a tropical vacation—so that's its first win. It's rich in antioxidants from coconut, passionfruit seed, and avocado oils, all of which protect and hydrate your whole body leaving it feeling silky smooth and soft.
L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil
This classic product comes out of the bottle like a liquidy oil but transforms into frothy milk as it comes into contact with water. Moisturizing (with, unsurprisingly, almond oil) as it cleanses, skin is left smooth and with a hint of the addictive almond scent—which smells kind of like a French patisserie.
Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau Shower Oil
Sophisticated fragrance junkies will love this luxe formula from Diptyque. The luxurious blend of roses and blackcurrant makes the simple act of showering a delight. It fills the shower with the delicious blend of herbaceous and floral notes, while the oil-meets-foam texture restores the skin.
Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash
Another option for fragrance lovers, this orange blossom neroli scented oil wash is Glossier's only body cleanser. It's blend of coconut, meadowfoam, olive, and soybean oils soften, sesame oil soothes and purifies, grapeseed oil is rich in antioxidants, and finally, sunflower seed oil helps maintain the skin barrier and lock in moisture.
Skinfix Foaming Oil Body Wash
This do-no-harm oil wash is the perfect pick for sensitive skin types and even eczema-prone skin. With its fragrance-free blend of aloe vera juice and gentle oils like jojoba, sunflower, and apricot kernel, the skin is left soothed and hydrated—never irritated. (Here, more picks from derm-approved Skinfix, which is now available at Sephora.)
YSL Mon Paris Shower Oil
This oil formulation is thicker than others on the list, making it a perfect balance between a shower gel and a more liquidy oil wash. If you want your body wash to act as your perfume too, this blend of warm florals, musk, patchouli, and raspberry, will do the trick.
Rituals The Ritual of Karma Shower Oil
Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil
This formula is both eczema-safe and a good value at just under $20 for one liter. Plus, you get to add a French pharmacy mainstay to your shower routine. The vegetal biolipids in this formula create a protect film on the skin's surface, which work to strengthen the skin barrier—keeping skin hydrated and irritants away.