Most guys’ grooming regimen revolves around lotions, creams, and pastes. These heavier products help tame hair, nourish skin, and leave you looking and feeling more youthful. However, there’s a lighter product with more potent benefits—one you’ve definitely been overlooking: oils.
Yes, oil. It’s often an ingredient in these lotions and creams, but on its own, oil soaks into your skin more quickly and seamlessly to deliver nutrients, strengthen cells, preserve moisture, and restore brightness (to your hair’s luster or your skin’s overall complexion). And it often does this without leaving behind an oily residue, as you might otherwise suspect.
From beard softeners to odor neutralizers, we rounded up nine different types of grooming oils for your body, featuring our favorite product in each field. One thing you’ll notice is that many of these oils can be used for multiple benefits—if something is nourishing for your face, it’s likely also good for your hair. That’s not always the case, though, so consult with the packaging (i.e. don’t gargle anything but a designated mouth rinse.)