Dry oil seems to be all the hype nowadays when it comes to a fast-acting, moisturising product that doesn’t take long to be absorbed in the skin. But what exactly is a ‘dry oil’? How can oil be dry? I hear you ask.
The answer is fairly simple actually! Dry oil is actually oil that you apply to your skin. It still comes in liquid form, and to make life easier, it is usually supplied in spray bottles to deliver an even mist over your limbs, leaving a non-greasy and demi-matte finish. More often than not, dry oils provide a soft fragrance that lasts for quite a long time.
Such oils are termed ‘dry’ because of one of the ingredients in the concoction, Cyclomethicone. It is responsible for leaving the skin soft and silky and it consists of unmodified silicone, hence the satiny feeling on the skin. Being composed of large molecules, Cyclomethicone cannot be absorbed past the epidermis, thereby, the dry oil sits on top of the skin to assist absorption of the oil’s moisturising components through the skin.
Dry oils provide the added benefit of nurturing the skin as they contain jojoba oil, shea butter oil and vitamin E, all of which are well known for their moisturising and nourishing properties. The best results are achieved when using dry body oils right after a shower while your skin is still damp as this ensures moisture is locked in the skin, providing a multi-sensory experience.
Don’t limit the use of dry oils just to moisturise your skin though! The same product can be used to give your hair a glossy feel. Again, thanks to Cyclomethicone which penetrates the hair shaft and locks in moisture.
Would you use a dry oil? I know I do and my skin and hair have never looked better!