Dry Oil: The New Way To Moisturise

Dry Oil: The New Way To Moisturise

Skincare Spotlight: Dry Oil



While moisturizers are great, Dry Oil aces the skin nourishment game!

Ours is a bittersweet relationship with oils. We love the nourishment oils provide to our skin and hair but the sticky-icky feeling, not so much. We enjoy their fragrance and ability to deeply moisturize but not the sheen. I’ve always hoped that someone could come up with a plan to eliminate what we don’t like about oils while retaining all of its good qualities.

Enter: Dry Oil {Your skin’s new BFF}

What comes to the mind when you think of oil? A slick and viscous liquid? Include the word dry before it, and it sounds like a paradoxical expression, doesn’t it? In what manner would a substance be able to be both wet and dry?

I wanted to find out, so I ordered a bottle of dry oil for myself. This oil is meant to nourish your skin and hair while adding a bit of shine but without leaving it sticky or greasy. Intrigued by the promise I used it on my hair a few times and realized that it was truly effective!

Now that I knew it could be great for my hair {and perhaps my skin}, I had a lot of questions about how it was actually possible for oil to work in this manner.




Solving the Mystery: What Is Dry Oil? {My findings}

As it turns out, dry oils are essentially oils ~ but the magic is in the texture. Although I am sure it is the job of a playful marketer to have clubbed the words dry and oil together, the truth is that the word ‘dry’ does not describe the oil itself. Instead it is meant to describe the way your skin and hair absorb the oil allowing them to be nourished and moisturized without the sticky feeling.

Traditional oils are laced with waxes and emulsifiers that make them heavy and leave a residue after your skin absorbs nourishment from them {thereby clogging your pores}. Dry oils on the other hand are free of these heavier ingredients making them non-greasy, lightweight and easier to absorb.


Why I love them 🙂

There is no hiding the fact that we all love well-nourished skin / hair. And while skin and hair oils are known for being nourishing and moisturizing, those benefits sometimes come with some undesirable slip and shine. And to tell you the truth, I feel that we were somehow settling for them only because the perfect solution wasn’t available yet.

Dry oils are quick to work, and with a shorter rundown of ingredients than a potent serum, they deliver an equal measure of nourishment as your favourite body lotion / hair oil, without the additional weight. Furthermore, in case you’re one for heaping on moisturizer, dry oils don’t require a lot of massaging in and will not leave your skin parched before your day comes to an end.




Using Dry Oil

Depending on the brand you use, dry oils will usually come in a variety of blends catering to a specific set of uses. If one works great on your hair, the other may be great for very dry skin and yet another would be suitable for overnight oiling. The main objective of all these oils is to provide you with adequate nourishment effortlessly, and to help you enjoy glowing skin and lustrous hair without the ~ yes 🙂 ~ greasy feel.

I would recommend using your dry oil right after you shower, when your skin is still damp and able to absorb more nutrients. Lightly mist the parts of your body that could use a little extra love, and then gently work the oil into your skin. You will need a very small amount of the oil for your face. Rub it on the palms of your hands before massaging it in.

My hair loves the nourishment it gets through my regular use of dry oil as an overnight treatment. I apply dry oil to my hair at night and wash it out in the morning for soft and sleek hair.




What do you think of dry oils – love it or leave it?  Share in the comments below or tweet me.

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  • This is a brilliant introduction and elucidation of dry oils. I am surprised at how well they work when you use them routinely. Thanks for doing what you do, Tanya! 🙂

  • Thanks for the great post, Tanya! I have been using serum with moisturiser at morning and night. I used to apply oil on my face and can’t recall why I stopped. I am currently reconsidering getting dry oils especially for my parched skin!

  • What an incredible post! All this while I thought a toner and lotion were sufficient for my day to day skincare routine. Thank you for clarifying the use of dry oils in this simple yet detailed manner. 🙂

  • Tanya, thank you for the detailed explanation, as it facilitates to know which products I ought to use on my skin. Thanks for sharing this post!

  • Such an informative blog entry! I am presently using a serum, so it would appear that I may need to include a facial oil with a specific end goal to address my skin concerns.

  • Very well articulated, Tanya! I love applying dry oil after a warm shower, particularly in winter! Its results are instantaneous and it has done wonders for my skin. 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing this article, Tanya. Everyone seems to be applauding dry oils, and there is nothing out there negative about it. Keep up the good work and thank you once again!

  • I love moisturizers and elixirs and all the skin care products out there. Be that as it may, over the last couple of months I’ve needed to be more natural and have been using coconut oil and sesame seed oil for full body moisturizing.

  • These are great tips… My skin’s elasticity and tone have improved markedly since incorporating oil into my regime. I haven’t tried dry oil yet so that will be my next purchase!

  • Perfect! Love the application tips. I’m excited and appreciative, as I was surely was not making the best choice for my skin here… Thank you!

  • Really interesting read, thank you, Tanya! I’ve been using serums, but I’m thinking about trying dry oils now. I am really looking forward to starting an effective skin care routine 🙂

  • This is one of only a handful of amazing articles I have perused about dry oils. Any opportunity to use something good on my body that helps my skin significantly is great! Thank you!

  • In recent years I have been changing over to natural skin care products and can’t express how much better my skin is for it, and how much more settled it looks. What goes on your skin is just as essential as the food you put into your body. ❤️

    • Thanks Holly. Absolutely it is! Keep reading the labels and telling your friends and family as well 🙂 Best of health to you!

  • Thanks for the tip! My secret is to use two or three drops of my facial dry oil in combination with a few of drops of serum. It works a charm to lock in moisture and keeps my skin more hydrated and plump throughout the day.

    • Different things work for different people, for sure. If this combination works for you, then awesome! Thanks for sharing, Tayrina.

  • Adore dry oil. Not only does it work wonders for my skin but additionally enables me to feel confident and refreshed after every use. Highly recommend!

  • This post is perfect and is inspiring me to briefly cut out my body lotions and include some every-day dry oil. I will be saving this for reference. Thank you!

  • I use virgin coconut oil for my skin and it has completely replaced my creams! It doesn’t leave any residue behind if I apply it in optimum qty… Is that what you refer to a ‘dry oil’? 🙂

    • A feature I really like when it comes to EVCO is that it actually absorbs quite quickly without leaving any overbearing residue. But that does not make it dry oil, Shongruff 🙂 Like I’ve mentioned in my post, dry oil simply refers to a lightweight formula that is instantly absorbed. The Body Shop carries a Coconut Nourishing Dry Oil For Body & Hair that you may perhaps like to try, to understand the difference. 🙂

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