What is a Dry Oil?

Dry body oil (most often in spray form, but not always) is actually an oil that you just spray on your skin. A veil of mist helps the oil-based treatment spread evenly across long limbs and lean arms, leaving a non-greasy, almost demi-matte yet softly scented finish.

The effortless glint is result of one of its key ingredients: cyclomethicone. It’s the component that leaves the skin feeling soft and silky once you apply the dry oil. Cyclomethicone is a versatile substance consisting of unmodified silicone, which gives is that ‘slip’ of a feel. Scientists say the molecules cannot be absorbed past the upper skin cells because they are too large. Thus, the dry body oil attaches to the top layer of the skin to assist the moisturizing components adhere to the skin such that they might be absorbed and fortify skin with nourishing ingredients. It is called dry because it is a lighter type of oil that leaves a satin, rather than slick finish.

Most dry body oils contain fresh accords of essential and/or botanicals (think jojoba oil, shea butter oil, and vitamin E oils). These can add to the health of your skin by providing ultraviolet light protection and thereby avoiding damaging sunburns. Fret not, lovelies – using dry oils is no different than any other spray. Just point and shoot. Spray the oil over any body area from your head to toe. If you are likely to apply it to your face, make sure to take precautions such that it doesn’t get in your eyes. It is not that versatile of the substance.

Achieve the best results by pouring a dry oil right after showering. Just spray on a thin layer and allow the remaining water on your body to lock in the added moisture for a multisensory experience. An added perk of a great dry oil spray is that it can also be used to soften and moisturize your hair. Because of cyclomethicone, dry oil sprays can penetrate the hair shafts and bring in elements that will give hair that desired glossy feel and look.