Dry Oil: Understanding The Oxymoron

Confused by the expression "dry oil"? You're not alone. A lot of body oils tout this term on their labels, but what exactly does that mean?

Dry oil differs from traditional body oil in that it contains small amounts of water or none at all, as well as basic sediments, leaving just the pure lipids from the oil on the skin.

Sometimes referred to as clean oil, dry oils are best for those who want the moisturizing effects of an oil without the greasy finish. Traditional body oils and even body creams take longer to absorb, but dry oil dries quickly without any residue. However, the scent may fade just as quickly as the oil absorbs.

Dry oil often leaves a sheen on the skin because of cyclomethicone, a clear silicone that acts as a carrier. This component evaporates quickly and helps to deliver oil into the top layer of the epidermis.

Dry oils work best on normal to dry skin types. If your skin is extremely dry or tends to get ashy, it may not provide the long-term moisture than a thick cream can.