Many shy away from body oils because they can’t imagine they are useful outside a Swedish massage. Who wants to walk around all day with shiny, greasy skin-slipping and sliding in their peep-toe pumps? Nobody. Not all body oils are the same, however. Dry body oil is different.
Dry oils are different from traditional body oils (even creams and lotions) in that they contain small amounts of water, or none at all, and basic sediments, leaving just the pure lipids from the oil on the skin. “They leave a sheen on the skin because of the cyclomethicone evaporates quickly and helps to carry oil onto the top layer of the skin,” says skin care expert Deb DePiano, owner of Los Angeles DePiano Skin.
Who do they work best for? Those who want the moisture of an oil without the greasy residue. “Regular body creams take longer to absorb. But dry oil dries quickly without oily remains,” say DePiano. If you have extremely dry skin that tends to get ashy, however, dry oil may not provide as intense moisturizing benefits as a thicker cream can.
One of our favorites? June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Dry Body Oil Body Spray ($45). It not only hydrates the skin, but conditions it with squalene while white, red, and green tea extracts neutralize free radicals and protect against environmental damage.
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