What Is A Dry Oil And Are You Using It Properly?

So you’ve decided to try a dry oil in your skincare routine but you’re still puzzled by what it means. You ask yourself the questions: “What is a dry oil?”, “If dry oils exist, are there also wet oils?” and finally, “How can something even be both liquid and dry at the same time?” We know it’s a quite a mystery to unravel, so let’s delve into the paradox of dry oils and help you find some answers.

What Is A Dry Oil?

These oils – which tend to be high in polyunsaturated fatty acids – are not only quick absorbing but also lightweight and don’t leave a heavy or sticky feeling on the skin.It’s easier to understand the name “dry oil” when we explain that the dryness refers less to the characteristic of the oil and more to the finish that the oil leaves. According to NewBeauty, dry oils are body oils that are so fast absorbing, they sink “instantly into skin without leaving any residue.” These oils – which tend to be high in polyunsaturated fatty acids – are not only quick absorbing but also lightweight and don’t leave a heavy or sticky feeling on the skin.MindBodyGreen lists commonly used dry oils as avocado, borage, rosehip seed, squalene, sesame, grapeseed, safflower, camelina, sunflower and evening primrose. Eminence Organics Wildflower Ultralight Oil from our new Wildflower Collection is a beautiful example of a dry body oil that uses evening primrose oil as a key ingredient. This dry oil provides sheer moisture that the skin drinks in, and immediately leaves a smooth, satin finish.

What Is A Wet Oil?

If there are dry oils in skin care, wet oils must exist as well. “Wet oils” are, in fact, the term for oils that linger on the surface and are slow to absorb. Examples of wet oils include neem, coconut, castor, jojoba, tamanu, baobab, sweet almond, hemp seed and apricot kernel. Although they are effective for providing moisture all over the body, they tend to stay on the skin, leaving it slick and a greasy peril to your clothing. On the plus side, these heavy oils are perfect for reducing transepidermal water loss. If you’re battling skin that’s extremely dry or dehydrated, wet oils are a perfect solution.

How To Use A Dry Oil

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SOURCE: Chester, K., Y. (2018, June 18). Eminence Organic Skin Care. What Is A Dry Oil And Are You Using It Properly? Retrieved from https://eminenceorganics.com/ca/blog/2018/06/18/what-dry-oil-and-are-you-using-it-properly

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