I am not sure what you’d picture dry oil to be, but the very first time I was introduced to the term, I imagined some sort of oil that feels dry to touch (I know, it’s absurd!). Little did I know, dry oil is not, in fact, “dry” — it acts like pretty much every other oil, but it reacts differently to your skin. 

So what is a dry oil and how do we use it effectively? Keep on reading and you’ll learn everything about it.

What Is Dry Oil?

The term dry oil refers to an oil that absorbs quickly when it comes in contact with the skin or hair. If you ever used a face oil that absorbed quickly into the skin, and didn’t leave a greasy, rather heavy feeling, chances are it was a dry one. 

So, what are the dry oils to look for? There is avocado oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, and rosehip oil, just to name a few. If some of these sound familiar, that’s probably because they’re ingredients in your beauty products! 

On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have wet oils (the ones you’re probably familiar with) — these are the oils that don’t absorb quickly, and stay on your skin for longer (such as massage oil).

How to Find It

Dry oil often comes in the form of a spray, which makes application extremely easy and efficient. Some brands offer it in a dropper bottle or even in shampoos and moisturizers. However, the one I would highly recommend is the spray bottle, because it is the most practical and easy-to-use.

Hydrate Your Hair and Scalp

Dry oil is the best natural remedy for frizzy hair. It will calm your wild mane, moisturize it and give it a beautiful shine. Furthermore, it will not leave your scalp feeling oily or heavy. The best use would be to apply a few drops on your hair while it’s still wet, then massage it in with your hands. But if you just want to add a little shine to dull, dry hair, rub a few drops between the palms of your hands then run them through your hair. 

Make Your Skin Shine 

With such amazing hydrating properties, dry oil can really work wonders on your skin. Moreover, it can boost collagen production, and thus help fight the signs of aging. One way you could use it is by applying it right after a hot shower for a deep moisturizing effect, and a natural skin glow. Alternatively, you could use it on your skin daily to keep it hydrated.

Nourish Your Nails and Cuticles 

Similar to how the oil works on your hair and skin, your nails will benefit from the same nutrifying properties. Apply a few drops of oil on your hands, and make sure that you massage it into the cuticles and all along the nail plate to heal exfoliating nails and dry cuticle skin.

Final Words: Dry Oil Is the Best Oil

For an everyday use, dry oil is a great natural alternative to chemical-filled lotions and beauty products. Also, its non-greasy, delicate and quick-absorbing properties make it ideal for your skin or hair.