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Dry body oils - the fastest way to moisturise in the morning

May 16th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru Google+ Ayesha Muttucumaru / 0 comment


More lightweight and fast-absorbing than rich body creams, a dry body oil is the perfect fix for dry skin when short on time. Here’s our ultimate edit

During a stressful week, body care can often be the first thing to suffer from a bit of neglect, after all, who really has the time to faff around waiting for their body cream to sink in when they’ve got a delay-ridden commute they have to dash out of the door for? If this sounds like a familiar situation, a dry body oil could be just what you’ve been looking for to overcome this particular working week conundrum.

So what exactly is a dry body oil and how does it differ from a ‘wet’ oil such as a massage oil? Typically, they’re faster absorbing, lighter and offer less ‘slip’ and are largely made up of essential fatty acid-rich oils derived from vegetables, seeds and herbs, (making them ideal for a speedy surge of moisture). Common examples include: borage, rosehip seed, sesame, grapeseed and sunflower oils. As dry oils are less heavy, they also have an added degree of multi-tasking versatility, with many light enough to apply to dry hair too without weighing down roots. They’re also great for taming frizz.

Providing the hydrating benefits of an oil minus the oiliness, they’re also especially handy if you’re looking for a lightweight body care swap to see you through the summer months. Here are our top picks.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, £29 for 100ml


Great for: Speedy absorption

Beauty meets fashion in the form of this limited edition of Nuxe’s cult dry body oil designed by French blogger and illustrator, Mademoiselle Stef. As lovely to look at as it is to use, the speed at which it absorbs into skin is impressive (think Usain Bolt in a bottle), with a texture aptly likened to ‘a stocking that you carefully pull up over your leg,’ by the woman behind its polka dot pattern. Containing no less than seven plant oils (camellia, sweet almond, macadamia nut, borage seed, argan, hazelnut and tsubaki) as well as protective vitamin E, its mineral oil and silicone-free formula provides the substance, while its bottle brings the style.

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Kypwell Divine Dry Body Oil, £57.18 for 200ml


Great for: A vegan option

PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan and mineral oil-free, this slightly heavier textured pick feels especially nourishing, without leaving limbs slippy. Containing a cocktail of plant and essential oils, including almond, wheat, borage and lavender, it’s particularly great for times when legs are feeling especially dry.

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Rituals Kapha Dry Oil, £19.50 for 100ml


Great for: Tired muscles

If you’re feeling sluggish, this invigorating dry body oil can definitely help. Inspired by Ayurvedic rituals, ginger and cinnamon work to re-energise tired shoulders and legs by increasing blood flow and circulation, creating a lovely warming sensation on skin. It feels particularly great post-workout or when muscles are feeling especially stiff.

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Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Dry Body Oil, £52 for 100ml


Great for: A perfume swap

Containing notes of bergamot, cedarwood and oud wood, this more potently fragranced dry body oil is the perfect combo of skincare and scent. A more moisturising alternative to your bottle of perfume, it’s fast absorbing and leaves skin soft and silky - particularly great when applied to the neck and décolleté in our experience.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil, from £15.50 for 75ml


Great for: An all-rounder

The body butter from the Creme de Corps range is a personal favourite of mine for the winter months, but after a heatwave hits, I reach for this faster-absorbing alternative. Containing squalane, an olive-derived oil, chosen for its compatibility with skin sebum and avocado, sesame seed and grapeseed oils (the latter being especially high in omega-6 linoleic acid content), it leaves skin soft and hydrated but not greasy. It also smells pretty delicious too thanks to notes of vanilla and almond and is mineral oil and silicone-free too.

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Mauli Sacred Union Scent & Dry Oil, £69 for 100ml


Great for: Stress-relief

From its botanical scent to its ingredients list, this blissful dry body oil is as soothing for skin as it is for senses. Inspired by Eastern wellness practices, the bottle comes finished with three bells, which can be left on or tied on the wrist to act as a gentle reminder to stay present and positive, no matter how stressful life gets. It’s especially great applied straight out of the shower to help lock in moisture - its formula containing omega 6 and 9 fatty acid-rich watermelon seed, antioxidant-rich moringa, softening sandalwood, frankincense, patchouli and jasmine sambac provides a little pocket of calm ahead of a full-on day.

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Liz Earle Superskin Dry Body Oil, £36 for 100ml


Great for: Long-lasting moisture

Containing skin firming alaria esculenta extract from sea algae, essential acid-rich cranberry seed and rosehip oils and borage oil to help skin hold onto moisture, this award-winner carries some hefty skincare credentials. Providing long-lasting hydration when short on time, it leaves skin plumped up and glowy.

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