What is a "Dry" Body Oil?

Natural Body Oils That Are Good For Your Skin

There’s a great deal of “buzz” surrounding the launch of Ayr Skin Care’s Tranquility Dry Body Oil, and one of the main questions that we are asked is, “what is the difference between a body oil, and a dry body oil?”. What even is dry body oil? Let’s take a look at the world of oils!

Types of Oils in Skin Care

There are many types of natural body oils that are good for your skin. Each one has a unique footprint, which is based on its fatty acid profile. The properties of the oil add something unique, whether it is thickness, a tacky feel, glide, quick absorption, dry after-feel, etc.

Some oils are “wet”, which means that the profile of the oil allows it to stay on the surface of the skin longer before skin penetration. There are many reasons why a product, like massage oil, for example, would want more “play time” on the skin before the oil was absorbed. When a masseuse is doing massage, they want the oil to spread easily, and be on the skin for a longer period of time, so that they can use less oil and their hands can glide over the skin. Usually in spa type settings, massage oils end up being a blend of many oils, including sweet almond, olive, fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed and sunflower.

Oils also can have a few negative things to consider. Some seed oils, like sunflower and canola, are bleached through their processing. That’s why Ayr Skin Care does not use those oils. We also choose not to use grapeseed oil only because it has a shelf life of about 3 months, and this short shelf life outweighs its use to us personally in formulating. Olive oil, although a little thick in viscosity, has a long play time and is used around the world for moisturizing, but it does have a strong smell, and therefore is almost always used in a blend of oils. The smell of carrier oils is an important consideration, because most formulations end up having essential oils or fruit extracts with delicate scents in them. Strong smelling carrier oil totally changes the smell of the finished product.

Some natural oils are closer to being waxes. Jojoba oil, for example, is more like a liquid wax which gives it a unique quality in formulating. The structure of jojoba oil makes it very similar to the natural oil makeup of our skin, so it is very popular in skin care products. It is nourishing, non-sticky, has little to no odor, and absorbs quickly.

Castor oil is very unique. It is the thickest in viscosity. It contains up to 90% rininoleic acid, in addition to other fatty acids. Rininoleic acid, an unsaturated omega 9 fatty acid is antimicrobial and may be one of the best fatty acids for acne and scar tissue repair. Castor oil may stimulate collagen and elastin production in aging skin. In our Dead Sea body bar and Calm Facial bar, castor is not only used for the properties above, but also helps give the bars a bit of bubble!

So What is Dry Body Oil?

Now that we know that there are many fatty acids and qualities to consider, how do we determine which to use in a natural dry body oil for skin? A “dry oil” is one that is readily absorbed, and has minimal play time on the skin. It is the opposite of the oils mentioned above for massage. Although any oil could be massaged into skin after showering, some would take forever to absorb into the skin, which might be fun if it’s 80 degrees in your bathroom and you have nowhere to go, but have less appeal if it’s a cold winter morning and you need to leave for work! There are also some oils that stain clothing, so a quick absorbing oil blend is what you want in a dry body oil. These are the sorts of oils that are chosen when blending our Tranquility Dry Body Oil. What are a couple of our favorite ones?

Macadamia nut oil is a rare and wondrous natural body oil for skin. Rich in oleic acid (omega 9) and linoleic acid (omega 6) as well as palmitoleic acid, it seems to have every benefit for the skin. It contains natural squalene, an antioxidant which naturally occurs in young skin. As we age past 30 or so, our natural antioxidants reduce, and leave our skin open for early aging and dryness. Macadamia nut oil adds back in the antioxidants, helps balance the moisture in the skin, making it soft, and discourages new wrinkles from forming.

Evening Primrose oil offers many of the same anti-aging benefits for skin. We like to use the oil and the concentrated extract for maximum mature skin benefits in many skin care formulations. It has a great fatty acid profile, is associated with reduction of hyper-pigmentation, hormone balancing, (which always means it is good for acne), and keeps dry skin moist. Moist skin equals less chance for wrinkles!

What Inspired Our Dry Body Oil?

A question that I get asked often is “what inspired this product?” Inspiration for this natural dry body oil for skin came from a combination of two things. First of all, although I love body butter, and make and use it frequently, there were just times when I didn’t want to wait for the body butter to absorb. I had played with a variety of lotions and creams, and was happier saving those for my hands and nails. Secondly, I had been to a variety of high end spas, and seen body oils for sale, many of them over $100, which seemed great, but then contained things like sunflower oil, soy oil, or wheat germ oil. I am allergic to soy and wheat, so those two were out, and I refused to use sunflower oil, because of the processing (see above). When I did find one that had good quality oils, 9 out of 10 times it had synthetic fragrances in it.

All natural dry body oils for skin are not alike! There seems to be a wave of new inexpensive beauty lines trying to get into the dry body oil marketplace. Unfortunately, the main oils used seem to be the over processed, bleached kind, mixed with synthetic fragrances. We don’t use these cheap oils, and we don’t use synthetic fragrances, but what would this be like with decadent, rich oils and natural essential oils? We had to know! We added a unique essential oil blend that relaxes the body and mind and Tranquility Dry Body oil was born!

We hope you will give the dry body oil experience a try, and we think you will be pleased when you do. Enjoy a spa experience….right at home!

Bye for now!

Kirsten xx

If you have any questions or comments, we would be happy to answer you personally! Please contact us at info@ayrskincare.com.