If you are one of those who have already heard a lot about dry oils, but do not understand much what it is and how they differ from the usual oils, we suggest you figure it out together. The first thing that probably confused you was the word "dry". Are you sure about butter? How can a substance, liquid in nature, be at the same time dry? In order not to wander for a long time among vague formulations, we talk about the most important thing: what are dry oils, what is their feature and how to get the best from them for your beauty.
What is dry oil
Despite the fact that the name is based on an obvious oxymoron, the substance it designates has a number of stable and clearly defined properties. First of all, it is worth noting that the word "dry" does not mean the physical state of the substance, but about the effect it has when used. Dry oils are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, so that when applied to the skin, they are absorbed with extreme speed - so quickly that they hardly have time to leave behind "traces" - an unpleasant sensation of stickiness on the skin and unabsorbed oil residue.
Ease of application, absorption and sensation after use is the main plus, which speaks for the fact that at the first occasion, to purchase this familiar cosmetic product with an unusual name (read also: "Olive oil for skin and hair: 5 beauty life hacks"). Among dry oils, avocado, rosehip, sesame, grape and sunflower seed oils are especially popular. Which of this list should you prefer first? Here the instructions give way to your taste and preference for certain flavors and their notes.
Dry and natural oil: what's the difference
In the world, almost everything goes in pairs: oils also did not escape this fate. As you probably guessed, natural oil is "heavy" compared to dry oil. Indeed, the first tends to linger on the surface of the skin and be absorbed much longer than dry, easy to apply and absorb.
Natural oils include the following oils: coconut, jojoba, baobab, almond, apricot, hemp seed oil, and many others. They do an excellent job of deeply moisturizing the skin of the body, but they leave behind an unpleasant greasy layer, which, moreover, stains clothes.
On the other hand, it is this type of oil that best prevents excess moisture loss through the epidermis, and, therefore, maintains sufficient skin moisture. Conclusion: if it is prone to dryness, then dry oil is unlikely to be a competent beauty solution. However, the secret is that the dry-natural opposition is rarely implemented in practice. Regardless of what the cosmetics labels say, the facts are often this: many manufacturers specifically combine two types of oils, dry and natural, in order to give the product the maximum therapeutic benefit.
How to use dry oil
Dry oil can be a pleasant alternative to moisturizer and body lotion. To get the full range of benefits from the product, moisturize previously cleansed skin - for example, immediately after a shower: this will help to retain the moisture received and maintain its moisture balance throughout the day.
Also, dry oil is perfect for those with unruly curly hair. To "tame" them, apply the product to clean, wet hair, and for shine - as a final care item (just like hair serum). To heal the strands from root to tip, we strongly advise you to try applying dry oil as a night mask to your scalp and rinse it off the next morning. You will see, the effect will not keep you waiting.
For nails and cuticles
Use dry oil in the same way as you use cuticle cream. Use a couple of drops of the substance and massage them onto the cuticle. After 20-30 minutes, the nails can be rinsed in water. This simple maintenance on a regular basis will keep your cuticles and nails healthy.
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