This could alternatively be titled, “The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Soft Skin”. Did you know that after you take a shower or bath, that you only have about 1-2 minutes to apply moisturizer before the water on your skin starts to evaporate? Applying moisturizer immediately helps lock in that precious water that can hydrate your skin better than if it was completely dry. But it’s kind of annoying and takes time. Spraying on a dry oil makes it so much easier.
My favorite is Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist in Cactus & Pink Pepper. I like the scent because it’s quite mild and smells a bit like rose but goes away pretty quickly. They have multiple scents, so you can try them out: Mist Mandarin and Cedarwood, Prickly Pear and Moringa and Sea-Kissed.
Why I’m obsessed with Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist in Cactus & Pink Pepper:
- So easy! Just spray all over and spread after the shower. Not as messy as those oils that don’t have a sprayer.
- Covers your hard-to-reach areas, like the middle of your back! No partner needed.
- Fast! If you’re short on time, this is the fastest way to moisturize.
- Great for travel. Instead of bringing a heavy bottle of lotion in my suitcase, I bring the dry oil in a smaller spray bottle (and put it in a sealed plastic bag just in case it leaks). You can even get under 3.4 oz and that’s sufficient for a trip to put in your carry-on bag.
- First of all, try to use warm water for your shower, not scalding hot water. I know, I know, it feels good–but your skin will suffer for it.
- After a shower or bath, dry off lightly and spray all over your body. Not your face! (Too thick for your sensitive face skin.) Do it quickly and don’t wait a long time–like say, after you’ve blow dried your hair and your body is as equally bone dry.
- Feel free to apply even more lotion or cream moisturizer AFTER spraying your body to your drier areas, like your arms and legs. I like to use my favorite, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Body Moisturizer. Yes–you CAN do a 2-step moisturizing process. If you think that’s too much, look at my post on the 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine for your face. Yup, that’s the high price of beauty. 😛
- For some reason, the dispenser tends to get clogged or stops working at times. That’s why I end up unscrewing the top and pouring it into another spray container that’s lighter and smaller. (I actually use the empty container for the smaller, plastic Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil. See below.)
If you’re not a fan of Ahava or want something less moisturizing, I’ve also tried these alternatives:
- Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil -A summer moisturizer that’s also a good option, but not as moisturizing as the Ahava brand. Just as pricey. 😦
- c. Booth Nourishing Dry Oil Body Mist – Honey Almond – The smell is moderate and almond-ey, but the dispenser tends to get a little messy. Hard to find in stores! 😦 I got it at Nordstrom Rack for cheap originally.
No matter which dry body oil you choose, feel free to spray away with reckless abandon to keep your skin super soft.