Dry oils are not dry. That’s your first lesson. They’re less wet, heavy and greasy than your usual baby oil, sure, and they leave an almost matte finish on the skin after showering, but they’re not dry. See Argan+ Dry Body Oil (14.99, 08450 708090) or This Works Dry Leg Oil (38, harveynichols.com) for evidence. They are liquids. They slosh. Second lesson, as well as your skin, you can use most dry oils on your hair, too – leave it in overnight and it’ll make your hair glossy as a mane. Third lesson, it turns your shins into the shiny shins of celebrity pap shots, the kind of shins on the legs of women who appear bred for the beach.
“You can use dry oil on your hair, too – it’ll make it glossy as a mane”: Eva Wiseman on dry oils. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Observer