Dry Oil Hydration: The Latest Skin Solution From La Prairie


It may sounds odd, but dry oil gave me the most moisturized complexion of my life. Then again, nothing having to do with La Prairie’s ability to accomplish skincare miracles should surprise anyone at this point.

The luxurious anti-aging beauty brand has made magic in a jar again, this time with a special blend called Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil. The product includes stem-cell extracts from several plants that flourish amid the harsh conditions of the Swiss Alps: Soldanella alpina, purple saxifrage, and Swiss snow algae. It also includes antioxidants, as well as almond, sunflower, and jojoba oils.

But the “dry oil” concept is what really grabbed my attention. Applying face oil under a moisturizer has been an ever-growing trend in skincare as of late, but La Prairie’s take on the idea is a little different. The substance is silky and smooth to the touch, but it's not exactly liquid. A “sheer moisture-binding treatment oil,” as the brand refers to it, the oil seals instantly and seamlessly on dehydrated skin, providing all-day moisture and a shield against daily environmental stresses. I applied it in the morning and it lasted all day. At bedtime, I blended a drop of the oil with La Prairie's Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream for extra oomph while I slept.

The oil is soothing and smoothing, whether you apply makeup on top or go without. On makeup days, it gave me an even, hydrated base. On days I went foundation-free, the slight sheen the oil provided was just the right amount of glow. It quickly proved to be one of those do-everything products, and it's poised to become the new staple for the girl on the go who cares about her skin routine. During my time testing dry oil, I felt fulfilled and fancy. That’s the nature of La Prairie.