Bio-Oil Is Launching Its First New Product in 30 Years

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Cosmetic chemist Stephen Alain Ko, who isn't affiliated with the brand, cites Aquaphor and Vaseline as comparable wax- and oil-based products. "The Dry Skin Gel is a thick, gel emulsion, which has a water component [of three percent]," says Ko. "This type of formulation is made with sugar-based emulsifiers and can be found in similar oil gels like the Mustela Nursing Comfort Balm, as well as other gel-in-oil, gel-to-oil, and gel-to-milk cleansers.

This fall, Bio-Oil will introduce Dry Skin Gel, a gel-to-oil formula designed explicitly for intensely dry skin. "We're not a company with a marketing department telling our laboratory what to make," Justin tells Allure. "We don't go looking for products, but this product found us.

According to the Letscherts, Dry Skin Gel is about to blow those competitors out of the water (or oil, as it were. ) "We had Bio-Oil Skincare Oil on the market for 30 years, then only came our second product," says David. "We're definitely not in a rush.

The Lescherts are passionate about the value of an oil, as opposed to a cream, for dry skin. "It's madness," says Justin, "that the most common products on the market for treating dry skin [is cream], which is made up of water, which is repelled by the skin. How can one ignore that? ” (He's right that skin is fundamentally hydrophobic, although many creams use added oils and humectants to lock in moisture.

But Justin clarifies that the gel was formulated for people with true dry skin conditions. "Everyone is slapping it on and thinking 'this is my daily moisturizer,'" he says. "We're not saying you can't, but this is for severe dry skin sufferers and dry skin caused by medical conditions.

The result is Dry Skin Gel, which clocks in at a whopping 84 percent oil, along with moisturizing humectants glycerin and urea. "We've tried to make the best-performing dry skin product of all time," says Justin.

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