Waterless skin care, also known as, anhydrous or water-free skin care, refers to products that do not contain water. Instead, the skin care products are formulated using carrier oils, butters, waxes, essential oils, plant extracts and other oil-based ingredients and are usually in the form of a balm, salve, body butter, body oil or face oil.

Benefits of Waterless Skin Care

Waterless skin care has gained popularity due to several key benefits for both the skin and the planet. 

Waterless skin care is created without the use of water, therefore, the ingredients are not diluted down. Because the waterless products are concentrated with more potent ingredients and actives, the products usually end up working better by providing longer lasting moisturization, deeper hydration, an abundance of nourishment, and more effective protection to the skin barrier. Products containing water tend to evaporate more quickly leaving the skin feeling dry, therefore, requiring frequent reapplication. 

An additional strong benefit of waterless skin care is that preservatives are not necessary because it is water that encourages bacterial growth. Oil-based skin care formulated without the use of preservatives is generally safer and gentler on the skin; especially for those with sensitive skin. Preservatives and other unnecessary fillers can be both harsh and disruptive of the skin microbiome leading to an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria on the skin. When the skin microbiome is disrupted, it can lead to the breakdown of the skin barrier and contribute to various skin conditions and issues. Disruption of the microbiome can cause inflammation, irritation, dryness, and itchiness of the skin. 

Additionally, waterless skin care products have a positive impact on the environment. A typical bottle of lotion is formulated with 70% water increasing the overall weight and volume requiring more packaging. Waterless products result in more compact packaging and reduce the consumer's carbon footprint thereby making them the more sustainable choice.

How to Maximize the Benefits of Waterless Skin Care

Waterless skin care is formulated with oil-based ingredients. If you want to maximize the benefits of your waterless skin care and achieve more hydrated skin it is recommended that it be applied to damp skin immediately after bathing, showering or handwashing. This will allow the oils to seal in the water giving you long-lasting hydrated and moisturized skin. Damp skin is also more porous allowing those active ingredients to penetrate the skin more easily.

Another advantage of oil-based moisturizers is that a little goes a long way! A small tube of an oil-based balm will likely last as long as a giant bottle of water-based lotion.  

What Makes Abby Rose Waterless Skin Care Different?

Abby Rose takes waterless skin care to another level. Not only do we eliminate the water, preservatives, and unnecessary fillers, but we also only select high quality, minimally processed, raw, unrefined, cold-pressed organic ingredients for our products. Cutting corners is never an option. If we can’t find a reputable source for our ingredients, we’ll grow them ourselves. We choose this approach because we know these ingredients will provide better results and are gentler for sensitive skin. 

Contrary to what many may think, oil-based moisturizers aren’t alway greasy. In fact, the main reason your oil-based moisturizer feels greasy is likely because you’ve applied too much. Don’t forget waterless skin care is concentrated so a little goes a long way. Start with a small amount and increase as desired. All of our oil-based products absorb into the skin after just a few minutes leaving your skin noticeably softer and smoother. 

If you have been on the search for skin care that is kinder to your skin, Abby Rose has a variety of waterless skin care products to suit everyone’s needs, including children and those with extra sensitive and inflammation-prone skin. 



Moisture Lock™ $14          Soothe-X™ Balm $24

  Abby Rose Soap with Shea Butter  

Soothe-X™ Oil $18            Soothe-X™ Soap $8



Balancing Face Oil $34      Rescue Balm $12

December 13, 2023 — Trish Kuk