Science: Orange Roughy Oil and Dry Skin

The Orange Roughy is one hell of an ugly fish, but has an amazing life span of up to 149 years. This month in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, there was a great article about the use of the oil from Orange Roughy fish on very dry skin types.

The research was conducted in vivo on the lower legs of research participants. After 6 weeks, dryness was reduced and there was a noticeable reduction in scaliness and an improvement of smoothness, all in comparison to the group using Vaseline.

So this might prove to be a natural and more effective alternative to petroleum jellies, however as numbers have fallen over recent years, it may not be the most ecologically friendly option.

There are products available on the market containing these oil, the only range I was able to find that utilised this miracle oil was Avon’s Moisture Therapy line.

If you’ve tried these products or end up trying them, please let me know how you get on by dropping me a comment below.

Posted at 19:43 March 1, 2016


I know of a Japanese product which is 99% orange roughy oil. I wonder how much interest there is for this in the markets.


Posted at 01:52 June 23, 2013

I have used the Avon Moisture Therapy Hand Cream for Decades. It is the very best for dry skin and heels. Nothing like it. But Avon just removed the Orange Roughy from their product so I’ll have to find something else. That was the key ingredient.

    Posted at 11:39 June 23, 2013
    Thom Watson

    Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. It’s very rare you can find Orange Roughy in cosmetics these days. Thanks for the comment Sue.

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