Most of the times, dry skin can be such a problem! Your skin always feels so tight, it seems no amount of lotion is ever enough. But that’s the problem: dry skin needs natural oils to meet its ratio for nourishment, not lotions loaded with chemicals. This is why I believe using essential oils for dry skin, instead of commercial creams is a true benefit for your skin.
I will help you understand the needs of a dry skin. I’ll also help you create a special skin care regimen that caters to that exact issue. You can start with this skincare regimen and then develop it into a more personalized routine. That will definitely help improve the aspect of your dry skin.
After that, you will find a list of 17 essential oils for dry skin that are accessible, affordable and easy to use. Of course, I will not leave you without a list of blends to use on your dry skin. I hope this post can help you to at least improve your skin condition and form a healthy habit of caring for it from now on.
Tips on How to Cater for Your Dry Skin (Skin Care Regimen Idea)
Symptoms like skin tightness, roughness, and sometimes itching can cause a general discomfort. Those are usually the signs of a dry skin. Dry skin is also different from dehydrated skin. The first one lacks fatty acids and the other lacks water. The latter is easier to treat because it only requires a healthy hydration habit.
Age plays an important role in the dryness of the skin. But anyone, at any given moment, can get stuck with this condition. The best part here is that you can do something about it. You can prevent, improve and even heal (giving enough time) dry skin with essential oils.
Dry skin lacks essential fatty acids that keep the water locked into the epidermis, and nourish it. Because of that, the skin’s protective barrier suffers greatly. That’s how dry skin happens. The role of essential oils is to provide that nourishment for the skin and help it regenerate, and restore its protective barrier.
But, essential oils alone can’t provide all the moisture and nourishment that dry skin needs. Essential oils need carrier oils to be blended with. Only then can they deliver all those miraculous properties to help your skin.
Read more on 25 carrier oils to use in blends for dry skin. This link also contains more details on the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. (It’s important to know it to diagnose your skin correctly!)
Let’s start with the tips on how to cater for your dry skin.
With this skin care regimen for dry skin, you’re mission will be to:
- Restore the oil and water balance of your skin.
- And restore the protective barrier of the epidermis. Help it recover to be able to protect itself from dehydration.
- The cleansing ritual.
Every morning and night, you’ll have to make sure that no matter what happens, you’ll cleanse your face. Use gentle cleansing lotions that contain Aloe Vera gel. Or you can also use carrier oils as makeup remover.
You can use Avocado oil, Borage oil, Apricot oil etc. Apply a good amount on your face and with a cotton pad wipe away all the makeup, until the pad comes out clean. Then massage the rest of the oil into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
You should not mix carrier oils with essential oils in this step. Essential oils can irritate the eyes when you’re removing makeup.
You can then spray some hydrosol or floral water (Rose, Neroli, Chamomile, etc.) on your face and wait for it to fully dry on its own.
- The moisturizing part.
After cleansing, you should always apply moisturizers on all your dry skin. You will need a very rich and nourishing cream or lotion. You can either incorporate a few essential oils for dry skin in your usual cream. Or you could make yourself a very potent Aromatherapy blend from vegetal oils (carriers) and essential oils.
It is possible that some vegetable oils can’t hold the makeup in one place for the entire day. If that’s the case, you could use a lighter, yet nourishing lotion in the morning. Apply your Aromatherapy blend at night, when you’re at home.
This is also the part where you don’t want to leave your dry skin hungry for fatty acids. Every bath you take, pour two tbsp. of vegetable oil in a cup of milk and throw it in your bath water. Massage the oils into your skin.
Take every chance you get and use as much vegetable oil and essential oils as possible. By being this careful with your skin, it won’t be long until you’ll notice an improvement in both the aspect and the feel of your skin.
17 Essential Oils for Dry Skin to Use in Your Aromatherapy Blends
Let’s see which ones are the best essential oils you can use for your dry skin. You can read about their properties and what they can do for your skin. Then decide upon which one’s better for you and your skin’s needs.
Dry skin also means wrinkles. It’s true that at some point we all get them. But if you want to prevent that from happening too soon, then you need to hydrate and nourish your skin now.
Good essential oils for dry skin are those that have anti-inflammatory properties. They will be able to reduce any irritation or puffiness. They also need to balance the skin’s oil production to work well for dry skin. Let’s see what those oils are:
1/ Patchouli essential oil – is good at soothing inflammations and it has antiseptic properties. It closes and protects open wounds from becoming infected. It can help the skin produce new cells and regenerate fast. Patchouli is also a good sedative, numbing and soothing painful skin portions.
2/ Rosewood essential oil – has mild pain relieving properties. It can also help wounded skin recover and regenerate and protect from infections also. Rosewood is a good anti-aging essential oil too. With its sweet aroma it can calm down nerves as well.
3/ Neroli essential oil – is a good essential oil for dry skin as it can kill bacteria and microbes. It can also help fade away all scars and marks left by acne, stretch marks, boils etc. Neroli can stimulate the production of new cells and keep them healthy, making it ideal for dry skin.
4/ Palmarosa essential oil – is another oil that stimulates the production of new cells. It can also kill bacteria and viruses. Palmarosa can help recycle the cellular matter, mostly repairing all the damage done by aging. Palmarosa can protect against infections on any open wound. It is soothing and it can help retaining the moisture in the epidermis.
5/ Geranium essential oil – is an astringent essential oil. Meaning it can tighten the skin and keep it firm. It also has antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial properties. No virus, germ or bacteria can attack the skin while this oil is at work. It can also speed up the healing process of all cuts and wounds, and help the marks fade away.
6/ Myrrh essential oil – has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties also. It has mild sedative action and it can protect from all infections and bacteria or germs. Myrrh essential oil is also good at helping wounds heal faster, without too much scar tissue.
7/ Rose essential oil – has great anti-inflammatory properties. It is nourishing and it has mild sedative properties. It’s a beauty elixir used mostly in anti-aging products. It can also help with the scar tissue, beautifully improving the aspect of dry skin.
8/ Frankincense essential oil – is among the astringent essential oils for dry skin. Meaning it keeps the skin tight and firm and reduces the wrinkles. Frankincense helps producing new and healthy skin cells, while speeding up the healing process of dry, cracked skin. Besides being a great anti-depressant, Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties too.
9/ Sandalwood essential oil – soothes and provides relief from inflammations and moderate pain. It can also protect against infections and tighten the skin. This last property makes Sandalwood great at fighting aging effects. It is a good moisturizer, helping the skin recover and heal faster. It has mild sedative properties, making it good at relieving pain, itchiness and anxiety altogether.
10/ Rosemary essential oil – can improve the aspect of eczema or psoriasis. With its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities, Rosemary essential oil can remove dryness and regulate the skin’s oil production. It can also stimulate the blood circulation. That means Rosemary is good at speeding up the healing process of wounds and other skin conditions.
11/ Lavender essential oil – is famous for its ability to help wounds close faster. It can also help acne scars fade away. The same goes for boils, stretch marks, etc. Lavender has soothing and calming properties, leaving the skin soft and glowing after application. Also, Lavender has sedative and anti-inflammatory qualities. If there’s ever an essential oil for dry skin, lavender is the one.
12/ Carrot Seed essential oil – has antiseptic qualities. It can protect from infections and disinfect the skin very thoroughly. Carrot seed oil is rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, two very powerful antioxidants. They can fight off premature aging signs and moisturize the skin.
13/ Peppermint essential oil – has anti-inflammatory properties. It can relieve pain and soothe inflammations. Its cooling effect calms down rashes and itchiness. Peppermint essential oil can also improve the circulation speeding up the healing process. It is also nourishing to the skin. Peppermint oil should be used in moderate quantities for good results.
14/ (German or Roman) Chamomile essential oil – is a very gentle and soothing oil in its nature. It also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. Chamomile can kill germs and bacteria and stop fungal growth. It is among the best essential oils for dry skin because it can calm down inflammations and related pain. It’s anti-allergenic also. Chamomile can speed up the healing and rejuvenating process of the skin.
15/ Helichrysum essential oil – is an anti-allergenic essential oil. It can be used on dry skin without side effects. Helichrysum can also reduce inflammation and soothe dry, red and painful skin. It protects against infections and inflammations and helps the scars fade away. Helichrysum makes the skin very smooth and protects it from dehydration.
16/ Ylang Ylang essential oil – is good at regulating the sebum production and disinfecting wounds. Ylang Ylang is soothing and calming when applied on inflammations and dry, chapped skin. Its scent can also stimulate the mind and chase away dark thoughts. It is also a good skin toner.
17/ Jasmine essential oil – with its beautiful sweet and warm aroma, Jasmine has antiseptic properties. It’s very good at helping wounds close faster and speed up the skin’s healing process. Used in blends with carrier oils, Jasmine can improve the aspect of dry skin and deeply nourish it. Jasmine also has mild sedative properties, which make it a great essential oil for dry skin.
As with all essential oils, you should always respect the recommended dose in a blend. Moderate amounts are not usually harmful for the majority of people. That is unless you’re prone to seizures, in which case you need to investigate and research more.
Do not use essential oils undiluted, and be especially careful with very fragrant oils. They can cause headaches if too much is used.
Blend Ideas for Your Special Skin Care Regimen
With the list of essential oils for dry skin from above you can choose the one your skin needs most. Start with simple blends by mixing vegetable oils with maximum three essential oils. See how your skin likes the blend and then start adding more ingredients if you want.
Remember, you need to apply moisturizers every day, during and after baths for a longer period of time. That will ensure a successful dry skincare routine.
#1: Intense Nourishment and Hydration Blend
- Avocado oil: 2 tablespoons
- Vegetal glycerin: 1 gram (0.35 ounces)
- Babassu oil: 1 tablespoon
- Rosewood essential oil: 10 drops
- Vitamin E or Wheat Germ oil: 3 drops
Mix all the ingredients well and keep it stored in the fridge for about two months. Shake well before each use and apply on the dry, cracked skin every day, after each shower or bath. That way the oils can lock in the moisture and restore the protective barrier of your skin.
#2: Dry Skin Cleanser Lotion
- Neroli hydrosol (floral water): 2 Oz. (60 ml)
- Rose hydrosol: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
- Lavender essential oil: 6 drops
- Chamomile essential oil: 6 drops
- Helichrysum essential oil: 8 drops
- Glycerin: 4 tablespoons
Blend well all the ingredients and shake the blend just as vigorously before use. Keep the blend stored in the fridge and wash the face daily with it (at least twice a day). There’s no need to wash it off, just wipe the excess with a paper towel. You can then apply your moisturizer.
#3: Bath Aromatherapy Blend for Dry Skin
- Fat milk: 1 cup
- Jojoba or Sesame oil: 2 tablespoons
- Palmarosa: 6 drops
- Chamomile: 6 drops
Add the oils in the milk and stir well. Add this mixture into the bath water and massage it into your skin while soaking in. All these essential oils for dry skin, plus the milk will keep your skin soft and nourished even when bathing. Of course, after a gentle drying apply your moisturizer immediately to lock in the water and nourish the skin.
With the skin care regimen I presented you in this article you could start developing your own personalized routine. You also have a few recipes to start with. Essential oils are a vast and amazing preoccupation, so take your time in experimenting.
It’s important to use those vegetable and essential oils you and your skin like and get along with. Now you know where to begin experimenting.
Using essential oils for dry skin is easy and it doesn’t cost a fortune either. You probably already have olive oil in your home. If so, start applying it on your dry skin until you’ve got all the blend ingredients, if you don’t already have them.
What kind of essential oils do you use for your dry skin and why? How did you discover them?