Carrier Oils for Dry Skin

25 Carrier Oils for Dry Skin or How to Bring Your Skin Back to Life

Maybe you’re used to living with a dry skin. Or maybe you’re not exactly sure how dry skin looks like and what causes it. Figuring out the type of skin you have and caring for it properly, may help you have the skin you’ve always wanted. The carrier oils for dry skin in this article can help you do just that.


The first part of the article will answer all your main questions about dry skin. I will give you the details you need to figure out the condition of your skin.


I bet you’re also wondering if there’s any difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. I’m telling you there is one, and you’ll find out all about it in the following lines.


Of course, I will tell you everything you need to know about 25 carrier oils that you can use for your dry skin. You can either use them as they are or you can combine them and make great, powerful blends to help your skin heal faster.



Did you know?

  • The skin can easily become thicker and darker. That may happen if you’ll repeatedly scratch those dry skin patches.


Carrier Oils for Dry Skin


What Is Dry Skin, What Causes It and How Can You Recognize It?



Dry skin is, in fact, a chronic lack of fatty acids and water in the epidermis. The epidermis is the superficial layer of the skin. The epidermis needs essential fatty acids to seal in the water that comes in contact with it to keep it moisturized.


Dry skin looks almost like a “crocodile skin” – that is one of its nicknames too. It affects mostly older people. With age, the skin produces less natural oils but men and women of all ages can still suffer from dry skin. Other causes of dry skin are:


  • The weather (winter weather especially).
  • Too much hand washing.
  • The use of detergents and soaps.
  • Some medications.
  • Low humidity in the atmosphere you live in.
  • Thyroid disease.
  • Age.
  • Family history and genetics too.


Carrier oils for dry skin are useful because they manage to supply the skin all the fatty acids it needs to keep the moisture in. But there are also cases where dry skin may become severe and cause a lot of trouble to some people.


Dry skin is often seen in those who suffer from eczema too. In fact, left untreated for a long time, dry skin may lead to eczema. It may also lead to infections or skin discoloration. But that doesn’t happen very often as it’s not difficult at all to apply moisturizers daily.


The symptoms of dry skin are:

  • Skin tightness.
  • Itching.
  • Roughness.
  • And general discomfort.


Dry skin is mainly found on:

  • Elbows.
  • Arms.
  • Hands.
  • And lower legs.


Carrier oils are the best choice to bring your skin back to life and heal its dryness. They are natural and they are cheap. There are many carrier oils for dry skin that you can pick from.


Depending on your budget or curiosity, you won’t believe how many and how extravagant some are. But first, let’s see how you can figure out if your skin is dry or just dehydrated.



Did you know?

  • In the case of chronic dry skin, drinking plenty of water doesn’t do much good. Drinking water can’t keep the skin hydrated because what it lacks is fatty acids.


Carrier Oils for Dry Skin


What Is the Difference Between Dry Skin and Dehydrated Skin?


This is the part where I tell you that dry skin is, in fact, a rare condition. The skin becomes dry and starts looking like “paper” or “crocodile skin”. It starts looking like that only when it has reached a critical loss of intercellular cement.


The intercellular cement is a substance found between the cells of the epidermis. It contains fatty acids (lipids) and is responsible for keeping the skin moist. But this intercellular cement also protects the skin from substances that may cause irritations.


Many people confuse dry skin with dehydrated skin. Under special circumstances, the skin lipids may lose their sealing force. These special circumstances may be caused by damaging external factors like the weather or detergents.


When that happens, the skin simply becomes dehydrated. With the proper care and hydration, your skin will glow and feel comfortable again.


In the case of dry skin, the epidermis may lose the ability to protect itself. That happens when the skin’s hydrolipid film can’t keep the skin’s flora balanced anymore. This hydrolipid film is made out of secretions like sebum and sweat, lactic acid, and keratin cells.


But, both conditions feel the same. The only difference is that dry skin feels dry all over the body, not just in isolated places. It is also harder to heal dry skin than it is to hydrate it.


Test your skin and see if it is dehydrated or dry:


  1. Take a piece of thin paper or a napkin and cross it over the middle of your face.
  2. Do so at the end of the day, before washing off.
  3. Notice if there’s any oil on the napkin or if it’s wet.


If you don’t get anything on the napkin, then chances are your skin is dry.


A dehydrated skin may be experienced by anyone and everyone, at any moment in their lives. It mostly depends on how much water you drink or the environment you live in.


A dehydrated skin also needs products based more on water than oil. The water you drink gets to the skin last, which means there’s not much for the skin to absorb if the water is not enough.


The following carrier oils for dry skin are all rich in certain fatty acids that can help the skin’s hydrolipid film lock in the water. By doing that it may help to keep the skin moist for a long time.


Did you know?

  • All moisturizers do is to seal in the existent moisture in your skin. That is why for dry skin is paramount that you apply moisturizer right after you wash.


25 Carrier Oils for Dry Skin and a Couple of Recipes


If you have dry skin, then you’ll need to apply moisturizers all over the body, each day. And you’ll also have to use generous quantities as dry skin tends to absorb a lot of oil and still feel dry. But don’t worry, in time, dry skin will come around once it gets saturated.


More Common and At Hand Carrier Oils


SUNFLOWER oil has an impressive concentration of beneficial fatty acids and vitamin E. Vitamin E makes the oil a powerful antioxidant. It may also help the skin regenerate faster and improve its appearance. Wounds and scars may heal faster with Sunflower oil.


APRICOT KERNEL oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a very good antioxidant too. Apricot kernel oil can moisturize the skin on a deep level and it doesn’t irritate the skin. Dry skin will definitely enjoy Apricot oil as it soothes and softens the skin right away. Used after a bath, the oil may lock the moisture into the epidermis.


SESAME oil – is one of the best carrier oils for dry skin because it recreates the protective film of the skin. It also adds an extra layer to protect the skin from external damaging factors (sun, toxins etc.). Sesame oil contains a high content of zinc, which makes it very good against bacteria. It can also soothe and smooth dry skin.


BORAGE oilis able to balance the water level in the skin and restore its hydrolipid film. It can also fight bacteria and inflammations. Some people have seen amazing results just after a few days of using Borage oil. Their skin wasn’t flaring up anymore and it was deeply moisturized.


SWEET ALMOND oilis among the best carrier oils for dry skin. It is so because of its rich content in vitamins A, B2, E, and K, plus 70% essential fatty acids. That makes Sweet Almond very nutritious to dry skins. It can also protect the skin from UV rays and allergens (factors that cause allergies).


Carrier Oils for Dry Skin


AVOCADO oilis rich in antioxidants and fatty acids as well. Avocado oil is great at nourishing and moisturizing damaged skins. At the same time, Avocado oil can also relieve itching sensations and help the wounds heal faster.


COCONUT oilis extremely moisturizing and a great antioxidant too. It has anti-inflammatory properties and protects the skin. It can help to speed up the healing process of all wounds and crusts. Your dry skin will also be protected against UV rays with Coconut oil.


WHEAT GERM oil – is rich in vitamins A, B, D and E, and essential fatty acids. It can prevent scars from developing. But, it can also moisturize dry, cracked skins on a deep level. Because of the vitamin E, Wheat Germ oil can also protect against UV rays and other external damaging factors.


OLIVE oilcontains vitamins A, B1, 2 and 6, C and E. It also contains high amounts of omega 3, 6 and 7. Omegas are essential in the protection of the skin. All these ingredients make Olive oil a very potent moisturizer for dry skin in general.


JOJOBA oil – is also known as the only oil that resembles a lot with our body’s sebum. It can nourish and moisturize the skin very well. It may soften all dry spots and seal the moisture into the skin if used right after the shower. It has a waxy feeling, which makes it good at restoring the hydrolipid film of the skin.


HEMP SEED oil – is another good carrier oil for dry skin. It can fight against inflammations like acne and relieve eczema symptoms. It contains Omega 3 and 6 in a perfect balance and it can also improve the immune system. Hemp Seed oil may help in producing new skin cells and seal in the water for good moisturizing.


More Exotic Carrier Oils for Dry Skin


ARGAN oil – can protect your dry skin from infections and speed the skin’s healing process. Argan oil can also help improving scars and maintain the elasticity of the skin.


KUKUI NUT oilhas calming and softening effects on dry skin. Also, burns and itchiness of the skin can be soothed with Kukui Nut oil. It has antimicrobial properties and can help with the scars too.


Carrier Oils for Dry Skin


ROSEHIP SEED oil – is a great carrier oil for dry skin. It is rich in Omega 3 and 6, and vitamins A and C. It is deeply nourishing and it can improve the aspect of scars and wrinkles by repairing the damaged tissue.


TAMANU oilhas anti-inflammatory properties and can relieve pain too. It is great against stretch marks. Thus, it can also reduce scars left by dry skin. Tamanu can protect against bacteria and fungi thanks to its antimicrobial and antibiotic effects.


SEA BUCKTHORN oil – is one of the best carrier oils for dry skin. It is packed with vitamins A, C, E, and all Omega fatty acids. These ingredients make Sea Buckthorn oil very nourishing for skin conditions like dry skin. It is good at regenerating the skin also.


SAFFLOWER oil – is high in linoleic acid (Omega 6). Because of that, it can deeply moisturize dry skin and help fade away scar tissue. The skin looks supple after regular uses of Safflower oil. But be careful though! Safflower oil may trigger allergic reactions and affect the stomach if ingested in large doses.


MEADOWFOAM SEED oilcontains long chain fatty acids that help the skin regain its natural protective barrier. Because of its waxy texture, Meadowfoam seed oil can help seal in all the moisture the skin gets. It is also a great anti-oxidant.


BABASSU oil – looks a lot like Coconut oil in texture. It melts immediately on the skin and it can soothe the damaged, dry skin. Compared to many carrier oils for dry skin, Babassu oil is considered superior in regards to its moisturizing effects. Babassu oil helps the skin repair its protective film and regenerate faster.


MONOI oil – is Coconut oil infused with Tiaré flowers or Tahitian gardenias. The Tiaré flowers are used for thousands of years in concoctions to treat various ailments. Monoi oil is good at restoring the hydrolipid protective film of dry skin. It can penetrate deep into the layers of the skin and lock the water in.


BAOBAB oil – is another great carrier oil for dry skin. It contains high concentrations of vitamin C. Baobab oil can eliminate harmful toxins from the skin and help it rejuvenate. It has anti-inflammatory properties, keeping bacteria away from open wounds. In the end, Baobab oil is a very good and thick moisturizer.


MANGO oil – is also a great moisturizer. It is rich in vitamins A, C, and E. They’re all great antioxidants that may help the skin keep the water in. Some even say that Mango oil is the best carrier oil for dry skin. It doesn’t leave a greasy feeling after application either.


Carrier Oils for Dry Skin
Nigella Sativa (Black Seed oil)


NIGELLA oil – is also known as Nigella sativa (or Black Seed oil). Nigella oil can calm down inflammation and acne because it has anti-inflammatory properties. Because of its high content of fatty acids, it is a great moisturizer. It may prevent the skin from drying even more and restore its hydrolipid protective barrier. Nigella oil is a very good anti-aging oil too.



Butters for Dry Skin

They may not be carrier oils per se, but they are extracted from the dehydrated seeds just like a carrier oil. They fall into the category of carrier oils because they can be mixed with essential oils.


Vegetable butters are very nourishing and contain many fatty acids. Those acids (lipids) are what dry skin needs so these two butters will do a lot of good after application.


KOKUM butter – is a very balanced butter. It is extracted from the fruits of the Kokum Indian tree (Garcinia indica). It contains oleic, stearic and palmitic essential fatty acids. Kokum butter can help the skin regenerate and moisturize it. It is good against inflammations and its fatty acids can offer thickness to the damaged skin.


CACAO butter – comes from the cocoa beans and is extremely moisturizing and gentle to the skin. It melts easily at body temperature and it’s packed with Omega fatty acids. The antioxidants in Cacao butter can strengthen the immune system and restore the hydrolipid film of dry skin.



Recipe #1:

Heal your dry skin with the following recipe. It is meant to help with the itching and tightness too.

You’ll need:

  • Avocado oil: 1 teaspoon
  • Hemp Seed oil: 1 teaspoon
  • Rosehip oil: 1 teaspoon
  • Roman Chamomile essential oil: 3 drops
  • Sweet Orange essential oil: 3 drops.


A 30 ml (1 oz.) bottle should be enough for this blend. Just make sure you stay inside the house or have the damaged skin covered before leaving the house when you’re using citrus essential oils. They may sensitize the skin if exposed to the sun. You can substitute the Sweet Orange with Geranium essential oil.


Recipe #2:

You’ll need:

  • Sweet Almond oil: 2 teaspoons
  • Monoi oil: 2 teaspoons
  • Argan oil: 1 teaspoon
  • Wheat Germ oil: 1 teaspoon
  • Neroli essential oil: 3 drops
  • Lavender essential oil: 3 drops


This is also a blend that can fit into a 30 ml (1 oz.) bottle. This multiple carrier oils for dry skin blend will help you moisturize it and restore its protective film back. The essential oils will also help with the healing process.


With all the carrier oils and the two vegetable butters I gave you here you’ll always have where to pick from for your dry skin. Dehydrated skins can also benefit from carrier oils for dry skin and get great results too.


Do you know whether your skin is dehydrated or dry? What do you do to quench your skin’s thirst for natural oils?


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6 thoughts on “25 Carrier Oils for Dry Skin or How to Bring Your Skin Back to Life”

  1. Hi,
    Excellent post dear!

    Actually its a perfect supplement for everyone who need to know the care tips for the dry skin, this winter…

    thanks for sharing.

    1. It’s my pleasure Sophie 🙂

      I do try to make the articles as detailed and accurate as possible!

      Dry (or dehydrated) skin can be a problem, especially when it becomes uncomfortable too.

      Luckily, we have plenty of carrier oils for dry skin to pick from and keep the dryness under control.

  2. Love this article: thanks so much for posting! I’m going to try the second recipe for dry skin on my body first. I’m extremely dry, but very sensitive, too – face far more than my body skin. I’ve tried many natural oils on my face, but none seem to hydrate enough, and too many of them irritate. I’d really be interested if you have thoughts regarding hyper-sensitve and dry skin. Most due to genetics. The Celtic genes, you know!

    1. Hey Tami,

      Thank you for your kind words!

      I would suggest trying thick oils like Olive, Jojoba and/or Avocado to nourish your sensitive-dry skin. Jojoba is usually very well tolerated, even by sensitive types. Another good idea would be vegetable butters like Shea (Karite) and Mango.

      I hope this is helpful 🙂

      1. Thanks for the suggestions. They’re very helpful, and I’ll give them a try! I don’t recall seeing mango butter at my local co-op, but maybe they’ll be able to order for me.

        Can you mix oils into the butters? For example, could I add avocado and olive oil into the butter? I’d think that would be a really wonderful mix for after shower. And should I be adding something as a preservative, i.e., grapefruit extract, vit. E, etc.?

        1. Hey Tami,

          Sorry it took me a bit to get back to you.

          As for your question, you can definitely mix vegetable oils with vegetable butters.
          All you need to do is melt the butter a bit and then pour the oils over.
          If you want to add preservatives, feel free to do so; they can only help your skin further, especially vitamin E 🙂

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