For most people that suffer from dry skin, I bet you have tried all sorts of lotions and potions, haven’t you?
If you are anything like me, they don’t work particularly well and I seem to have a reaction to a lot of chemicals in the different creams.
So I turned to Essential Oils. No nasty chemicals, just 100% pure oils straight from the plant.
Okay so I don’t recommend using pure essential oils straight onto your skin. They will need diluting in a base/carrier oil.
Most carrier oils are unscented or lightly scented so don’t interfere with the essential oils therapeutic properties.
A few carrier oils worth using include:
This contains skin nourishing fatty acids and polyphenols which make it a great carrier oils for massage oils and skin care preparations.
This oil is high in fatty acids and vitamin E. It absorbs into the skin and is thought to help soften and calm irritating and itchy skin.
This Oil contains fatty acids and plant sterols. This makes is a great cleansing and moisturizing oil. Great for dry skin! Use it to make massage oils or facial cleansers.
A very popular carrier oil thanks to richness in Vitamins A and E and monosaturated fatty acids. It is great for treating dry skin and hair, skin inflammation and even wrinkles.
Avocado is high in Oleic acid, this is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is thought to help dry and damaged skin
If you are allergic to tree nuts I wouldn’t recommend using Apricot or Argan Oil.
To dilute, follow these guidelines:
2.5% dilution – 15 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil
3% dilution – 20 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil
5% dilution – 30 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil
10% dilution – 60 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil
For Children and Those with sensitive skin
0.5 – 1% dilution – 3-6 drops off essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil
Always store carrier oils in a cool dark place, preferably in the fridge.
Okay onto the good stuff… What are the best essential oils to use for dry skin? I have listed them below.
Yes, Lavender is not just good for helping you to relax and sleep. This amazing oil helps to balance out the moisture levels in your skin. It is great for those with sensitive skin and as it is a natural analgesic, it can help to relieve pain in those that experience painful eczema too.
It has anti-inflammatory properties that will help to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin. It is also a natural hydrator too which means it will hydrate dry skin without making your skin too greasy.
Chamomile is another oil that is known for its ability to help you sleep and relax, but much like lavender, it has so much more to offer.
Chamomile is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. These properties help to soothe the skin by reducing redness and blemishes as well as relieving skin irritations like eczema and psoriasis.
It also contains azulene which is what is known for increasing moisture. Perfect for dry skin. It is also great for babies and sensitive skin.
Sandalwood has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help to soothe redness and irritated skin.
As an emollient, it penetrates deeply into the skin to intensely moisturize and hydrate the skin.
I recommend diluting this oil at 2%, 1% or 0.5% as it is quite strong and can cause irritations if diluted at 5% or 10%.
Geranium is great for all skin types, but especially dry or oily skin. The oil helps to smooth and tone the skin. It helps to promote youthful skin so is very popular with the mature clientele.
It is filled with anti-inflammatory properties which help to minimize red, dry, and irritated skin.
Ylang Ylang is a great anti-aging oil which is also very hydrating. It helps to balance the oils in your skin which calms down any irritations leaving your skin flawless.
This oil should be diluted at 1% to prevent any skin irritations caused by using this oil.
Remember to use these oils in combination with a carrier oil. Never use them undiluted as this could cause further skin irritations.
You can take a look at our store to find our wide range of essential oils here.