Dry skin can occur anywhere on the body including the lower legs, thighs, arms and the sides of the abdomen. Dry skin leads to loss of moisture in the skin, along with itching, irritation, peeling and cracking. While being good for overall skin health, essential oils are an amazing remedy for the healing of dry skin. These biologically active substances can penetrate all the layers of the skin, breaking down the adhesion between the skin cells and encouraging the removal of dead skin cells, making them a perfect ingredient for parched and dry skin.
Having said that, here is all you should know about treating dry skin with the use of essential oils.
What Are The Best Essential Oils To Use For Dry Skin?
1. Palmarosa essential oil
The essential oil of palmarosa is a must have in your skincare repertoire. When you are facing dermal dryness or for dealing with early signs of ageing, this is the essential oil that will come to your rescue. When added to your regular moisturizer, this essential oil is able to fix any kind of skin imperfections and provides ultimate protection and healing properties.
2. Rosehip essential oil
Rosehip is one of the most used and known essential oils for dry skin due to its ability to regenerate the skin and remove dead cells. If you have dry skin along with stretch marks, it is always recommended for you to use this essential oil. There will be quick improvements and your skin will become blemish free. In addition, you can also bank upon the essential oil of Rosehip for treating your acne.
3. Patchouli essential oil
The essential oil of patchouli is a given in any dry and anti-ageing blend. If you are troubled with dry/flaky skin, this soothing oil will provide immediate relief whilst revitalizing and toning your skin.
Have you wondered about the best and most effective essential oils for dry and/or sensitive skin.
What Are The Best Carrier Oils To Use For Dry Skin?
1. Coconut oil
While being excellent at removing any impurity or imperfection in the skin, Coconut oil is perfect for issues related to dry skin. Applying a little of this oil tones your skin instantly. In addition to treating dry skin, this is also the oil I use for keeping my hair healthy.
2. Argan oil
Over time, it is normal for our skin to become less smooth and go dry. The use of Argan oil is ideal for moisturizing aging dry skin. Massaging a little amount of Argan oil on your battered skin will make it more elastic and smooth.
3. Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is excellent for treating dry flaky skin. Thanks to its properties, jojoba oil prevents loss of moisture and balances hydration of your skin layers. In addition, it improves skin tones and elasticity and helps catch the early signs of ageing.
Why not get the full list of the best and most effective carrier oils for dry and/or sensitive skin.
Using Essential Oils For Different Treatment Objectives
1. Essential oils to stimulate the metabolism in dry skin
In order to hydrate dry skin, it is important to improve its metabolism. Improved metabolism facilitates the process of cell regeneration and strengthens the cell membrane. Some of the best essential oils fit for this purpose include orange, geranium, chamomile and jasmine.
2. Essential oils to smoothen dry skin
Rough skin is a major problem for people with dry skin. Essential oils that can help smoothen dry skin include geranium, tea tree, rosewood and lavender.
3. Essential oils to tone up facial skin muscles
In order to improve facial muscle tone, some of the best essential oils I have tested include myrtle oil, sandalwood, chamomile, rosewood, orange, jasmine and geranium.
4. Essential oils to strengthen the skin’s immunity
Your skin going dry is an obvious sign of a weak immune system. The essential oils of ylang-ylang, lavender and chamomile will not only improve the skin’s immunity but also impart a soothing effect.
5. Essential oils for a tonic effect on the skin
For a tonic-like effect on your dry skin, the essential oils that can help include lemon, geranium, bergamot, rosemary and juniper.
6. Essential oils to improve complexion
Essential oils of rosewood, myrrh, neroli, orange and cypress are the common ingredients of beauty products for people with dry skin. Other essential oils that can be added to the previous list include bergamot, lemongrass, lavender, grapefruit, clove and rosemary. These essential oils when added to a carrier oil and massaged into the dry skin will improve the skin’s metabolism and replenish it with oxygen and nutrients.
7. Essential oils for rest and care of dry skin
Essential oils of lemon, juniper, geranium, rosemary, jasmine, rose, lavender and chamomile impart a calming and relaxing effect on the skin. If you have dry skin with wrinkles, essential oils of lemon, orange, myrrh and patchouli can smooth out fine wrinkles.
8. Skin rejuvenation with essential oils
More often than not, dry skin lacks elasticity, which often results in wrinkles and excessive oxidation of the skin. Essential oils are able to block the oxidation process, strengthen the cell membranes and allow the skin cells to obtain the nutrition they need.
For fine wrinkles around the eyes, I often use essential oils like frankincense, pine, myrrh, sandalwood and neroli.
For coarse wrinkles, I would suggest using ylang ylang, fennel, frankincense and myrrh.
For stretched and sagging skin, use sandalwood, rose, frankincense, neroli and nutmeg.
For clogged pores, use the essential oils of lemon, fennel, thyme, mandarin, bergamot, marjoram and juniper.
For pigmented spots and freckles on dry skin, you can use essential oils of lemon, rosewood, chamomile and grapefruit.
Different Ways Of Using Essential Oils In Order To Relieve Dry Skin
Essential oil bath
Adding 3-4 drops of essential oils per liter of bath water will not only hydrate your skin and smoothen it, but also improve your complexion.
Adding essential oils to creams, balms and facial masks
Essential oils may be added to creams, facial masks and balsams that you use everyday. I generally add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil per 5 ml of cream. While you can blend the essential oils with the whole container of cream, the best option would be to add them just before use as that gives you an opportunity to add different essential oils depending on the objective you are trying to achieve.
When solving your dry skin problem, using balms enriched with essential oils can really help. In an empty dark glass bottle, add 10 ml of sweet almond or grapeseed oil and 2-3 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Use this aromatherapy balm as your daily eveningwear. The metabolism of the skin is worst during the night, so applying these balms at night can provide much needed moisturization of the dry skin. This will also help you fight skin dryness during day time.
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What Essential Oils Should I use To Help My Skin Regain Its Lost Moisture?
Dry skin moisturization
The essential oils of sandalwood and palmarosa offer excellent hydration properties to the dry skin. While moisturizing the skin, both these oils are also known to balance the oiliness of the skin.
Blend 30 ml of jojoba oil, 7 drops sandalwood and 7 drops of palmarosa essential oil in a glass bottle and mix the ingredients well. Apply 4 drops of the blend with the help of a dropper on your wet skin and massage with fingertips. Follow this procedure at least two times per week.
In order to moisturize a larger portion of your skin, you can take a warm water immersion bath, with 12 drops of essential oil of sandalwood and 12 drops of essential oil of palmarosa.
If you don’t want to endure the above procedure, there is always a second option. My own L’orpur Deep Moisturizing Cream which is suitable for dry and sensitive skin.
Cleansing cream for dry skin
You can make up your own cleansing cream for dry skin using a blend of rose water, aloe vera, palmarosa essential oil and rose essential oil. In addition to cleansing your skin, the above blend will provide much needed nourishment and moisturization.
Blend 50 ml of rose water, 30 ml of vegetable glycerin, 60 ml of aloe vera, 5 drops of essential oil of palmarosa oil and 5 drops of essential oil of rose in a glass jar and shake well. Use this blend to cleanse your skin and wash it with lukewarm water at the end.
In order to moisturize the larger portion of the body, just immerse yourself in a warm bath tub and 10 drops of palmarosa and 10 drops of rose essential oils. Pregnant women too can use this immersion bath for moisturizing their dry skin.
Moisturizer for extremely dry facial skin
- 100g of shea butter
- 100ml of fractioned coconut oil
- 100g cocoa butter
- 30ml avocado oil
- 5 drops sandalwood essential oil
- Place all the butters in a glass container
- Melt them in a water bath until you get a consistent mix
- Add the avocado oil to the above mix
- Place the blend in the refrigerator for 60-90 minutes
- Remove from fridge and blend the mix with an electric mixer until it turns into a white soft cream
- Add the sandalwood essential oil
- Store the resulting blend in a glass jar and use daily on your face
Lavender And Jojoba Oil Lotion Recipes for Dry Skin
- Mix 4-5 drops of lavender essential oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil. Jojoba is one of the best healing oils and it is very similar to human sebum, which dry skin lacks the most.
- Mix this blend in a non-fragrant lotion containing lanolin. Lanolin has the ability to hold the oils and moisturize your skin. Use unscented lotion only because fragrances in some lotions will cause skin irritation.
- Rub the blended lotion on your face and gently massage in circular motions. Stay out of the “T” zone of the face (forehead, nose and chin), especially if you are prone to acne in these areas. Apply this lotion on your face before going to bed.
Dry Skin Facial Treatments Using Essential Oils
When using essential oils on face, it is important to be extra cautious, especially if it is the sensitive areas of your face. These plant oils are concentrated and can cause complications if not prepared properly. Please exercise caution when using essential oils and you can comfortably use them on your face and always remember to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil.
1. Clay Mask for Dry Facial Skin
Blend 1 cup of ready clay with 4 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of geranium essential oil, 1 drop of essential oil of patchouli and 1 tsp of olive oil. Apply the mixture on the face, leaving it in position for 20 minutes.
2. Essential oil Compress For Dry Facial Skin
Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil in a bowl of warm water. Soak a cotton pad and apply on face for 5 minutes. Do this once a day. If you are using the compress daily, you can switch to oils like geranium, patchouli and rosemary.
How To Treat Aged Dry Facial Skin Using Essential Oils?
With increasing age, wrinkles, discoloration and breaking of blood vessels is a common scenario for people with dry skin. Massages based on aromatherapy can really help in this situation. Here is a massage recipe to treat aged dry skin.
However, before we go to the actual recipe and prior to the application of this blend on your face, perform the following facial steam bath:
- Add in a bowl of hot water 2 drops of essential oil of lavender + 3 drops of essential oil of geranium.
- Cover your head with a towel and allow the steam to unclog facial pores; do this for 5-8 minutes.
Thereafter, apply 6 drops of rosehip seed oil everyday, alternating with the following mixtures:
- 30ml of jojoba oil + 3 drops of lavender essential oil + 5 drops of essential oil of Geranium.
- 30ml of sweet almond + 4 drops of essential oil of patchouli + 2 droplets of essential oil lavender + 2 drops of essential oil of rosemary.
The Final Word
If you want to have a healthy looking skin that is soft and in perfect condition, forget creams and beauty treatments, and opt for what is natural as in the case of essential oils. Besides being economical and natural, they are the best remedy you can get for your issues related to dry skin.