Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds. All this means, is that the oils are found naturally in the seeds, bark, flowers, stems and roots of plants. They are called volatile (Can change rapidly and unpredictably, much like my teenage daughter’s mood) Essential oils can quickly change their form, from a liquid or solid to a gas at room temperature.
The oil gets its name from the plant from which it came and it represents the very essence of the smell of that plant. It’s a very concentrated oil, and should always be mixed with a carrier oil. If applied straight to the skin without a carrier oil, it can lead to burning and drying out of the skin. Also, as luck would have it, you may be sensitive or allergic to a particular oil. It is therefore recommended that you do a patch test before using any new oil. Just dab a drop of the oil onto your inner forearm and see if the skin becomes red or inflamed or becomes itchy. If no reaction has occurred within 15 minutes – you should be good to go!
Dry skin can be a major problem for a lot of people, resulting in skin that itches, burns, flakes or causes premature aging. There are many products on the market that might help with this, but if you are keen to try a more natural way, you might want to try a few essential oils for dry skin!
Although we are all looking for an overnight cure, using an essential oil is not it. It will require time and patience, and will need to be used on a regular basis to see results.
As previously mentioned, you would need to use a carrier oil with your essential oil. I have personally used Argan oil quite often and it works well with my dehydrated skin. Other carrier oils that work well for a dry skin are: jojoba, avocado, olive, or almond oil.
Using a carrier oil prevents irritation and ensures that the essential oil is evenly distributed on the skin.
If you have tried coconut oil on your skin before and know that it works for you, then coconut oil may also work. Coconut oil will either work or it will make the skin drier. Experimenting is the only way to go with these types of remedies. In my experience and on my own skin, Argan, Olive and Avo oil have worked best.
Lavender essential oil:
Chamomile essential oil:
This one is known to be a bit pricey – so thank goodness a few drops go a long way!
These are just a few of the essential oils that are beneficial for dry skin. Other examples include; geranium, tea tree, rose, lemon, patchouli, palmarosa and cedarwood oil.
You could use the essential oils on their own or combine them with each other. Just remember to do a patch test before you use a new oil.
If you have a 60ml container, fill it with a carrier oil and then add 24 drops (in total) of your favorite essential oils for dry skin. If for some reason, it doesn’t agree with the skin on your face, please don’t throw away your concoction. Add a few drops of your mixture to your bath water for a beautifully smelling aromatherapy bath, or apply sparingly to your legs and abdomen. You could also leave the bottle by the sink and use it as moisturizing hand oil after washing your hands. Another idea is to apply it to dry and cracked heels. Put it on before you go to bed, slap on an old pair of socks and go to sleep. In the morning, your heels will thank you!
Hopefully, no matter where you use it, these essential oils will go a long way in helping you to improve your dry skin.
Other pages on remedies for skin in connection with this page
1. HARJU, DEBORAH. Hello glow. [Online] /helloglow.co/12-best-essential-oils-gorgeous-skin/.
2. Dr. Axe. [Online] https://draxe.com/anti-aging-essential-oils/.
3. Pegura, Chad. Organic Aromas.
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