Essential Oils for Dry Skin

Best Secret for Dry skin – Essential Oils!

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.

Carrier Oils:

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.  

Beneficial Essential Oils for Dry Skin

Lavender essential oil:  

  • This oil is very hydrating and provides nourishment to the skin.  
  • It is highly beneficial for burns and scars.  
  • It is also said to calm the nerves and ward off tension headaches.  
  • It improves cellular communication in the skin and improves the healing capability of the skin.  
  • Free radicals are nasty things that roam around our bloodstream due to our intake of toxins, chemicals and pollutants that we breathe in or ingest. We need antioxidants to fight these free radicals before it results in disease, premature aging and a lowered immune system.  Apparently lavender oil helps your body produce 3 very powerful antioxidants (and we need all the help we can get!!) These powerhouses of antioxidant action are glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase. 
  • Lavender oil also contains antimicrobial properties, which means it is very useful in killing off bacteria on the skin. This is particularly useful in an acne skin type or where there is an angry, red, inflamed look to the skin.  

Chamomile essential oil:  

This one is known to be a bit pricey – so thank goodness a few drops go a long way!

  • This oil has been used for centuries to help improve the health of the skin. It is known to fight off the signs of aging and help moisturize dry and itchy skin.  
  • It is a calmative oil, so it will help with burning or irritated skin. It may be useful when dry skin is accompanied by eczemaacne or rosacea

Ylang ylang:  

  • ylang ylang is said to be an antiseptic, keeping the skin clean and free of problem causing bacteria.  
  • It is highly moisturizing in action as well, and keeps the skin well balanced.
  • It stimulates cell growth, which fights the effects of aging.


  • What a wonderful oil for aging skins!  Frankincense improves the elasticity of the skin and encourages cell renewal. 
  • It is said to help with pigmentation of the skin as well. It helps with evening out of skin tone. If you have patches of white or darker areas on your face, frankincense may even-out your skin tone and help reduce the appearance of sunspots and age spots.  
  • This amazing oil protects the skin cells and helps reduce acne scars and the appearance of large pores and wrinkles.  
  • It helps with the tone and elasticity of the skin, some studies have shown that frankincense can help in the tightening of saggy skin, and for the fading of stretch marks and scars. 
  • It is also very hydrating and good for dry cracked skin.  

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.

How to Use Essential Oils:

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] /

2. Dr. Axe. [Online]

3. Pegura, Chad. Organic Aromas

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