Every year, as fall turns to winter I (like many others) deal with dry skin and sometimes even those pesky spots of eczema. Itchy, irritated patches are never something to look forward to, but with some key essential oils for dry skin, you’ll be able to manage it much easier than just with a simple moisturizer. So, what exactly are these essential oils that help treat things like poor concentration, anxiety, and even migraines? They are botanical extracts that come from everything from seeds to bark to stems and flowers (basically any part of the plant).
We aren’t the first ones to make a case for the beauty benefits of essential oils. Essential oil extraction has been traced back to the ancient Egyptian times, and there are pictures of the extraction process inscribed on their temple walls. In fact, it’s even believed that Cleopatra used several in her daily skincare routine (and hello, she was gorgeous).
Essential oils work to remove dead skin cells and promote new cells (of softer skin). When it comes to application, because they are so concentrated, it’s best to add a few drops into your daily moisturizer or dilute them in base or carrier oils like argan, coconut, or jojoba, to protect against irritation. It never hurts to place a drop or two on your skin and check it for a reaction before using it on your entire body. Side note: If you are pregnant, you should discuss usage with your doctor first since some of these oils can bring on contractions.
Click through to see the top seven soothing essential oils for dry skin and why each works.
Jasmine oil comes from the blooms of the same name and is a common ingredient in perfumes (it’s thought to be an aphrodisiac). It’s not only moisturizing, but it helps put elasticity back into the skin.
Lavender oil has been long known to treat anxiety with its scent alone, so it’s no surprise that it also helps to calm itchy skin. Heads up: If you have low blood pressure, it may cause you to be a bit drowsy.
This healing oil from the Turkish geranium helps with dryness on the skin—simply add a few drops to your moisturizer. It will also help you beat early signs of aging.
This oil comes from an herb plant in the mint family and works especially well to cure dry, flaky skin. Bonus points that it also works to keep insects away.
Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of a particular rose and is lauded for its ability to help rid the skin of olds cell as well as promote cell renewal. It’s hands down the best for treating dry skin near stretch marks.
Rosewood oil is sourced in the Brazilian rainforest (and even as far as India) where it’s extracted from evergreen trees. It specifically increases cell and tissue renewal to leave you with softer skin.
This exotic oil comes from the Cananga Odorata var. genuina tree and works to get your body’s natural oil secretion back on track. It’s best applied mixed with a base oil on a cotton ball to affected areas (less is more).