Moisturizers aren’t the only remedy for dry skin. There are many ways to replenish your skin's moisture with lightweight, hydrating ingredients. The best essential oils for dry skin don't just moisturize; they also calm and soothe the skin, leaving a lasting effect that won’t rub off easily throughout the day.
Applying heavy lotions isn't always the answer to dryness. Oftentimes, a formula that's too rich will sit on top of the skin, without penetrating deep enough to relieve dryness — but that's not the case with some lighter essential oils. However, it is important to note that nearly all essential oils should be heavily-diluted with a carrier oil before application. "A carrier oil is simply a fatty oil usually derived from the seeds, nuts or kernels of a plant," says Sheel Desai Solomon, board-certified dermatologist. "Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils and carry them onto your skin. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil, and is a great way to prevent waste due to excessive application ... Essential oils should be diluted in a 3 to 5 percent solution.”
When it comes to choosing the right essential oil for your skin, keep in mind that not all essential oils are beneficial, or safe. Gretchen Frieling, board-certified dermatopathologist, says, "Whether you create home remedies or find a favorite company offering oil-based skin care, look carefully at the list of skin care oils that are used while bearing in mind the following: The skin care oils you apply should not have a downside. For example, many essential oils from the citrus family smell wonderful, but they photosensitize the skin and should not be used."
As an aromatherapist, I’ve found that what works for one person may not work for another. It’s incredibly important to consider your own allergies and experiences, as most essential oils can be irritating to people with sensitive skin. (So, if cinnamon makes your nose feel itchy, cinnamon essential oil is likely to wreak havoc on your skin.) The best way to make sure a blend or single essential oil won’t cause irritation is by testing it on the inside of your elbow first and waiting 24 hours. So long as you follow those safety measures, these six are some of the best choices to help combat dry skin.