The best carriers and essential oils to use for dry skin

I live in a very dry climate, and normally I sing its praises because I don’t do humidity, but in the winter it’s just SO DRY. I am constantly dousing myself in lotion and being pregnant makes it even worse because of the itchy skin. So today I’m talking all about the best carriers and essential oils for dry skin. HINT: the key is in picking the right carrier to pair with skin nourishing oils.

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The BEST Carriers and Essential Oils for Dry Skin

The BEST Carrier Oils for Dry Skin:

Carrier oils are better to use than a lotion for a dry skin blend because they are heavier and tend to coat an area more–they can hold the essential oil to the skin longer. Lotion is a lighter carrier as it has a water component to it, so while it works for fast absorption, it’s not the best for long-term absorption, which is what you’d want for dry skin.

  • Jojoba: Jojoba oil can act as a second skin, acts as an emollient, providing protection while still allowing the skin to breathe. Contains protein, minerals, a waxy substance that mimics collagen.
  • Sweet Almond Oil: All skin types, especially skin prone to eczema, sensitive, inflamed and dryness. Known for its ability to soften and soothe inflamed skin. Contains glucosides, minerals, vitamins, oleic acid and sterolins
  • Avocado Oil: Known for it’s healing, anti-bacterial and anti-wrinkle properties. High in Vitamin E, lecithin and phytosterols
  • Apricot Kernel Oil: All skin types, especially prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry, easily absorbed. Rich in oleic and linoleic acids.
  • Carrot Seed Oil: Premature aging, itching, burns, dryness, psoriasis and eczema; rejuvenating, reduces scarring. Contains beta-carotene vitamins (B,C,D,E), provitamin A and EFAs
  • Rosehip Oil: Great for damaged, agitated, dry, mature skin. High in fatty acids. Linoleic, linolenic, Oleic, palmitic
  • Baobab: Quick to absorb with exceptional conditioning properties. Does not clog pores. Very rich and stable.
    Absorbs quickly and is a great oil to use on rough skin and products designed to moisturize hair. Contains vitamins A, E and F and sterols.
  • Evening Primrose: Can be used in shampoos for dry hair, in lotions and creams for dry skin and eczema. Contains gamma linolenic acid, vitamins, minerals. This oil does come with some safety cautions, so be aware if using.

Even though fractionated coconut oil is commonly used with essential oils blends, you wouldn’t want to use it for a dry skin blend because it’s been through a chemical process in order to keep it in a liquid state. This is convenient when needing to make roller blends, but the process removes some of the fatty acids which decreases its therapeutic benefit, especially when it comes to dry skin.

The BEST Butters for Dry Skin:

Butters are even heavier than oils and coat more effectively–they absorb slowly over time. Consider combing butters with carriers oils and essential oils to maximize the therapeutic benefit of a blend.

  • Shea butter, unrefined: Anti-inflammatory, used for dry skin, eczema. Composed of fatty acids: palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and arachidic.
  • Cocoa butter: Solid fat, highly protective of skin and acts as a water repellent. Known to soften and lubricate skin and reduce dryness. Contains Vitamin E.

And if you want more information on carrier oils, check out my post HERE.

The BEST Essential Oils for Dry Skin:

When it comes to essential oils and dry skin, you want to think of two categories: florals and heavy, base note oils (like resins and woods). They are usually in the Sesquiterpene or Sesquiterpenol families and have skin nourishing constituents.

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile, Roman and German
  • Geranium
  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Neroli
  • Balsam
  • Myrrh
  • Cedarwood
  • Sandalwood
  • Patchouli

Essential Oils to Avoid for Dry Skin:

You’ll want to avoid most oils in the Phenols, Aldehydes, and Ether class as they have constituents that can actually be skin irritants. I also avoid oils in the Monoterpene class because they are usually top notes that evaporate quickly and are less stable, so they are prone to oxidation. When an oil has oxidized, it can lead to skin irritation.

  • Melissa
  • Lemongrass
  • Clove
  • Thyme ct. thymol
  • Anise
  • Fennel
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Most citrus (Monoterpenes)
  • Most firs (Monoterpenes)

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