If you or a loved one is dealing with dry skin you are likely aware of the symptoms already.
But here’s a quick recap
Dry skin often results in a cracked and flaky complexion… Dry patches on various parts of the body – often on hands, feet and around the neck. And over time dry skin can lead to chronic wrinkling and other skin conditions. Inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema are most popular.
While the root cause of dry skin may be unknown, choosing good moisturizers and essential oils that help balance skin health can be a big help.
We choose essential oils for dry skin based on their ability to:
- Balance the production and reabsorption of sebum (skin oils)
- Introduce anti-inflammatory properties
- Reduce the likelihood of wrinkles developing
- New skin-cell growth promoters
- Anti-aging oils
- Skin rejuvenators
Some essential oils with these qualities include:
- German chamomile
- Roman Chamomile
- Carrot seed
Below you’ll find some recipes that you can at home which include some of the essential oils listed above. These recipes work with the essential oils listed above and combine them with nourishing carrier oils like almond and apricot kernel oil.
Table of Contents
- 5 Simple Essential oil and Hydrosol Based Recipes for Dry Skin
- Alternative Ways to Support Dry Skin, cracked and flaky skin
5 Simple Essential oil and Hydrosol Based Recipes for Dry Skin
Simple Nutritive Moisturizer for Dry Skin
- 1 tbs. avocado, borage, evening primrose or rose-hip seed oil
- 5 tsp. apricot kernel oil
- 3 drops lavender
- 2 drops rose
- 2 drops geranium
- 2 drops Palmarosa
Use as a moisturizer when needed. Can be stored in a dark 2-ounce glass container.
Simple Toner / Cleanser for dry skin
Combine ingredients in a small dark glass jar. Shake well before every use. Apply twice daily.
Simple Facial Mask for Dry Skin
- 2 tbs clay (bentonite, green and white all work)
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp evening primrose oil or rose-hip seed oil
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 drops rose
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops sandalwood
- Mix ingredients together.
- Apply to skin and leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with cool water.
Simple Hydrosol Spray Bottle Blend
Hydrosols are the lesser-known sibling of essential oils. When essential oils are steam distilled, the hydrosol (or hydrolat) is what’s left behind. Hydrosols are safe and effective hydration and nourishers. They’re particularly helpful by aiding in the re-absorption and balancing of the skin’s oil – sebum.
- 1-ounce helichrysum hydrosol
- 1-ounce rose water/hydrosol
- 1-ounce chamomile hydrosol
- 1-ounce lavender hydrosol
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- 1 drop chamomile essential oil
Combine ingredients in a dark, 4-ounce glass spray bottle. Spray onto dry skin day and night following cleansing.
Simple Nourishing Bath oil Blend for Dry Skin
- 1 tsp carrier oil ((argan, coconut, sesame, sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed, macadamia)
- 2 drops chamomile
- 2 drops Palmarosa
- 1 drop patchouli
- Start filling your tub with warm water
- Mix you carrier and essential oils together in a non-reactive bowl, stirring well.
- Add to the tub and agitate to disperse blend into the bathwater.
- Soak in the tub for 30 minutes or more, massaging floating oil droplets into dry skin.
Alternative Ways to Support Dry Skin, cracked and flaky skin
Foods to avoid.
Most common dietary culprits of skin imbalance include:
- Dairy (lactose, casein)
- Wheat (gluten)
These are worth eliminating from the diet to assess for a change in symptoms. Food sensitivities can wreak havoc on the skin.
Foods to consume
Your best food friends to rebalance your dry skin are foods abundant in healthy fats (saturated, omega-3) and trace nutrients (B vitamins, Vitamin A, K2). And drink lots of water.
Foods include high-fat sources like:
- Coconut oil
- macadamia nut oil
- Olive oil
- Bacon fat
- Beef tallow
- Avocado oil
- Krill oil
- Cod-liver oil
And foods high in skin-nourishing nutrients:
- Bone Broth
- Boiled carrots
- Sweet potatoes
And of course, drink more water!
Check for bodily imbalances
It’s possible that a dry skin condition could stem from internal imbalances, like a thyroid or liver problem.
If you have severe a severe dry skin condition that just won’t resolve it’s probably a good idea to get some blood tests done.
Some recommended blood tests:
Why? Because you may be experiencing a symptom of hypothyroidism, which commonly involves dry, cracking skin.
Why? Ever heard the phrase “your skin reflects your liver”? Liver health is completely intertwined with how the skin maintains itself.
Hopefully, these recipes come in handy for you.
Keep in mind that the topics explored in this post only scratch the surface.
The recipes I’ve provided are solid – but there are many more options that you could investigate for external applications.
The recommendations at the end in alternative methods should provide you with a lot of skin support if undertaken and the blood tests could show you an underlying condition. But don’t limit yourself – keep researching!