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Essential oils for dry skin

Essential oils have many wonderful benefits when it comes to treating dry skin:

  • antibacterial can fight acne infections
  • repair and heal dull, dry, flaky skin
  • stimulate the growth of new cells
  • encourage the removal of dead skin cells
  • those with chamazulene are calming and soothing
  • gently break down the adhesion’s between skin cells

With so many benefits, you can begin to see why essential oils make the perfect ingredient for many skin concerns, including dry skin conditions.

Treating dry skin

Dry skin naturally doesn’t produce enough sebum (oil). It can often feel tight and associated with fine lines that run horizontally across the skin.

Fortunately, several essential oils can help stimulate the production of sebum and balance secretions within the skin.

Essential oils that treat dry skin conditions:

  • chamomile
  • neroli
  • rose Otto
  • geranium
  • palma rosa
  • rosewood
  • sandalwood

Sensitive skin conditions

Often dry skin is associated with sensitive skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

Some essential oils have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties; they are calming and gentle, helping to soothe irritated, inflamed skin.

  • german chamomile
  • yarrow
  • blue tansy
  • neroli
  • helichrysum

Oils that stimulate circulation

Our skin naturally regulates our body temperature. Through a process known as vasodilation and vasoconstriction, through the superficial capillaries and sudoriferous glands, these glands help control the production of sweat, whilst regulating body temperature through the evaporation of perspiration.

Essential oils for dry skin can play a role in encouraging microstimulation within the skin’s tissues; examples of these oils are:

  • german Chamomile
  • geranium
  • rose otto
  • rosemary
  • lemon

The naked truth

We tend to steer clear of using essential oils in many of our facial products, any exception within our formulas, is because they serve a specific purpose, on a deeply healing level. – please see below.

We appreciate this may appear counter-intuitive after reading this article. Still, we have found that many of our clients using facial care products, experience extreme sensitivity to essential oils and fragrances.

We advocate using essential oils in a blend and feel they have their place in skincare, but mostly when treating the body, or skin conditions that require antibacterial treatment such as acne.

Blends containing essential oils

Miracle Cleanse this harnesses healing Blue Tansy and German Chamomile for their soothing chamazulene properties, they also give the formula it’s beautiful blue hue.
Ceramide treatment balm harnesses the gorgeous benefits of New Zealand natives, including Manuka and Kanuka, both of which have a real affinity with the skin. They are deeply healing due to their antibacterial and skin-repairing properties.
Sos soothing complex contains an antibacterial blend of Manuka oil to calm and soothe acne inflammation.

If you would like to learn more about wonderful essential oils’ valuable properties, you may find the following article interesting.

21 thoughts on “Essential oils for dry skin

  1. Joyceline says:

    Please help me, I have ichthyosis vulgaris and it’s really scally, I have tried neem and argan oil yet no change. The most pressing one is the marks I have on my skin due to a bad thing I used. Please tell me what to do so I can get my confidence back.

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Teresa

      I would custom blend the essential oils and make sure your really dilute them down in an oil base. It might be nice to also add them to your moisturiser. Remember if you have sensitive or compromised skin do avoid the use of them. Kind regards Samantha

  2. Doris says:

    Hi Samantha the palms of my hands have pimple soars that are itchy I mean beyond itchy I have seen a dermatologist and he has prescribed lyderm o.o5 I apply the cream when the pimple appears and itching starts I apply twice then the pimple dries up I also take Benadryl as it controls the itch however the down side is the skin becomes so dry so I apply Eczema creams not good my hands ? burn and and start to ich very bad red inflamed any suggestions may be it’s not eczema ?

    • Samantha Miller says:


      I would love to advise how to treat this but it is out of my remit, you have a conditions referred to as Dyshidrotic eczema and i know these blisters can be totally itchy. All I know from my experience through my customers is that it can be due to being in contact with something new? So elimination maybe the key. Apologies i can not be more help Kind regards samantha

  3. Ryan says:

    My skin was damaged when I came down with sepsis. The bacteria severely injured my liver and now it’s like my skin has no sebum whatsoever. I’m basically living on oils at this point. Can you please tell me which oils will help restore sebum production? Thanks

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Ryan
      Oils alone will not help, you need a lipid repairing moisturiser that is replenishing, also you need to take internal fatty acids, read my article on linoleic acid and look out for my net article on barrier repair cream, it may make more sense. Using just oils long term can actually make your skin quite dry, not sure if you were aware of this? Samantha

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi Samantha, I’m 47 and have very dry sensitive skin, my face especially. I’m reading some of your other responses and I’m wondering if I should stay away from essential oils on my face and can you recommend an alternative? I do have eczema but it only flares up in the winter months.

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi lisa

      So as we mature hyaluronic acid depletes in the skin along with other skin identical ingredients. The other factor could be that you are not taking enough fatty acids internally see my article it can really make a huge difference to your skin. I to have very dry skin so I have worked for a number of years on a skin identical formula or should i say formulas that I am really loving, this is the BIO Lipid complex and Fortify my barrier defense cream and they are really really lovely for a dry skin, not only because they are packed full of skin identical ingredients that are missing for a dry skin. These are soon to be released I can let you know when exactly if you like.

      I hope this helps and please take a read of this although using oils alone will long term ironically make your skin more dry. Some skin types do not bode well with essential oils especially those prone to sensitivity which is me so i choose to avoid them, you may want to consider this also. Kind regards Samantha and good luck.

  5. Erin says:

    Hi Samantha! I’ve noticed in the last year or so that I have dry, rough patches on the tops of my feet. I have tried soaking and light exfoliation followed by a natural whipped body butter. But it’s still dry and rough, would essential oils help? Thanks!

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Erin
      No essential oils won’t work in this case sorry it requires something more like a humectant, see my article on Urea and the comments. Feet need regular exfoliation also and it could be your posture?

  6. Janet says:

    My skin is so dry that just rubbing my hand on it will cause it to flake off. Sometimes I take a nail brush to it to get relief. Then there is my right foot take has so many layers of dry skin that if it swells just a bit it feels strangled. I have been looking into essential oils for the last couple of months. Do you have any suggestions for my dry skin and foot? I am overwhelmed by so many essential oils to choose from. Thank you in advance.

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Greta
      Rosacea is a very complex condition to treat, just because there are so many things going on within the skin. Look for humectant igredients such as hyaluronic acid in your products. You actually need to avoid the use of Essential oils and fragrances with this skin condition as they can be really irritating..less really is best! Please refer to my articles on Rosacea and sensitive skin for more information. Samantha x

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