How Botanicals Can Repair Dry Skin and an Impaired Barrier

Plantascription for a Dry Skin

Updated 10/10/2020

Are you plagued with dry skin concerns?

Or do you have extremely dry and flaky skin, with conditions such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis presenting?

Fortunately, there is an answer to your dry skin woes phytosterols, natural components found in plants that have a wonderful affinity with your skin.

They contain gorgeous fatty acids, potent antioxidants, anti-inflammatory’s, and ceramides, and because they are fat-loving, they pass easily through the skin’s lipid layer offering a massive moisture boost.

They’re also rich in essential fatty acids including omega 3, 6, and 9, which help to strengthen the skin barrier function and stabilise your skin’s natural oil production.

The best oil if you suffer from a dry skin

  • Sesame oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Borage seed oil
  • Carrot tissue oil
  • Apricot kernel oil a lovely light oil
  • The pomegranate seed oil has an interesting fatty acid profile
  • Rice bran oil is a lovely barrier repairing oil.
  • Macadamia is a medium weight oil of low comedogenicity and wonderful for the face, especially a dry, mature type
  • Avocado Oil is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, and minerals, lecithin, squalene, and fatty acids, making it one of the best oil for the face. It also has low comedogenicity and shelf life, of over a year
  • Squalane contains naturally occurring lipids that makeup 12% of the oil in your skin. These sebaceous secretions are what is responsible for producing the lovely oil or sebum that keeps our skin soft and supple; The rest is wax, triglycerides, fatty acids, and unicorn tears, ok not quite but it sounds intriguing right? All of this helps squalane to naturally integrate within the skin tissues – so a bit of a wonder oil when it comes to replenishing dry skin conditions.
  • Marula oil is an omega-rich oil and one of the richest known plant sources of Oleic acid – a component of healthy skin. It has high levels of Linoleic, Palmitic, and Stearic acids which form a healing emollient that protects against dryness, pollution, and heat, whilst boosting dry and depleted skin by rehydrating the natural moisture barrier, making it the perfect oil for dry, rough skin types.
  • Sunflower Oil is a lightweight, low comedogenic oil that is great for photo-damaged, mature, dry, and sensitive skin types. It has some really wonderful emollient properties, due to the fact that it is rich in essential fatty acids. It has a shelf life of between 6 to 9 months

In our formulas, we use these oils in a combination for really dry skinned guys and gals, such as Bio lipid complex have been intelligently formulated with the correct balance of phytosterols and ceramides, to bring dry skin in a state of flux into balance.

We also add lovely occlusive ingredients into the mix for that added moisture boost – Nectar contains potent healing herbs, butters, and phytosterols to facilitate healing on a deeper level.

There are far too many to mention here in one go, so if you’d like further information, follow the link to find out more about oils for dry skin.

16 thoughts on “How Botanicals Can Repair Dry Skin and an Impaired Barrier

  1. Angela says:

    Hello,
    Just found your website and thoroughly enjoyed reading about oils and their shelflives.
    I like hemp oil and mix with other oils for my dry skin. I have just had 18 months of chemotherapy that has caused me numerous skin problems. I wondered if I could extend the shelf life of hemp by adding vitamin E oil or mixing with oils that have a longer shelf life in the hope of extending the life of hemp oil. Hope this makes sense.
    Thank you
    Angela

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Angela
      Thanks for reaching out, so sorry to hear about the fact that you underwent chemo for 18months but hope all is going well. Angela dry skin is a classic side effect of this treatment and I am sure Hemp along with your other oils for dry skin will be wonderful. Yes vitamin E will help prevent your oils from oxidising so there is no harm doing this and vitamin E also has wonderful benefits for the skin so enjoy. Kind regards Samantha

  2. Clare Wayne says:

    Hi Samantha, My name is Clare from Perth, Australia. I spoke with you a few years back, when you were still getting your skincare up and running. I am trying to track down a supplier of cosmetic oils in Australia, but many are refined…I would be correct in thinking that I only want to use oils that are unrefined? Do you post your skincare to Australia? I hope you are well and clearly, you are still sharing the most amazing information with the world 🙂 Thanks so very much, Clare

  3. Linda Thompson says:

    I can’t believe, after all these years (72), someone actually takes this problem seriously. I have been tested, poked, prodded, skin scraped etc all my life. I spent a year (at age 1-2) in a major U.S. hospital being experimented on. Most helps I have found myself. My lovely Vietnamese pedicurist told me about urea. I looked it up & here I am. I know about borage oil from a cuarandro (medicine doctor who was also a dermatologist, in NM). Because of the combination of extremely dry skin & exema, none of the doctors have a real idea what to do. I have to get medicine for itching in Mexico because nothing in th U.S. works. I got foot cream with urea but I don’t know where to find body lotion with it. I would love to find something to help. I can put lotion on, go to the store & get home to totally white speckled clothes. The only thing dermatologists want to do for me now is cut off sun poisoning spots! If you can offer any suggestions I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Linda

      Thank you for your comment and your story sound really tragic being experimented on like that? I love urea i really do for both my mature, dry, and dehydrated skin and my clients also love it. Time an time again I see dermatologists ail my clients and have to question is it because they don;t understand skin or ingredients? Or both for that matter. I currently don’t do a body cream, so have no idea what to recommend I do apologise I do a lovely unusual facial serum with a now higher dosage of urea and hyaluronic (soon to be released) and I think you would love my sos formula also. keep an eye out on the website in the next couple of days. Samantha

  4. sandy dykes says:

    hello samantha, i took your advice and bought rice bran oil for my very dry face,, I just love it.. very well priced and so good..when out should i get a different oil, you gave me the names of several..also my sister ask does any of theses oils have elasticity? or do we even need it..thank you so much. sandy

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi sandy glad you are enjoying it, sandy we are all metabolically different just assess your skin from time to time and if you like it and your skin tolerates it why change it you can always add in some other oils such as macadamia and avocado. Sandy our skin contains elasticity you are not going to get this from an ingredient, peptides, vitamin A and C all help with this but it’s our internal scaffolding that becomes less elastic as we age my advice use good quality anti ageing ingredients, eat well and stay out the sun as much as possible.. You can read more about this in my new article soon to be released called pollution proof your routine.. Hope this helps Samantha

  5. , says:

    samantha,
    thank you so much for helping me , i will be reading your blog forever. you are a blessing …
    you have a gift and you are sharing it.. wow thanks again.. sandy

  6. sandy says:

    hello samantha,
    yes, thank you so much for that info.. it helps so much. is this just pure oils or essentials.. new to all this..
    i will buy the oils you named..but from where.. thank you again.. this really is not about aging but a chronic drynes…. sandy

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi sandy not essential oils they are to drying..depends where you are based – put in suppliers of cosmetic grade and then your oil of choice for more local suppliers.Check out my recent articles on barrier repair for chronic dryness

  7. sandy says:

    yes, thank you for all your wonderful advice..
    my skin is very dry.. i am 62.
    i use coconut oil.
    you named several oils. should i just choose one and use it… where do i buy?
    thank you so much sandy

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Sandy
      You can use one or a combination look for oils with high oleic acid and Vitamin E to improve moisturisation of your skin. You’ll also require something rich in linoleic acid to reduce your transepidermal water loss and repair the barrier. think avocado, soy, sesame, macadamia, rice bran, camellia, squalane or jojoba even a butter like shea is awesome for dry skinned folks. hope this helps Samantha

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