Plantascription for a Dry Skin

Plantascription for a Dry Skin

Tender, irritated, flaky skin? It’s true; life as a dry skin sufferer isn’t the easiest.

It usually feels one size too small, like it requires much-needed moisture relief.

Fortunately, oils with a deep, rich feel are great for treating dry skin, especially those containg GLA, linoleic acid, and ß-sitosterols, The article about barrier cream will help you figure out which oils are the best for your skin.

Not only do they offer deep moisturisation, but they also repair and protect your skin’s barrier function. They also help with dehydrated skin, by reducing the flow of trans-epidermal water loss from your skin’s tissues.

Botanical Oils for a Dry Skin

Avocado Oil

  • A lovely, rich, fatty oil, which makes it extremely protective against environmental rays
  • Avocado is also very nutritious and has an extremely high vitamin content, making it the perfect oil for a mature, dry skin

Blackcurrant Oil

  • 45 – 50% Linoliec acid
  • 10 – 12% Alpha Linoleic acid
  • 10 – 15% Gamma Linoleic acid
  • Rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals.
  • Contains up to 20% gamma-linolenic acid, not common for many oils

Carrot Tissue Oil

  • Carrot tissue oil is rich in ß-carotene, which is an important antioxidant
  • When this oil is applied to the skin, it behaves like a precursor to Vitamin A, which helps to improve the skin’s barrier function; increasing cellular turnover and thickening the skin

Evening Primrose Oil

  • Evening primrose oil contains 9% gamma linoleic and 71% linoleic acid. These are fundamental for the improvement of the skin’s elasticity and cell structure
  • This botanical oil protects the skins barrier and adds moisture to a dry skin
  • Evening primrose is also a great antioxidant
  • Gamma linoleic acid can help to reduce acne, by diluting sebum reducing clogged pores. It can also help treat rosacea and sensitive skin, by reducing inflammation and by producing prostaglandins which stimulate the contraction of blood vessels

Olive Oil

  • This oil is absorbed by our skin really well, offering wonderful moisturising effects
  • It contains anti-inflammatory properties, great for those with sensitive skin
  • It contains natural squalene, offering great moisturising and absorption
  • It contains Vitamin E, which softens the skin and retards rancidity of the oils and butters
  • It’s also a humectant, drawing water from the atmosphere to your skin

Macadamia Nut Oil

What is not to like about this gorgeous oil, which has a real affinity with the skin?

  • A rich, slow absorbing oil; perfect for a dry skin
  • Rich in Palmitoleic acid, a component of the skin that starts to reduce as we age, which is partly why our skin becomes so dry
  • Protects against the harsh elements, locking moisture into the skin, the perfect treat for a dry skin
  • Macadamia nut oil is great to blend with some of the drier oils, such as thistle, hemp, or rose hip seed oil, for sheer protective bliss

Pumpkin Oil

This has a very high zinc content, which makes it an excellent lifting oil for a dry skin

Rice Bran Oil

  • Rice bran oil contains up to 35% linoleic acid and 40% oleic acid
  • It contains up to 400 mg per kg of tocopherols
  • Contains squalane, one of the most common lipids (oils) produced by the skin
  • It has the highest amount of Vitamin E in all the natural oils
  • Its shelf life is up to a year

Sweet Almond Oil

  • This is a lightweight oil that is low comedogenic
  • Sweet almond oil is perfect for dry skin and is full of lovely fatty acids, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6

Sunflower Oil

  • Sunflower oil contains 61 to 73% linoleic acid
  • Sunflower oil contains about 630 to 700 mg Vitamin E per kilogram
  • Great for mature, dry, sensitive, or damaged skin
  • Offers moisturising, cell regeneration, and conditioning for the skin
  • Imparts a slightly oily protective layer on the skin, that resists rancidity
  • Sunflower Seed oil contains ceramides that are also found in the skin. They help with the adhesion of skin cells, minimising dehydration in the skin’s tissues
  • It has a shelf life of about six months

Safflower oil

  • A great oil for dry or mature skin, it’s rich in omega 9 and Vitamins A, D & E
  • It is wonderful for cellular regeneration and has excellent skin penetration properties
  • Safflower oil contains up to 70% linoleic acid
  • Its shelf life is limited; around six months.

Sesame Oil

  • Sesame oil contains up to 40% linoleic acid
  • High in fatty acids, vitamins B & E, calcium, magnesium & phosphorus
  • It restructures and moisturises skin
  • A longer lasting oil, due to the high proportion of oleic acid

Soybean Oil

  • Soybean oil contains up to 51% linoleic acid
  • Good carrier oil with 60% unsaturated fatty acids
  • A source of Vitamin E
  • A shelf life of 9 months
  • Contains up to 650 mg per kg tocopherols in the gamma-tocopherol state, which means it has wonderful anti-oxidant properties

Watemelon Seed Oil

  • Melon seed oil is high in omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids
  • Also rich in linoleic containing around 45 -55%
  • 15 to 20% Oleic acids, both essential acids vital for restoring natural elasticity to the skin.
You will often see the rarer oils such as Borage, Sea Buckthorn, and Blackcurrant in my formulae. This is because I love to take advantage of all the lovely linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid they contain.

This article would not be complete without giving watermelon seed oil a shout out; it’s a super skin-loving oil, containing 60% linoleic, 20% oleic, and 20% palmitic and stearic acids.

BIO Lipid Complex has been intelligently formulated with the correct balance of oils and ceramides, to help carefully bring your skin back into balance. Nectar treatment balm has potent healing herbs, butters, and phytosterols, that will help with facilitating healing on a deeper level.


I’m not going to end this article without giving Borage, Hemp and Wheat Germ a mention, because they also contain wonderful linoleic acid sources.

Borage contains around 40% linoleic acid, hempseed around 50%, and wheat germ between 55 to 60% linoleic acid; the reason I don’t use them in my formulae is because of their very low shelf life of 3 to 5 months.

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16 thoughts on “Plantascription for a Dry Skin

  1. Angela says:

    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

    • 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:

    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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