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

It usually feels one size to 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 barrier cream will help you figure out what 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 skins tissues.


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 to 50% Linoliec acid
  • 10 to 12% Alpha linoleic acid
  • 10 to 15%Gamma linoleic acid
  • Rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals.
  • Contains up to 20% gamma-linolenic acid, not common to 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, that 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
  • It’s shelf life is up to a year

Sweet Almond Oil

  • This is a light weight 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 skins 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 wonderful skin penetration properties
  • Safflower oil contains up to 70% linoleic acid
  • It’s 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 formulas, 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 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. Naturlene 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 formulas, is because of their very low shelf life of 3 to 5 months.

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