Dry skin can be caused by several reasons, winter weather, too much sun, skin disease or aging skin dehydrates and dries out your skin cells.
There are many ways to address this issue, with moisturizers, using a humidifier in your home or single, blended body oils.
It is so much better and cleaner for your health and skin to use a natural body oil versus a branded, manufactured lotion or crème.
The reason we recommend this is because of the added preservatives, dyes, chemicals and artificial fragrances, in many brands, which are not healthy and generally considered hormone disruptors and inflammation builders in the body.
Even though it seems counter intuitive, these face and body oils can actually aid skin issues and give you a glowing, bright face. These oils act as both an astringent and a moisturizer. It assists in stabilizing and regulating your normal skin sebum (oil) production.
- Rosehip’s oil is high in fatty acids, vitamin A and antioxidants, leading to higher protection against inflammation and oxidative skin damage. It is great for the Acne prone individual since its known as a dry oil, and very light. Rosehip’s oil can help the angry, red, irritated pimple riddled skin and is absorbed quickly.
- Pomegranate oil is a perfect remedy for reducing any irritation and acne scarring. When you use this oil, it really controls further eruptions or break outs. Rosehips is also beneficial for this issue.
- Olive oil and Coconut oil are moisturizers that are commonly used because more people have these available due to kitchen/cooking use. They oils have centuries of experience, even in ancient times, with great results on body or face; with very few allergic reactions. For the sensitive or acne prone they may be too heavy, or oilier since they are high in essential fatty acids and could affect your skin pores.
- Normal or Combination skin is open to many oil choices, besides those listed above you can add Argan or Grapeseed oil or any oil containing retinal, such as Rosehips. Grapeseed has a stellar reputation for diminishing fine lines around the eyes and neck.
The Moroccan Argan oil, in one study, showed significant increases in skin elasticity as reported in a 2015, in the Journal Clinical Interventions in Aging.
- If your skin is sensitive and needs coddling and soothing, its recommended to use Moringa, or Maracuja from the Passion fruit, or Aloe Vera oil for its powerful hydrating ability and for reducing itching, and irritations. Avocado oil is also excellent for sensitive skin, for aging and inflammation.
Other oils that may work well for dry skin are Australian Emu which is great to help absorb any other ingredients like essential oils into the skin. Almond and Marula oil can facilitate dry skin conditions, locking in moisture.
All of these body oils can be used as carrier oils to add to and Aromatherapy Essential Oil.
It is best to spread a thin layer of oil on damp skin give a few minutes to soak in and then wipe off, if lightweight it should all be absorbed. Or wash off any excess oil, this is especially so if you use the oily coconut or olive oils.
Use smaller amounts of oil to find out how well your skin can absorb, depending on how dry your skin is. Of course, it is recommended to run a patch test for anyone using any oil, especially if very sensitive skin, to make sure you are not allergic.
You can also try using a few drops of an Essential oil with a carrier oil, if you like a certain aroma. For instance, Grapeseed oil mixed with sandalwood helps promote soft skin and ease appearance of wrinkles besides smelling heavenly!
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.