Considering how important our skin is to our everyday lives, it is surprising to think how often people do not fully understand what it takes to look after it properly.
There are obviously different suggestions being filtered through to us via the media and through our friends, but at the end of the day, regardless of brand-preference or what you have seen on social media, the core is the same.
Thing is, your skin needs essential oils.
Here’s a list of some of the best essential oils that are proven to help with dry skin. What is important to remember is that your skin may have slightly different needs or might be sensitive to others, but this should not deter you from giving these oils a try.
On the other side, it should, however, make you aware of what different manufacturers do with their products. Here, you can learn what you need. Thereafter, you should do some more research into different brands to decide which variation is best for you.
It is vital to accept that each person’s skin is slightly different in ways that cannot be understood until tested and that you will need to shop around and sample before you find the perfect product.
Once you have reached this understanding, you have unlocked the major obstruction and you have found the key to successfully used essential oils!
1. Helichrysum Essential Oil
Over the years, this extract of sunflower plants (from a variety of species) has been used as an anti-oxidant. Essentially, this means that it has been used for cleansing purposes.
In modern times, scientists have developed ways of using it to combat acne – which can often be a result of dirty or uncleansed skin.
Not only does it act in ways that cure acne, but it also does so in combination with its healing qualities, meaning that nasty scars of burnt skin are not left in place of the acne. It combats whilst repairing.
If acne is not an issue, it can be used for its healing qualities alone, to dilute or help repair the skin affected by tissue damage or scarring.
2. Lavender Essential Oil
It seems unfathomable to think of the smell of lavender without imagining a sense of relaxation and peace.
It is a natural antibacterial, so perhaps this association is a by-product of lavender oil being used for soothing irritation or infection.
This antibacterial quality means it is useful in all levels of irritations – from ingrown hairs to papercuts, from eczema to sunburn.
However, there are also cosmetic benefits. Lavender is known to eradicate blemishes or acne breakouts.
It is not the best option for continued acne treatment, however, it can be very helpful for those last-minute breakouts that everyone has on occasion.
This quick-breakout is usually a result of the skin lacking essential oils, which is why adding them can be so beneficial.
3. Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass is antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial, and therefore an unnegotiable essential oil to keep stockpiled to help both your mind and body.
It is a strong oil, and therefore it is only required in small doses. But even just a few drops can aid in combatting irritation through the removal of toxins or debris.
In general, think about how the use of lemons are promoted in the media when it comes to protection as well as beauty products.
Once you think about how often, lemon is recommended in teas or in food, you will realize why: because it is a healer. Therefore, lemongrass has a similar effect.
However, skipping the ingestion process and simply applying it can, at times, offer a quicker and more substantial result!
Finally, lemongrass is best suited to people with oily skin – though, as has been repeated, this is not always a statement that does not have a condition.
Everything requires testing on individual skin. However, due to the build-up of this oil, it is usually recommended to people with oilier skin.
4. Tea Tree Essential Oil
The first thing to remember about tea tree oil is that despite its name and association with tea leaves, it is completely inappropriate and dangerous to consume.
Instead, it is most effective when rubbed or put on. It is used to heal infections, mostly, and can help combat everything from ingrown hairs to ringworm.
Often, lice medication shampoos or gels will contain tea tree oil, as it helps kill the lice in a very short time frame of up to around 30 minutes. While these effects may seem like remedies – which, of course, they are in sorts – they are also pain-relieving agents, which people often forget.
Yes, tea tree oil will solve the overall problem, but it is wonderful to know that it will also relieve the pain temporarily, with its anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Frankincense Essential Oil
One of the things that makes Frankincense essential oil so popular is the fact that it is suitable for all types – dry, combination and oily.
It has been used at times to lighten the skin naturally, which is useful when trying to improve the color and noticeability of scars or sunspots.
Though, of course, the safest action would have been to wear sun protection oils prior to this.
Moreover, and perhaps more notably, it is used as an anti-inflammatory to heal wounds.
6. Chamomile Essential Oil
When we think of the herb chamomile, we often associate it with the common soothing tea.
However, as a skin-care essential oil, it also retains a wealth of value. Essentially, it soothes frail skin.
While this might seem an obvious choice, therefore, for the elderly or for infants, it can also include people with sensitive skin, eczema or scar tissue.
It is very important that it be mixed in the correct dose, as too much can be hazardous.
However, most products containing chamomile that are on sale to the public have been sufficiently tested and measured to the correct ratios, so do not be too concerned about this.
When using essential oils, it’s crucial to remember the value of dilution. While it may seem that the recipe “more dryness equals higher concentration”, this is not the case, and overall could cause more damage than good.
Simply increasing the concentration will not increase the effects, but it will make it less capable of absorbing or reacting to them. A 2% dilution is what is advised for most, so check your bottle when you purchase and make sure it is in line with this.
It is highly uncommon that you will be sold very high concentrations, but given how quick and easy the internet is to use, it is important to check and be aware.
Finally, it is of paramount importance to remember that essential oils do not have a “one size fits all” ethos – it is highly dependent.
So, if you try to use lavender oil, for instance, to soothe an irritation, and the irritation gets worse, do not think “it will get better eventually, because that is what it is meant for”.
Stop using it. If it does not work for you, try something else.
At the end of the day, your skin health is what really matters.