Need an extra hydration boost to help soothe your skin from the effects of the harsh cold winter conditions? Look no further than essential oils.
Essential oils are made up of plant compounds with healing properties,
Essential oils can be anything help by hydrating skin and help heal skin ailments like eczema and acne. But when you’re hit with cold air and furious winter winds most of us are, as much as we may take care of our skin, it’s hard to escape the dry and flakey effects of winter weather.
Like many essential oils, in order for them to work their magic they need a carrier. That means adding a few drops into your body cream to help them seep into the skin.
Here are the most popular and effective essential oils you can buy to heal and hydrate your skin during the cold winter season (or at any time!).
Remember, to use any of these oils, mix a few drops into a carrier oil or a cream.
Top Ten Essential Oils for Dry Skin:
It’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and extremely soothing, so it’ll calm your skin pretty quickly. Lavender is especially good for skin conditions related to inflammation, such as acne, eczema.
Used in Morroco for hundreds of years, this oil contains high levels of vitamin E and anti-inflammatory fatty acids and can be used to fight everything from dry, flaky skin to acne.
Carrot Seed Oil
This one is a lesser known oil that you should have on your radar. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and soothes redness and irritations. It’s full of vitamin E and vitamin C, which are both moisturizing and rejuvenating as well. Carrot seed oil may even help fight off precancerous skin lesions on skin exposed to too much sun.
This is a common one but super effective. If you have extremely dry skin you can slather this on hands or body directly, or as mentioned above, or added to a cream for a less oily effect. When buying, look to use First Cold Pressed oil, though.
This is one of the most popular and accessible of oils that are super hydrating for your skin. You can use it directly on skin or in your cream for added hydration.
Packed with heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flaxseed oil is another great skin hydrator and can help with severe dry patches and eczema with regular use.
The Jojoba seed when extracted in oil form has a chemical structure that’s very similar to our skin’s natural oils, so it’s easily absorbed. Dermatologists recommend it because it also contains zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help strengthen the skin.
This is such a rich emollient, avocado oil is ideal for those with dry, itchy, or aging skin.
The oil of this thistle-like flower contains linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acid, which helps your skin make ceramides, a type of lipid that helps the skin hold onto water and prevent dehydration. Many dermatologists say it’s the top oil for inflamed skin.
This popular herb known for its tea form is also great topically. It helps to improve skin health, helping to fight the signs of aging, and provide moisturization to dry, itchy skin.
Rose oil can also help promote better skin health, reduce irritation and burning, and help to moisturize the skin as well.
—by Toni-Marie Ippolito