9 Best Essential Oil For Dry Skin

Categories: DIY Recipe, Dry skin, and Essential Oils.

Do you have dry skin? Does your skin get uncomfortably taut after washing your face? In this post, I will show you the 9 best essential oil for dry skin. 

These natural ingredients will give you instant relief and nourish your skin to gain back its moisture balance.

Why You Should Make Your Own Skin Care Products If You Have Dry Skin

The beauty in making your own skin care products is that you can control which ingredients go onto your skin.

Especially if your skin is dry and/or sensitive, you need to be extra cautious about what products you put on your face and body!

While skin care helps to nourish your skin on the surface, the active ingredients and chemicals in skin care can penetrate through your skin and reach your blood circulatory system. 

Since the skin allows many substances to be readily absorbed, it can either do good or for bad for your body!

Today, a lot of commercial skin care products are laden with chemicals, synthetic fragrances and preservatives.

You should avoid using these harmful chemicals found in your beauty products. (Learn more here)

They could market themselves as using “natural ingredients” but such ingredients are shown far down on the ingredients list. The farther down, the smaller the amounts of ingredients are being used.


You are not really reaping the full benefits the “natural ingredient” claims to do!

How Does Essential Oil Help With Dry Skin?

Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent extracts derived from plants. I like to think of it as all the beneficial compounds that has helped the plants to survive are now being extracted and distilled into essential oils.

Throughout ancient history, essentials oils have been used for healing and perfumery. Since then, the knowledge of using medicinal properties of plants have been researched til today.

Essential oils can penetrate into the dermis (deeper layer of the skin) to nourish and revitalize skin cells.

This is unlike commercial beauty products that contain heavier ingredients like waxes and thickeners. These waxes and thickeners remain primarily on skin’s surface and do not penetrate deep into the skin.

How To Use Essential Oils For Dry Skin?

Before we jump into the best essential oils for dry skin, here are 5 quick pointers on using essential oils.

  • 1
    Due to its potency, most essential oils should be diluted in carrier oil before applying directly on skin. Take note of essential oil limits: No more than 1% for facial leave-on products. No more than 0.5% lip balms. 0.1% is sufficient for the area around the eyes.
  • 2
        Never ingest essential oils, unless under a trained aromatherapist.
  • 3
    Store essential oils in a cool, dark place (without direct sunlight). They will last between two to three years.
  • 4
    Choose pure essential oils. It is better if it is organic.
  • 5
       Always consider using less essential oils for products aimed at children,      pregnant women, and people with sensitive skin. 
  • 6
    As with all skin care rules, always do a patch test on skin before using product.

9 Best Essential Oil For Dry Skin

Best Essential Oil for Dry Skin
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1. Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

Cedarwood is also great for oily skin, eczema and acne. It is known for its antiseptic, antibacterial and astringent properties.

Blends well with:  Other base note tree essential oils, bergamot, lavender

Safety: Avoid during pregnancy.

2. Chamomile (Roman) (Chamaemelum nobile)

Chamomile is also suitable for oily skin, eczema and acne. It is known for its antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and calming properties.

Blends well with: lavender, neroli, cypress

Safety: It may cause sensitivity in some people.

3. Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

Frankincense helps to rejuvenate skin cells and is wonderful in alleviating dry skin It is also known for antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Frankincense essential oil is known to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

They can be costly, but has double the benefits of being an essential oil for dry skin and mature skin.

Blends well with: Rose, Roman chamomile, lavender, sandalwood, geranium.

Safety: No known contraindications.

4. Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium)

Although Helichrysum is expensive, it is a great essential oil for dry skin. Also great for people with acne, eczema and dermatitis due to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties.

Blends well with: Geranium, rose, lavender, citrus essential oils

Safety: No known contraindications.

5. Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

One of my favorite essential oil for dry skin and sensitive skin. Also suitable for those with mature skin. It is also known to be antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and mild analgesic.

Blends well with: Geranium, sandalwood, cedarwood, citrus essential oils

Safety: It is advisable to avoid use during pregnancy as jasmine may stimulate uterine contraction. Jasmine essential oil dermal limit is 0.4% for facial product, 0.7% for leave-on body products.

6. Lavender (Lavandula angustfolia)

lavender essential oil for dry skin
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Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oil and is reasonably priced. It is known for many properties, including antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory.

Also great for people with oily skin, eczema and acne. As it is gentle and does not irritate in most cases, it is great for people with dry, sensitive skin.

Blends well with: Floral and citrus oils

Safety: No known contraindications. Generally, it is gentle and non-irritating in most cases.

7. Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Patchouli boosts itself with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties. Due to its balancing and calming properties, it is great for those with cracked skin.

Blends well with: Sweet orange, lavender, rose, geranium, neroli, most base note and spice essential oils

Safety: No known contraindications.

8. Rose

essential oil for dry skin rose oil
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Another of my favorite essential oil for dry skin due to its sweet floral aroma and its effectiveness on dry skin and sensitive skin. Also suitable for those with mature skin. It has antidepressant, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

Blends well with: Geranium, lavender, other floral and spice note essential oils

Safety: No known contraindications. However, do check that you buy pure, unadulterated rose essential oil. Demal limit is 0.02% in leave-on products.

9. Sandalwood (Santalum album)

This has moisturizing effect which is great for people who have cracked, dry skin. It also has antidepressant, antibacterial and anti-infectious properties.

Blends well with: Clove, lavender, bergamot, rose, myrrh and ylang ylang.

Safety: No known contraindications.

Best Carrier Oils for Dry Skin /
Best Base Oils for Dry Skin

1. Castor Oil

This is suitable for those with dry and mature skin. If you have dry, rough areas around your heel or elbow, apply some castor oil to nourish the skin.

My recommendation: Heritage Store Organic Castor Oil

2. Rosehip Seed Oil

This is my absolute favorite! This is great for those with damaged, dry or prematurely aged skin. It contains high amounts of essential fatty acids and helps to regenerate skin cells.

I would scoop a portion of my daily facial cream onto my palm, add 2-3 drops of rosehip seed oil, mix them before applying onto my face.

The oil “sits” on my skin for a short while and gives that protective layer around my skin.

It gets fully absorbed after a few minutes and works wonder to reduce the tightness and redness on my skin!

My recommendation: ​​​Life-flo Pure Rosehip Seed Oil

3. Macadamia nut oil

Known to be similar to human sebum, this oil helps to protect, heal and soothe the skin.

If you like a lightweight oil, this would be your choice as macadamia nut oil absorbs readily into the skin.

My recommendation: Life-flo Pure Macadamia Oil

How To Make Your Own Facial Oil For Dry Skin

You will need to dilute essential oils in carrier oils.

To make 15ml of facial oil, I would put about 10-15 drops of essential oil into the carrier oil. I would also add a few drops of Vitamin E to reduce oxidation of the oil.

By creating the facial oil in small batches, I can ensure its “freshness”.

In order to reap more benefits of the oils, feel free to be creative and mix different essential oils into the carrier oil! For example, 5 drops of Lavender + 5 drops of Sandalwood + 5 drops of Chamomile.

It is so easy to DIY facial oil at home!

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What combination of oils did you use to create your own facial oil for dry skin?

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