5 Essential Oils for Dry Skin Because, Baby, It's Cold Outside

Hallie Gould

"Essential oils aren’t just nice-smelling aromas," says Adina Grigore, the founder of the organic skincare brand S.W. Basics and author of Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils Can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life. "They are plant compounds with active and often healing properties, and unlike synthetic fragrance, pure essential oils contain dynamic components that work with your body and your body's chemistry for synergistic, healing results."

An essential oil can be anything from antibacterial to anti-anxiety to incredibly hydrating. There are so many out there, some easier to find and cheaper than others, but whatever skin ailment you’re struggling with, there are specific essential oils to help.

"The great thing about using essentials oils for dry skin is that a few drops will go a long way," continues Grigore. "Keep in mind that when purchasing pure essential oils, you’ll always want to dilute them in a carrier oil." A carrier oil is a plant or seed oil that can "carry" an essential oil in order to make it safe and non-irritating for topical use. "Carrier oils are usually very light in scent and are mild enough to be applied directly to the skin," explains Grigore. "My favorite carrier oils for dry skin are jojoba oil, sesame oil, sweet almond oil, or evening primrose oil. If you’re not a DIY-er, you can always grab pre-diluted essential oils, like S.W. Basics' line of Functional Fragrances."

Below, she lists the best essential oils for dry skin.

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