My skin tends to be dry, and for several years I have used preparations that contain essential oils (either bought or home-made). I love the feel of the oils on my skin – and it’s also a mini-aromatherapy session in that I can breathe in the scents of the oils.
I found this article, on RockyMountainOils.com that gives a list of the best oils for hydrating dry skin, and a guide to cleansing the skin.
People usually have either oily or dry skin. The key is to clean and moisturize your skin so you can achieve normal skin.
About Dry Skin
Dry skin usually occurs when glands can’t produce enough sebum to moisturize the skin. Dry skin is sensitive, more prone to wrinkles and flaking. It’s very vulnerable to weather conditions and needs to be protected.
- Essential Oils: Rose, Sandalwood, German Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Hyssop, Patchouli, Rosewood, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Spikenard, Carrot Seed, Vetiver, Cedarwood Atlas,
- Carrier Oils: Almond, Olive, Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Wheatgerm, Soya Bean,
- Herbs: Violet Flowers, Red Clover Flowers, Marshmallow Root, Rosemary Leaves, Comfrey Leaves, St. John’s Wort, Elder Flowers
Types of Cleaners
These are guidelines for the types of cleansers, toners, masks, moisturizers, etc you should use for dry skin.
- Cleanser: If you are not dealing with make-up, lots of dirt, or poor air quality, dry skin only needs to be cleansed once a day. Use water-soluble cleansing creams that doesn’t remove the natural oils rather than foaming cleansers that are more drying.
- Steam: Facial steams are great for dry skin. Keep the sessions short, five minutes at most. Once every week or two is enough.
Read on for a recipe for a rich cleansing cream…