Aromatherapy Skin Care: Dry Skin

Aromatherapy Skin Care: Dry Skin

People usually have either oily or dry skin. The key is to clean and moisturize your skin so you can achieve normal skin. As part of our Aromatherapy Skin Care series, this is the section on using essential oils to treat dry skin.

aromatherapy-essential-oilsWe have published articles on Oily Skin and Combination Skin. Other articles are on normal, and mature skin as well as acne and other breakouts, skin diseases, and all over body care, so stay tuned! This will be fun!

About Dry Skin

Dry skin is usually caused by “underactive oil glands that do not adequately lubricate the skin.” (11) Dry skin is sensitive, more prone to wrinkles and flaking. It’s very vulnerable to weather conditions and needs to be protected.

Best Oils

  • 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. (11)

  1. 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.
  2. Steam: Facial steams are great for dry skin. Keep the sessions short, five minutes at most. Once every week or two is enough.
  3. Exfoliation: Gentle herbal scrubs are best. Use one with an oatmeal base.
  4. eggMask: Use an emollient mask with ingredients like egg yolks, whole milk, yogurt, honey, and avocado because these ingredients contain oils that moisturize the skin. Best to avoid oatmeal and clay as they are very drying.
  5. Toner: Don’t use alcohol. Rose water and Aloe Vera work great. Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar also works well because it softens the skins, restores the acid balance, and helps to relieve itchiness and flaking.
  6. Moisturizer: Use rich facial creams that include liposomes. If you wear foundation make-up, use one that contains moisturizers. Also use products that contain a small amount of glycerin, which attracts water.


Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your face. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Rich Cleansing Cream

  • 1/2 ounce Beeswax
  • 1 ounce Lanolin Hydrous
  • 2 ounces Almond oil
  • 1 ounce Avocado oil
  • 1 ounce Grapeseed oil
  • 3 ounces Pure Spring Water
  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 2 drops Lemon

Using either the bain-marie method or a double boiler, melt the beeswax, lanolin, and carrier oils and stir well. Then add essential oils and take the pot off the heat and slowly add the water. Mix in a blender or whisk until the mixture is cold. Use to cleanse your face and rinse well. (7)

Aloe_Vera_PlantDry Skin Cleansing Solution

  • 1/4 cup  Aloe Vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil (From above list)
  • 1 teaspoon Glycerin
  • 5 drops Rosemary

Shake formula well before every use. Apply with fingers or cotton pads — it does not lather. Rinse well. (11)

Basic Facial Steam

  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 1 large handful of herbs (from above list)
  • 5 drops essential oil of choice (from above list)

Steep the herbs for 5 – 10 minutes, covered. Remove lid and add essential oils, leaving the herbs in the water. Use a towel to make a tent over the pot or bowl and steam your face for up to 10 minutes. Strain the herbs and save the tea to use as a final rinse water at the end of facial. (11)

Ready-For-Action Mask

  • 1 tablespoon Basic Mask
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Almond or Evening Primrose oil
  • 2 drops Carrot Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Water

Blend ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave on skin for 15 minutes. Rinse off and apply a facial moisturizer. Dab the face with a tissue. (7)

Basic Mask
  • 2 ounces Green Clay
  • 3 teaspoons Corn Flour

Mix together and keep in a jar, ready for combining with the above formula. (7)

Skin care maskRevitalizing Mask for Dehydrated Skin

  • 1 tablespoon Basic Mask
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Brewer’s Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba
  • 1 tablespoon Water

Combine the following and use 1 drop in the above formula:

  • 1 drop Chamomile
  • 2 drops Carrot Seed

Blend ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave on skin for 15 minutes. Rinse off and apply a facial moisturizer. Dab the face with a tissue. (7)

Toner for Dry or Mature Skin

  • 2 ounces Aloe Vera Juice
  • 2 ounces Orange Blossom Water
  • 1 teaspoon Calendula-infused Vinegar
  • 5 drops Helichrysum Gymnocephalum
  • 800 IU Vitamin E oil

Combine the ingredients and shake well before every use. (11)

Elder Flower Toner

  • 1 cup Distilled Water
  • 1 tablespoon Elder Flowers
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 5 drops Lavender oil

Boil water, remove from heat, add herb, cover, and steep for 45 minutes. Strain and pour into a glass jar. Add the glycerin and Lavender oil. Close jar and shake vigorously to blend. Using a cotton pad or ball, apply approximately 1 teaspoon to face. Avoid eye area. Follow with a moisturizer. (13)

Vitamin E oilVitamin-Rich Moisturizer

  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 2 tablespoons Lanolin
  • 2 tablespoons Beeswax
  • 5 ounces Almond oil
  • 250 iu Vitamin A capsule
  • 250 iu Vitamin E capsule
  • 3 drops Geranium oil
  • 1 drop Roman Chamomile

Melt lanolin and beeswax gently in a double boiler. Gradually beat in the carrier oils. Remove from heat and beat in water. Break open vitamin capsules and squeeze contents into cream, beating well. Add essential oils. Cool, stirring frequently. Transfer to a sterile jar and screw on lid.  Apply in generous amounts and massage deeply into the skin. (1)

Condition Normal to Dry Skin

  • 2 drops Rosewood
  • 4 drops Geranium
  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Apply to face nightly.

face-oilP2_A3Dry Skin Care

  • 10 drops Sandalwood
  • 10 drops Rosewood
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 2 tablespoons Avocado oil

Combine all ingredients. Before using, wash skin thoroughly, then massage a portion of the formula into your face. Use daily. (9)

Dry Skin Care 2

  • 10 drops Benzoin
  • 8 drops Rosemary
  • 8 drops Geranium
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 tablespoons Flaxseed

Combine all ingredients into a dark colored, glass bottle. Wash skin thoroughly and massage a portion of the formula into your skin. Apply daily. (9)

Regenerative Floral Beauty Balm

  • 2 tablespoons Apricot Kernel oil
  • 2 tablespoons Rosehip Seed oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon Rose Infusion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops Geranium oil
  • 10 drops Neroli oil
  • 8 drops Ylang Ylang

Heat the carrier oils and beeswax in a double boiler until wax melts. In another pan, heat the rose infusion. Remove both pans from the heat and cool until the wax mixture just begins to thicken. Very slowly drizzle the infusion into the wax mixture, vigorously whisking for 3 or 4 minutes, or until a creamy emulsion forms. Add the vitamin E and essential oils and stir rapidly for another 4 minutes. Spoon into a 2 ounce, dark colored glass jar. Allow to cool completely then close lid tightly. Use once a week or whenever you skin feels in need of extra TLC. Store in refrigerator. Discard after 3 months.

FYI: Balm is thicker and more concentrated so you may need to warm it up in the palm of your hand before applying. (14)

Rose Infusion
  • 1/2 cup Boiling Water
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Roses

In a bowl, pour the boiling water over the rose petals and let steep for a half hour then strain. (14)

Last of all,

How do you like to use essential oils on your dry skin? Share with all of us in the comment section below. We’d all love to hear of new things!



  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  12. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis
  13. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  14. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano

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