Essential Oils and Dry Skin: Natural Skin Care

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Essential Oils and Dry Skin: Natural Skin Care

In this installment of our Natural Skincare Routine series, we will discuss using essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils for dry skin.

Many are plagued by dry skin, especially during the cold, harsh winter months. Dry skin is characterized by having nearly invisible pores, red patches, a dull and rough complexion, visible lines, and a lack of elasticity. This skin type can be prone to cracks, irritation, and inflammation and can be made worse by harsh cleansers, hormones, indoor heating, and weather changes. Using a natural skincare routine that utilizes products with humectant and emollient properties can be very beneficial.

Products for Dry Skin


Using the wrong cleanser can easily create chaos for your skin and it can take weeks to calm the irritation and roughness after using such a product. To help our customers that tend to be dry, Plant Therapy created our Oil Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin.

To use this cleanser rub four to six drops into dry hands and apply evenly over dry face. Wet the face and massage gently. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. Avoid the eye area when washing the face or using as a moisturizer.

Many essential oil users also like to use the Oil Cleanse Method which you can read more about here. If you do attempt to use this method I would recommend reducing the amount of castor oil as it can be very drying to already parched skin.

We recommend cleansing the face twice daily, once in the morning and once before bedtime.


Toners are often used after washing your face to help finish the cleansing process and help with the appearance of pores. Hydrosols are great options to use as toners but it is important to choose the right ones for your skin type. As noted above we recommend Helichrysum, Lavender, and Rose for dry skin. Try the following blend for a well-balanced toner:

Dry Skin Toner DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix together in a 4-ounce bottle and spritz the face after cleansing. Refrigerate between uses.


While both the cleansers and toners listed above offer some emollient properties, it is important to also use a moisturizing agent for dry skin after cleansing. Both our DermiSoothe and Near Perfection carrier oil blends are great choices and can be applied right after the cleansing process.

For severely dry skin you can create this helpful DIY Moisturizing Cream:

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Measure ingredients and mix together using a hand mixer. You can then transfer the lotion from the mixing bowl to the empty bottle (I use a frosting bag). Apply directly to parched, irritated skin.


Once a week it is good practice to apply a moisturizing mask to the skin. Here are two of my favorite DIY masks for dry skin:

DIY Oatmeal Mask

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix ingredients together and gently apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mask with cold water and gently pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.

Soothing Shea Mask

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to a tablespoon of Jojoba and then combine with the rest of the ingredients. Apply the mask and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mask with cold water and gently pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.

If you are diligent with following this routine you can drastically improve the appearance and bring moisture back to your skin.

What products do you use in your daily skincare routine?

1] The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele

2] The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood



18 thoughts on “Essential Oils and Dry Skin: Natural Skin Care”

  • Loving the dry skin toner. I generally have not used a toner for my sensitive, dry skin — but this is a wonder addition to my morning routine!

  • Hi, I’m just starting the OCM and have a beautiful batch of calendula oil I recently infused in olive/grapeseed mixture. Also have jasmine infused oil, lemon balm infused oil, and chamomile infused oil in a mixture of carriers similar to younger glo. Would either of these 4 be beneficial for the face? Thank you for your reply! I’m 44 and have mature, normal/dry skin with blotchy spots and broken capillaries on my face. My skin is aging, thin, and wrinkled also!

  • I have really dry skin and in the winter it gets so flaky. I’ve tried all different products and then I read about the PCM. I gave it a try one night and I couldn’t believe when I woke up the next morning there was still moisture! Now i want to try and incorporate the DIY dry toner!

  • I definitely want to try the Dry skin Toner DIY and Shea Mask as my face is more dry and I’m now 40. Keeping my skin healthy and hydrated is so important to my skin. Thanks for providing these great recipes and oil education and the benefits as that is so important to me and sticking with a good company.

  • Very helpful Information! Going to try some of these tips to soothe my dry skin. I just got the helichrysum hydrosol. Going to add that in today!

  • I’ve been blessed with wonderful skin on my face but as I age it is starting to get dry. Love these ideas and looking forward to trying a few.

  • I have been a nurse for 14 years and the constant hand washing is finally starting to catch up to me. My hands are dry, rough, itchy and just not as smooth and healthy as they use to be. What would be the best way to remousturize and heal them? They look and feel way beyond their years.

  • I keep a jar of the Soothing Shea Mask in my fridge at all times. This has been a wonderful addition to my skincare routine! Since I work from home, I frequently rinse my face in the mornings and put a layer of this mask on and just leave it on for a long time. My face loves this and the wrinkles around my eyes have softened since using this on a regular basis. Thanks so much for posting. 🙂

    1. This kind of feedback is so amazing Rhonda! Thank you so much for letting us know how helpful the mask has been for you 🙂 It’s been a while since I have whipped one up for myself. Guess what I’m doing this weekend?

  • I’m on the oily side so I do a honey and castile face wash for daily use. 1/3 cup each honey & castile, 2tbsp Clear Complex and 12-15 drops EO. Current EOs are lav, tea tree and petitgrain. This combo keeps my skin clear and hydrated! I follow up with either Melissa or lavender hydrosol. May have to switch the clear complex for something more hydrating for winter months.

  • In addition to many of the awesome products above Plant Therapy’s Soft Skin and Silky Soft are wonderful for dry/winter skin. I use a 1 ounce glass dropper bottle with a Camellia, Jojoba, and Rosehip carrier base with either synergy. The improvement is obvious!
    Thanks for sharing the information and recipes

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