Trying different skincare tips and regimes to beat the stubborn dryness is just as much a part of our winter routine as sipping on bowls of hot soup or spending lazy afternoons tucked into cosy comforters. If you’ve tried everything from creams to lotions and home remedies to nourish the flaky, dry winter skin with no evident results, it’s time to add a new leaf to your skincare routine – essential oils.
The Curious Case of Winter Dryness
Before we look at how essential oils work to alleviate dryness, let’s understand why the onset of winter aggravates this tendency in the skin. Excessive dryness during winter months, also known as winter rash, is caused due to a mix of factors such as dryness in the air, cold temperatures and use of heating devices sucking the natural oils and water from the skin.
The oils and water work as a protective shield for the skin. As their content begins to diminish, the skin becomes more vulnerable to dryness, flaking and a stretched feeling. The problem can be aggravated by other contributory factors such as an inherently dry skin, pre-existing skin conditions and drop in water consumption.
Essential Oils to the Rescue
Thanks to the concentrated content of therapeutic all-natural compounds found in plants from which they are extracted, essential oils can deliver a power dose of hydration needed to restore the suppleness of the skin. Here’s our pick of the 5 that fight winter dryness most effectively:
It effectively soothes dry, rough, irritated skin and acts as a natural analgesic that alleviates the pain caused due to cracked skin. Lavender essential oil is mild enough to be used on sensitive skin yet effective in catalysing skin healing.
Apart from its mild intoxicating fragrance, Rose essential oil also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that soothes dry, irritated skin and promotes skin rejuvenation.
Sandalwood essential oil is a dry skin saviour that you must add to your skincare regime if you struggle with intense dryness during winter. It not only offers intense hydration but also its anti-inflammatory properties soothe the skin almost instantly.
This essential oil is loaded with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, making it an excellent choice for calming irritated, flaky dry skin. The divine smell is an added incentive!
As a powerhouse of hydrating agents, Jojoba essential oil is best suited to restore the glow of a winter-battered skin. It is also a great conditioner for hair.
Adding any one – or all – of these essential oils to your routine is your answer to all winter-time skin woes. These yield the best results when diluted with a carrier such as an oil or lotion. If used directly and in large quantities, essential oils can often irritate the skin rather than soothe it, owing to their highly concentrated nature.