5 Essential oil Recipes for Dry, cracked and Flaky Skin

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If you or a loved one is dealing with dry skin you are likely aware of the symptoms already.

But here’s a quick recap

Dry skin often results in a cracked and flaky complexion… Dry patches on various parts of the body – often on hands, feet and around the neck. And over time dry skin can lead to chronic wrinkling and other skin conditions. Inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema are most popular.

While the root cause of dry skin may be unknown, choosing good moisturizers and essential oils that help balance skin health can be a big help.

We choose essential oils for dry skin based on their ability to:

  • Balance the production and reabsorption of sebum (skin oils)
  • Introduce anti-inflammatory properties
  • Reduce the likelihood of wrinkles developing
  • New skin-cell growth promoters
  • Anti-aging oils
  • Skin rejuvenators

Some essential oils with these qualities include:

  • Lavender
  • Helichrysum
  • Neroli
  • Rosemary
  • Rose
  • German chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood
  • Palmarosa
  • Carrot seed

Below you’ll find some recipes that you can at home which include some of the essential oils listed above. These recipes work with the essential oils listed above and combine them with nourishing carrier oils like almond and apricot kernel oil.

5 Simple Essential oil and Hydrosol Based Recipes for Dry Skin

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Simple Nutritive Moisturizer for Dry Skin


Use as a moisturizer when needed. Can be stored in a dark 2-ounce glass container.

Simple Toner / Cleanser for dry skin



Combine ingredients in a small dark glass jar. Shake well before every use. Apply twice daily.

Simple Facial Mask for Dry Skin



  • Mix ingredients together.
  • Apply to skin and leave on for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off with cool water.

Simple Hydrosol Spray Bottle Blend

Hydrosols are the lesser-known sibling of essential oils. When essential oils are steam distilled, the hydrosol (or hydrolat) is what’s left behind. Hydrosols are safe and effective hydration and nourishers. They’re particularly helpful by aiding in the re-absorption and balancing of the skin’s oil – sebum.



Combine ingredients in a dark, 4-ounce glass spray bottle. Spray onto dry skin day and night following cleansing.

Simple Nourishing Bath oil Blend for Dry Skin



  • Start filling your tub with warm water
  • Mix you carrier and essential oils together in a non-reactive bowl, stirring well.
  • Add to the tub and agitate to disperse blend into the bathwater.
  • Soak in the tub for 30 minutes or more, massaging floating oil droplets into dry skin.

Alternative Ways to Support Dry Skin, cracked and flaky skin

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Foods to avoid.

Most common dietary culprits of skin imbalance include:

  • Sugar
  • Dairy (lactose, casein)
  • Wheat (gluten)

These are worth eliminating from the diet to assess for a change in symptoms. Food sensitivities can wreak havoc on the skin.

Foods to consume

Your best food friends to rebalance your dry skin are foods abundant in healthy fats (saturated, omega-3) and trace nutrients (B vitamins, Vitamin A, K2). And drink lots of water.

Foods include high-fat sources like:

And foods high in skin-nourishing nutrients:

  • Liver
  • Bone Broth
  • Boiled carrots
  • Sweet potatoes

And of course, drink more water!

Check for bodily imbalances

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It’s possible that a dry skin condition could stem from internal imbalances, like a thyroid or liver problem.

If you have severe a severe dry skin condition that just won’t resolve it’s probably a good idea to get some blood tests done.

Some recommended blood tests:

Thyroid Panel (for TSH, T3, T4 and rT3 and rT4) 

Why? Because you may be experiencing a symptom of hypothyroidism, which commonly involves dry, cracking skin.

Liver Function Test

Why? Ever heard the phrase “your skin reflects your liver”? Liver health is completely intertwined with how the skin maintains itself.


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Hopefully, these recipes come in handy for you.

Keep in mind that the topics explored in this post only scratch the surface.

The recipes I’ve provided are solid – but there are many more options that you could investigate for external applications.

The recommendations at the end in alternative methods should provide you with a lot of skin support if undertaken and the blood tests could show you an underlying condition. But don’t limit yourself – keep researching!

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