8 Natural Ingredients For Dry Skin
In a recent article I talked about what causes dry skin and what you can do about it. One of the causes I mentioned was skincare products, toiletries and cosmetics. And I said…
“Many products on the shelf today, which are marketed to dry skin, contain harsh artificial chemicals, fragrances, colourants, antibacterial agents, and other harmful ingredients that damage your skin’s protective layer and strip away natural oils. Dry skin products contain a long list of chemicals which can leave skin slick and greasy in an attempt to hide the symptoms of dry skin, and the use of artificial moisturisers (in conventional lotions) only masks dry skin symptoms, which can result in more dry skin.”
In this article, I want to look at some of the natural ingredients which can be hugely beneficial to heal and care for dry skin.
This is actually great for most skin types as it mimics our skin’s natural oil (sebum) due to jojoba’s unique consistency and its natural construction. As we age, and sometimes due to lifestyle or genetic reasons, our skin loses the ability to produce sebum, so a benefit of jojoba oil is that it plays the role of sebum and moisturises our skin and hair when our body stops creating it naturally.
Jojoba oil is an emollient — meaning it moisturises our skin and prevents irritations, or scaly and rough patches. Dry skin is caused by a loss of water in the upper layer of the skin. Jojoba oil works by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the skin.
Other plant oils beneficial to dry skin are…
Hemp – easily absorbed by the skin, hemp seed oil penetrates deep down. As a result, your skin becomes softer and is less prone to eczema, psoriasis, acne, and premature ageing. Hemp’s moisture-retaining properties prevent the skin from drying out, and increases the cells’ ability to absorb oxygen and resist damage.
Argan – rich in omega-6 essential fatty acid, argan oil helps to stimulate, protect and regenerate your skin, leaving it soft and supple, and improving elasticity. Argan oil has a soothing effect on the skin and aids in healing.
Rosehip – rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, rosehip oil helps to promote healthy skin cell growth, calms irritation, and packs a powerful moisture punch to leave skin soft, supple and rejuvenated.
Benefits of Neroli for dry skin
With its strong cytophylactic properties, neroli is known for its ability to regenerate the skin cells and improve the elasticity of skin. It also helps maintain the right oil balance in the skin, making it an excellent choice for dry skin, and many other skin types.
Due to its ability to revive skin at the cellular level, neroli can be beneficial for wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. Any skin condition caused by or related to stress (which dry skin can be, as well as eczema and psoriasis, to name just a few) can also respond well to the use of neroli essential oil since it has wonderful overall healing and calming abilities.
Rose's effects for dry skin
Containing a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose essential oil has excellent emollient properties for moisturising dry skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help treat redness and inflammation. Rose oil can also help refine skin texture, controlling skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. A study has even shown that rose essential oil can help heal wounds, as inhaling it inhibits water loss in the skin and lowers the concentration of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body.
Another reason to use rose for skin health is because of its uncanny ability to increase your skin’s permeability - as German scientists explained in a 2010 article, one of the most interesting properties of rose is that, “For substances applied in rose oil, a clear relationship between their lipophilic character, chemical structure, and skin permeation could be confirmed.”
Basically, what this means is that when rose is in the skincare products you use, it opens up your skin to absorb more of the nutrients within those products.
Other botanical ingredients beneficial for dry skin are…
Palmarosa – well-known for its hydrating properties, and can help to prevent inflammation as well as quenching dehydration. It also balances the sebum or oil production of your skin which, as we’ve already seen, is greatly beneficial for dry skin.
Benzoin – helps to ease inflammation and infection whilst encouraging healing, renewal and repair which makes it an excellent choice for dry, cracked or chapped skin.
Here I’ve shared eight skincare ingredients which are beneficial to those with dry or chapped skin, but by no means is this an exhaustive list. While, in my opinion, these are some of the best, there are many more ingredients which can be helpful for dry skin.
All of the ingredients I’ve mentioned above, as well as many others, can be found in our Nourishing Facial Collection formulated for dry, damaged, or mature skin, which could be just what your skin is asking for.