Are you looking for ways to revitalize your winter skin?
In winter, your skin can take a serious beating from the cold temperatures and harsh winter winds. This often leads to dry skin, chapped lips, and the need for some serious hydration. To get back to your summertime glow, I'll share some tips on how you can incorporate essential oils into your winter skin care routine.
Below, we’ll discuss six essential oils that can help you achieve smooth, healthy winter skin.
Benefits of Essential Oils on Dry Skin
Essential oils are concentrated natural, plant-based substances. Certain essential oil have restorative and nourishing benefits that can help revitalize winter-stressed skin when combined with a carrier oil such as jojoba.
The right combination aids in helping to balance oil production, soothe skin irritation, reduce inflammation and deeply nourish the skin. When paired with a carrier they can help improve winter dryness and also brighten winter dullness. In addition, certain essential oils are known for their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making them ideal winter treatments for people with acne-prone skin.
Many essential oils have antioxidant properties that help to protect winter skin from environmental stresses like UV rays, pollution, and other toxins. But, due to the concentration of essential oils, applying them directly to your skin can actually be more damaging than good. That's where our essential oils carriers come in!
How Carriers Help Dry Winter Skin
When using essential oils topically, it's important to remember that they should always be diluted with a skin-safe carrier before application. Carriers, like jojoba oil, shea butter and coconut oil offer skin-nourishing benefits and help reduce the intensity of essential oil potency. On their own, they deliver so many benefits to winter skin, but when paired with the 6 oils below, they truly shine!
Jojoba oil resembles the natural oil produced by our skin (sebum), it’s easily absorbed, delivering luxurious hydration and antioxidants without clogging pores. You can think of the carrier, in this case jojoba, as the vehicle that delivers the all-natural components found within your essential oils to the skin. Plus, because essential oils are so concentrated, the carrier helps ensure optimal safety while helping skin retain moisture all season long, to keep your skin healthy.
There are so many incredible carriers that picking the best one for your blend can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. To help you narrow down your selection I've provided my top 5 carriers for winter skin care.
6 Essential Oils to Revitalize Winter Skin
If you’re looking for winter skin relief, these six essential oils are great additions to your skin care routine.
1. Lavender Oil
Latin name: (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender oil is an excellent winter skin care option because of its ability to reduce inflammation and soothe redness. Additionally, it has calming properties like linalyl acetate and linalool which can help relieve winter stress, making it a great choice for those who suffer from winter anxiety. This wonderful Blissful Soothing Lotion blend is so soothing for hot and inflamed areas. These calming oils work together to bring much-needed relief, and the aroma is amazing too!
Latin name: (Rosa x damascena)
Rose Otto essential oil is a great winter skin care option due to its ability to balance oil production, nourish and hydrate the skin, and reduce signs of aging. This oil is especially beneficial in winter months when the cold, dry air can strip moisture away from your skin. Blended with antioxidant-rich Raspberry Seed Oil and relaxing essential oils of Neroli and Rose Otto, this Rejuvenating Skin Tonic Oil helps to bring balance inside and out.
Latin name: (Boswellia carterii)
Frankincense oil is a winter wonder thanks to its anti-aging and antioxidant properties– making it the perfect winter pick-me-up for aging skin. Frankincense oil is the star in this Facial Mist Spray. This recipe is rejuvenating and healing. You'll feel revitalized— like you've just had an expensive spa treatment done— with every spray!
4. Myrrh Oil
Latin name: (Commiphora myrrha)
Myrrh oil is another winter skin care essential! Naturally skin protective and healing for minor issues, it a great choice for those looking to combat winter dullness. It’s also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This Anti-Aging Facial Oil is perfect for mature, dry skin. The nourishing ingredients help moisturize the skin, while gently reducing fine lines and wrinkles over time.
Latin name: (Santalum album)
Sandalwood oil is a winter skin care must-have. It is skin nourish and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help to reduce winter dryness. Additionally, its potent antioxidants offer soothing and calming benefits. This Emotionally Nourishing Body Lotion is full of favorite exotic oils such as Sandalwood, Ginger, and White Turmeric with a hint of Vanilla, creating a grounding and soul-nourishing experience. It also makes a lovely perfume!
Latin name: (Copaifera officinalis)
Balsam copaiba oleoresin is incredibly rich in antioxidants which help to nourish winter dryness. It can also help reduce winter inflammation and irritation, making it a great winter pick-me-up for sensitive skin types. If you’re very sensitive, this Low-Scent Sensitive Massage Oil could become a favorite. Made with gentle lavender and subtle balsam copaiba in a base of sweet almond oil, this delicate blend helps relieve tension without overpowering your senses. And who doesn't love a revitalizing massage?
3-Step Winter Skin Care Regimen - For Your Face!
Maintaining winter skin health doesn't have to be complicated. And keeping your facial skin winter-ready is easy. Start by washing your face with a gentle hydrating cleanser that contains moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil and calming essential oils like lavender or rose otto. This is a great way to rest dry winter skin, and helps remove dead skin cells.
Next, refresh your skin with a gentle, all-natural toner like frankincense hydrosol. Toners are great because they can help balance oil production and restore winter skin to its natural state. Because hydrosols are gentle enough for your skin, without the need for dilution, you can opt to simply use them as they are. Or if you want to make your own winter skin care products, you can blend oils into the hydrosol (with the help of a dispersant).
Finally, end your winter skin care regimen with a moisturizer that contains hydrating and nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E to help winter skin thrive. As an extra bonus, you can always add a few drops of essential oils like sandalwood or balsam copaiba oleoresin. This last step is crucial because it leaves your skin hydrated, and the skin's surface feeling supple and soft.
Don't Forget About Your Lips
Keeping your lips hydrated during winter is essential; the cold weather can cause them to become dry and cracked, so make sure to use a good lip balm regularly for maximum winter skin protection.
If you get dry lips during winter you have to try making your own DIY lip balms. Not only is it super easy, but it's fun too! And you can remain confident, knowing exactly what's in your balms...because you made them! Check out my favorite lip balm recipe, My Poor Chapped Lip Balm and say goodbye to dry, cracked lips!
More DIY Winter Skin Care Recipes
Are you looking for more DIY essential oil winter skin care recipe inspiration? Check out our blog, "Top 5 Essential Oil Recipes for Winter Skin Care". Give your winter skin an extra boost with these nourishing, protective essential oil recipes and enjoy soft, healthy winter skin.
Make the Switch to All-Natural Winter Skin Care
Essential oils have so many winter skin care benefits that make them a winter skin care must-have! From balancing oil production to deeply nourishing the skin, they are incredibly effective at restoring winter-stressed complexions. Try out these six essential oils today and enjoy glowing winter skin! And as always, when using essential oils in facial preparations, less is better!