5 Carrier Oils to Hydrate Dry, Winter Skin
It’s beginning to feel a lot like the dead of winter. Deciduous trees have dropped their last leaves, the weather outside is frighteningly chilly and the air is dry as can be. Speaking of a lack of humidity, is anyone else’s skin feeling the effect of this winter dry spell? No, just us? Well, we compiled a list of our favorite carrier oils for dry, winter skin anyway. So here you have it, natural combatants, to nature’s driest winters.
Avocado: Suited for dry skin, Avocado oil is rich in oleic acid which contributes to this oil’s moisturizing properties. As an occlusive, Avocado locks in moisture that may try to escape due to wind and harsh weather. Avocado also lends to the appearance of ageless skin through the promotion of skin cell regeneration and healing damaged skin. When the weather gets windy and rough, reach for Avocado.
Apricot Kernel: Another prime pick for dry skin, Apricot Kernel is rich in oleic acid, which (as mentioned earlier) helps maintain moisture. Apricot Kernel is also known for reducing itchiness associated with dry skin as well as eczema. As an emollient, Apricot Kernel enhances skin’s elasticity while softening it. If your skin has already been damaged by dry, winter weather or you’re trying to prevent skin damage, you can count on Apricot Kernel.
Jojoba: Maybe oils for dry skin are a little too moisturizing. Then Jojoba is for you! This versatile oil is suitable for all skin types — dry, oily, combo, sensitive and mature skin included. The ultimate occlusive, Jojoba locks in skin’s natural moisture, protecting it from winter dry spells. Rich in tannins, Jojoba is also astringent which helps to reduce the appearance of pores while smoothing the skin.
Evening Primrose: Another great choice for any and all skin types, Evening Primrose is rich in linoleic acid. With the ability to prevent trans-epidermal water loss and protect skin from harmful conditions, Evening Primrose is a premier choice for dry skin. Apply Evening Primrose in the morning to take advantage of its protective function.Rosehip: If your skin tends to remain oily, even in dry conditions, Rosehip can help regulate your skin’s natural oil production. Rich in linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, vitamins A and E, Rosehip offers a flurry of benefits towards oily, mature, damaged and sensitive skin. Rosehip is unique in that it is the only vegetable oil that contains Vitamin A. This vitamin is supremely helpful in reversing the effects of skin damage and promoting the look of tightened, clear skin. Use Rosehip when your skin is feeling as dry as the winter air but acting oily.