Dry Skin Remedies: Face Oils

Hello lovelies!  For those of us that have lived the majority of our lives extremely oily or on that side of “normal” it is extremely difficult/aggravating/unnerving to navigate the unchartered waters of dry skin territory.  Recently, I have had a huge bout of extremely dry skin on my face and eyes and have tried many, many things to remedy the situation.  My dry skin has even come with more than mere tightness but flaking, itching and redness.  Alas, I have sought out advice from estheticians, friends, and the good ol’ internet for an answer.  Here is what I’ve found:

Face Treatment Oils

I have always been a fan of face oils since my days behind the Clarins counter in Nordstrom.  Back in those days I used to be the biggest fan of Clarins Lotus Oil for combo/oily skin but nowadays I’ve been dousing my skin with the Orchidee Blue oil for dehydrated skin.  This oil is 100% pure plant extracts and has no preservatives.  Lots of goodies like hazelnut oil, blue orchid, rosewood and patchouli make up this delicious smelling and non-greasy face treatment oil.  I use this at night as my moisturizer after cleansing and it’s amazing.

Recently, there has been a craze around Josie Maran’s Argan Oil so I finally broke down and bought some at Sephora last week to try during this awful streak of dry skin.  So far, it has been great.  I use it during the day under my regular moisturizer (or Coconut oil…more on this below) for added hydration and all the glorious benefits of argan oil.  Some of which are said to include: combating juvenile acne and flaky skin, moisturizing, medicinal uses for healing burns and aiding in healing rheumatism, etc.  All that aside, it’s light weight, absorbs quickly and really does seem to help with the flaking I’ve been experiencing.

As mentioned earlier, I have added Organic Coconut Oil to my skin care regimen this month by the advice of a fellow esthetician who specializes in organic and holistic treatments for the skin.  She has experience personally with extreme eczema and told me about her personal antidote to this awful skin irritation which is the original Listerine (yes, the antiseptic mouth wash) used as a toner on a cotton round, followed up by pure coconut oil to hydrate the skin.  I thought, why not?  I’ll give it a shot.  Can you believe it…this combo has worked the best out of anything else I’ve tried!  I bought the generic version of Listerine at the grocery store and right next to the Crisco picked up my Organic “Refined” Coconut Oil and went to town.  Within two days of doing that combo 2-3 times per day my skin was so much better.  The redness had subsided, the itching stopped completely and all of the flaking was gone except a little around my eyes.  So, I’ve tweaked the program to include the Josie Maran Argan Oil under the coconut oil and the flaking seems to be on it’s way out the door!

Jen House chimed in about the coconut oil, too after hearing that I was slathering it on my face these days.  She has been using it for years as a body moisturizer and in her hair and loves it.  She gets hers from Whole Foods and it’s a staple on her vanity and in her kitchen.

If you have any home remedy treatments that you love for dry skin we’d love to hear them (especially me)!  I’ve heard a lot of great things about oatmeal soaps and moisturizers and will dive in to more research for those in the coming weeks.  Right now I’m loving my new Fresh Soy Facial Cleanser.  Can’t wait to hear your comments and ideas on how to combat this dryness!

4 Replies to “Dry Skin Remedies: Face Oils”

  1. thanks for this info jens!!! the dantzer has the worst case of wintertime eczema and we just ran out of his $100/tub steroid cream, so i'm going to give the listerine remedy a try! as a natural hair chic, you know i've got more than a lil bit of coconut oil sitting around my house.


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