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How Do I Choose the Best Oil for Dry Skin?

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  • Written By: Jenny Nelson
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 08 July 2014
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There are many skin oils available to choose from on the market, such as olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil or rose oil. The variety of choices available can make it a daunting task to find the best oil for dry skin. It is a good idea to try several types of oil to determine which one is the best for your dry skin. Generally, the best oil for dry skin is one that is light and that provides a great deal of moisture without feeling greasy.

Olive oil might be a good choice because it is not too heavy on the skin, and it might provide continuing moisture and protection to keep your dry skin fully hydrated throughout the day. Another skin oil that may be soothing oil for dry skin, and one you might consider using when treating your dry skin, is almond oil. Almond oil probably is worth looking into because it is lightweight and has the potential to help keep your skin completely moisturized.

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Coconut oil also is an option to help restore moisture loss in dry or flaky skin. This oil provides a sweet fragrance and might go a long way to help keep your dry skin looking smooth and supple. If you choose to use coconut oil, you might notice that after you apply it to the dry skin, you might not have to apply anything else, such as another skin moisturizer, because a little bit of coconut oil can go a long way.

Another oil that might help seal in moisture in the skin is rose oil. It typically is used for treating dry skin. Rose oil is known for its nourishing and soothing effects on the skin.

When it comes down to it, choosing the best oil for dry skin is a process of trial and error. Dry skin is most likely caused by any number of factors, including your genetics, environment or type of climate in which you live, so you might need to try several oils to determine which one is the best oil to treat your dry skin.

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