12 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Dry Skin, Hair, and Nails

I hope you are staying warm and safe.  Here in Kansas, the weather has been all over the place this winter.  We had 60 degree temps earlier this week, and now, we have freezing rain falling outside, and we’re expecting another large snowstorm this weekend.  While that variety of weather is one of the many, many things I love about living in the Midwest, it does tend to wreck havoc on my skin.  The dry air and temperature changes make my skin parched, aggravate my eczema, make my nails dry oils brittle, and dry out my hair.  So I’m constantly looking for natural remedies to help moisturize, soothe, and nourish my skin, hair, and nails.  I’m happy to share the best of these recipes with you below.  Enjoy!



12 natural remedies using essential oils to help moisturize, soothe, and nourish dry skin, hair, and nails- DIY recipes for whipped body butter, super creamy dry hand lotion, dry shampoo, essential oil nail serum, lotion bars, homemade face wash, DIY face serum, moisturizing hand soap, and more! {essential oil recipes, doTERRA, Young Living, Plant Therapy, natural beauty recipes} #doTERRA #YoungLiving #DIYrecipes #DIYbeauty #essentialoils



1.  super rich & creamy dry hand lotion

Has the cold winter weather made your hands dry & chapped?  Try this super rich & creamy dry hand lotion.  Your hands will be back to normal in no time.

Click here for easy step-by-step instructions for how to make my favorite deep-moisturizing hand cream as well as recipes for 6 different essential oil combinations.  All 6 essential oil blends are great, but the last EO combo is the absolute best for locking in moisture and making hands feel super soft and hydrated.



2.  face serum customized by skin type

We all need to a moisturizer, but we shouldn’t all use the same one.

I’ve seen lots of DIY face serum recipes that offer the exact same recipe for everyone to use whether they have normal skin, dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, mature skin, acne-prone skin, or oily skin.

That just doesn’t make sense.  While everyone should moisturize their face, we don’t all have to use the same moisturizer.  Our skin is different and it has different needs.  A face serum for sensitive skin needs to be gentle and calm irritated skin.  A face serum for mature skin needs to hydrate, even pigmentation, plump fine lines and wrinkles, and increase skin’s elasticity.   Different needs for different skin.

That’s why I love this easy 2-ingredient DIY Face Serum recipethere’s great info about which carrier oils and which essential oils are best for each type of skin, so it’s easy to make a face serum that’s perfect for what my skin needsclick here for the recipes & info



3.  dry shampoo to add volume, lift roots, and keep hair healthy

A few months ago I got in trouble from my hair stylist.  I had been one of those people washing my hair every day (every. single. day.)  And as I was getting older, this everyday hair washing habit was drying out my hair.

I needed to find another way to get that clean, just-washed feeling that I loved every morning.  I experimented with creating several different versions of homemade dry shampoos and came up with a recipe that I absolutely LOVE!

It’s a simple, all-natural way to add volume to your hair, give an instant lift to roots and oily hair, and it smells amazing! Plus it’s easy to customize for any color hair whether you’re a blonde, brunette, or redhead.

click here for the best DIY dry shampoo recipe for light & dark hair



4.  healing salve for chapped, skin, eczema, cracked heels, and more

If I had to choose only one skin-care DIY, this would be it. It works for so many different skin issues: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

click here for the healing salve recipe



5.  whipped body butter that’s soft & silky without being overly greasy

This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I’ve ever used! It’s soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing— and all without being overly greasy.

plus there are lots of recipes for essential oil blends you can add to customize the whipped body butter just how you want it

click here for whipped body butter recipe



6.  strengthening nail serum to help repair dry, weak, brittle fingernails

Do you have dry, weak, brittle nails that split and break easily?

With just a few ingredients and in about one minute, you can make this natural essential oil nail serum.

It nourishes and strengthens fingernails. Plus it stimulates healthy nail growth. And it restores moisture to make nails more flexible and resilient.

click here for the strengthening essential oil nail serum



7.  natural foaming face wash for your skin type

This is my favorite face wash recipe.  It’s a really simple (but effective) foaming face wash recipe that can be customized for your skin type.

This is great for me because my 13 year old daughter sometimes has normal skin and sometimes (when hormones flare) she has mild acne.  And depending on the time of year, my skin can be sensitive (summer) or dry (winter).  And I’m increasingly using the aging/mature foaming face wash on a  daily basis.  It’s very moisturizing and nourishing!

click here to get the essential oil face wash recipes



8.  lavender, oatmeal & milk bath to help soothe & calm irritated skin

I have dry skin.  In the winter that dry skin can get very dry, chapped, and itchy.

When my skin needs some tender loving care, I turn to this lavender, oatmeal, & milk bath soak.

The all-natural ingredients soothe and calm my irritated skin.  Plus it’s a great way to relax and pamper myself a little!

click here for the lavender, oatmeal & milk bath recipe



9.  super moisturizing (and fun) fizzing bath melts  

These DIY bath melts are loaded with decadent butters and good-for-your-skin essential oils.

Plus they smell amazing!

click for the recipe and step-by-step instructions to make these super moisturizing, skin softening, and great-smelling bath melts.



10.  moisturizing hand soap

It’s so easy to make your own foaming hand soap.  And it’s even better knowing that everything you put in there is all-natural and good for your skin!

recipes for 30+ scents here & here & here



11.  chocolate lip scrub hydrates, gently exfoliates, and tastes delicious!

Say goodbye to chapped lips.
Now that you know that you can make your very own lip scrub with chocolate and essential oil, you chances are you’ll never ever have chapped lips again.
Because not only is this homemade lip scrub both hydrating and gently exfoliating, leaving you with soft, smooth, healthy lips, it’s also a divine combination of chocolate and orange.
The best part?
Licking off the chocolatey goodness when you’re done.

click here for the chocolate lip scrub recipe



12.  lotion bars to moisturize and soften skin

Made with organic butters, oils, and essential oil, they’re all-natural goodness for dry skin.

Simply glide the lotion bar over skin and rub in to leave your skin silky soft, without being overly greasy.

click here for my lotion bar recipe


bonus — 13.  homemade hair detangler spray

Tangles and knots increase hair loss.

This easy-to-make hair detangler with essential oils smooths and conditions as it strengthens hair.

The result? Less hair loss, more hair growth.

click here for DIY hair detangler spray recipe



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4 thoughts on “12 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Dry Skin, Hair, and Nails”

    • Hi Linda,
      You can use any high-quality brand of essential oils. I don’t sell essential oils, but you can find them online from websites like doTERRA.com, YoungLiving.com, and PlantTherapy.com

  1. Hello Sarah:

    I love chapstick and can’t find chapstick on the website to make. By the way what brand of oils do you buy?

    • Hi Nicole,
      I haven’t shared any of my lip balm recipe yet. Might be coming this winter.
      I use many different brands of essential oils, mostly doTERRA, Young Living, and Plant Therapy. I try to create recipes that will work for most brands of essential oils so that you can use whichever brand(s) you like.

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