The appearance of wrinkles represents the most obvious sign that we are aging. It happens to all human beings at some point, but the longer we can avoid it, the happier we are.
Before discussing the essential oils you can use to naturally combat wrinkles, it is important to remind you that sunlight is the main cause of skin aging because it damages skin cells much faster than normal physical aging does. Other causes include smoking, unhealthy diet, genetics and more (you can read more about them in my article about the top 10 causes for premature aging of your face).
Why Does Skin Wrinkle With Age
As we age, our skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. This means that the skin is more fragile, can be injured very easily, and its ability to protect itself from damage is reduced.
The skin also tends to sag as components such as collagen and elastin (which provide skin firmness and elasticity) are reduces. In addition, our oil-secreting glands shrink, which leaves our skin with less oil than it needs to stay moisturized. Moisture means flexibility to shrink and stretch, as it is supposed to do when we smile, frown, and so on.
Essential oils can help by keeping your skin moisturized, and can thereby prevent some of the damage resulting from a lack of elasticity.
The Best Essential Oils for Wrinkles
The following essential oils are healthy for your skin and may protect you from wrinkles:
Lemon, neroli, and all other citrus oils are packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.
Antioxidants directly protect your skin from aging by repairing the free radicals that break your skin cells. Most of their skin protective properties are found in citral, the chemical that gives all citrus oils their distinctive fragrance. Lemon oil is very versatile and you can read my article about 10 amazing uses for lemon essential oil.
Sandalwood is high in sesquiterpene compounds, which stimulate the pituitary and hypothalamus glands to secrete more growth hormone.
Growth hormone secretion declines as we get older, and it supports the skin by promoting cell growth. Read more about this oil in my article about the best uses for sandalwood essential oil.
Clary sage makes the skin look firmer and smoother by tightening open pores.
This partly hides the wrinkles by making your skin appear to be smoother, but it also prevents new wrinkles from forming by closing the gaps into which the skin can start collapsing.
Frankincense oil protects existing cells and promotes the growth of new cells. Since new cell growth is crucial for slow skin aging, it thereby helps to reduce wrinkles, sagging, and even scarring. It is also one of the best oils for treating eczema.
Carrot seed oil, similarly, promotes new cell growth, which makes it a good oil to lighten blemishes and combat puckering.
Lavender oil is one of the best essential oils for a healthy skin. Is is a great moisturizer, and increases blood flow to the skin tissues. This increases the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the skin and improves its appearance. Lavender oil is one of the most versatile essential oils and you can read more about it in my article about the top 10 uses for lavender essential oil.
Geranium oil protects old cells from damage and stimulates new cell growth by facilitating blood flow to the area where it is applied. It also pulls water from your body into your skin, which moisturizes it even further.
Patchouli oil protects skin cells against bacteria, fungi, yeast, and inflammation. It also helps new cells form to keep your skin dense for as long as possible.
Myrrh oil is also an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and can therefore prevent your skin cells from dying prematurely. This will keep your skin strong and thick through your middle ages.
Ylang ylang oil helps regenerate skin cells, improving skin elasticity and smooth fine lines.
Rose oil keeps skin moisturized and firm, renews cell membranes and regenerates the skin. It’s good for rejuvenating aging skin and smoothing wrinkles.
Best Carrier Oils for Wrinkles
Grapeseed oil – This oil contains a high amount of lipids that are essential for cell membrane, is rich in phenol and many essential fatty acids that strengthen and nourish the cells and maintain moisture. Grapeseed oil is an excellent cosmetic ingredient to control moisture of the skin. It is rich in vitamin E and proanthocyanidins, both potent antioxidants to save your skin from premature aging.
Apricot kernel oil – This carrier oil has great skin benefits. It is rich in omega-6 and vitamin A that give it great moisturizing and antioxidant properties. It is used in cosmetics to soften the skin, especially those suitable for baby skin, dry and irritated skin and body and hand creams and lotions.
Sweet almond oil – The oil is a good moisturizer, and has been traditionally used by massage therapists to lubricate the skin during a massage session, and is the most common base oil for skin care among massage oils and bath.
Sweet almond oil is renowned for its rich concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids, which help to give it unequaled penetrating and restructuring properties.
Avocado oil – Avocado oil is used for lubrication and in cosmetics, where it is valued for its supposed regenerative and moisturizing properties.
The oil is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids. It is rich in vitamin E which is an antioxidant, and helps to slow aging and protect the skin from sun damage. The oil is absorbed easily and provides deep moisture for dry skin, and helps retain the skin flexibility and slow the appearance of wrinkles.
Rosehip seed oil – This oil has passed some clinical studies for its ability to lighten scarring, age spots and improve wrinkles. It is high in the essential fatty acids and beta carotene.
Evening primrose oil – This oil is rich in is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is an omega-6 essential fatty acid. This oil has many skin benefits: it moisturize and rejuvenates dry skin, adds elasticity to the skin making it firmer, reduces signs of aging and fine lines.
Jojoba oil – This oil has anti aging effects and is known for its ability to moisturize the skin and reduce fine lines.
How to Use Essential Oils to Combat Wrinkles
Whatever you decide to do, remember some basic rules:
Dilution – To apply the oils on your face, mix a few drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil. A good rule of thumb when making a 2% dilution (which is ideal for most adults in most situations and is a good dilution for daily skin care) is to add 12 drops of essential oil to each fl. ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil.
Skin test – Before applying the diluted oil to your face, first apply it to the back of your forearm to ensure that it does not cause any allergic reaction. This is equally sensitive skin, but you can protect and hide it from other people and from the sun under your clothes.
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