Bsc, (Med) Bsc, (Nutrition), MBBS, DCN (Diploma in Clinical Neurology) – Reviewed & Approved on June 09, 2019
-Written by Angela Deckard
Crow’s feet. Frown lines. Smile lines. The development of wrinkles is distressing yet inevitable. If you’re a card-carrying member of the human race, you will eventually see the tone in your skin degrade and sag.
However, there are steps you can take, even without painful and expensive surgery to slow down this process. Essential oils, powerful rejuvenating potions in little vials can take years off of your face.
Listed below are some essential oils that are believed to not only slow down the aging process of your skin, but also to help minimize the appearance of existing fine lines as well.
This moisturizing oil smoothes out fine lines by rejuvenating the delicate skin around the eyes. Sandalwood Essential Oil contains sesquiterpene compounds, meaning that this essential oil promotes blood circulation and therefore improving the look of tired skin. there is also evidence that it contains powerful antioxidant properties that can protect against skin cancer. (1)
Sandalwood essential oil is not only known to erase wrinkles and fine lines, but it also fades scars too. Keep this little vial of oil in your medicine cabinet as protection against damaged skin.
If a younger complexion and stronger skin is what you desire, look no further than Myrhh essential oil. This antifungal and antibacterial oil contain powerful antiseptic properties that help repair damage to the skin, particularly around the eyes, caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are often responsible for breaking down collagen and other proteins, which is vital to youthful, plump skin. By regularly massaging myrrh essential oil around your eyes, you can help repair the damage already done while helping to protect against future wrinkles from forming.
Those who have oily skin and want to protect against wrinkles rejoice! Geranium essential oil, used in commercial cosmetic products helps to address all skin types, dry, oily, and even the most sensitive.
This sweet smelling oil helps to boost the elasticity of your skin while promoting blood circulation. As you massage this essential oil into your skin, you not only help your skin to retain essential moisture, but your reduce sagging as well.
Geranium essential oil is also great for reducing acne breakouts, healing skin conditions as eczema, dermatitis, and ringworm. That’s not all! This powerful essential oil also heals burns, cuts, broken capillaries, and bruises. Consider geranium essential oil a dermatologist in a bottle.
If you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin cells, neroli essential oil is for you. This essential oil is suitable for all skin types and helps to reduce fine lines and sagging skin. This healing oil also helps to address stretch marks and its antiseptic properties shrink the appearance of your skin without over drying your skin.
Neroli essential oil contains a natural chemical compound called citral, which is believed to stimulate the growth of new skin cells. This production of new cells will help improve skin elasticity, add firmness to the skin of your face and neck, and reduce the look of scar tissue and broken capillaries. Those suffering from oily skin and large pores will find a reduction in sebum production and the appearance of smaller pores with continued used to neroli essential oil.
This soothing essential oil not only smells sweet, but it also helps repair and rejuvenate damaged skin as well. Mature skin punctuated with sun spots and scarring take note, lavender essential oil will not only help reverse damage already done, but will also protect your delicate skin from the elements of nature and the stressors of everyday life.
Studies have found that lavender essential oil has excellent antioxidant properties that can protect against a range of illnesses. (2) These antioxidants also play an important role in keeping your skin looking young and healthy,
Lavender essential oil is suitable for all skin types and its benefits are seemingly never ending. Lavender essential oil is one of the few oils that can be applied to the skin without dilution. Nevertheless., it is good practice to dilute all essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to your skin.
Frankincense Essential Oil is great if you want to tighten up sagging skin while adding tone and balance to your complexion. Known as a cytophylactic, this healing essential oil protects your skin while stimulating the growth of new skin cells.
Frankincense oil helps to moisturize chapped skin and diminish the look of sunspots, pigmentation, and scars. Those who regularly use frankincense essential oil may also notice a reduction in acne breakouts, as this essential oil contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Frankincense essential oil is great to use as a natural toner to reduce wrinkles, while keeping a clear, radiant complexion.
Rose essential oil is perfect if you want to tone and refine your complexion. This lovely smelling essential oil contains healing anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds, soothing damaged skin. (3)
This pricey yet effective essential oil will help diminish scars, wrinkles, and dryness. Rose essential oil helps to inhibit the breakdown of collagen while promoting blood circulation. This in turn helps expedite the healing of scar tissue and plumps up skin riddled with fine lines.
Put fine lines and wrinkles on blast with clary sage essential oil. When paired with a moisturizer, this essential oil helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. Clary Sage Essential Oil doesn’t just benefit the thin skin around your eyes however, this powerhouse oil helps balance sebum protection, shrink the appearance of pores, and adds firmness to sagging skin.
Meanwhile the antioxidant properties help to reverse and reduce damaged caused to your skin via free radicals. (4) Like most of the essential oils on this list, clary sage essential oil also contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties instrumental in maintaining a healthy and beautiful complexion. Pregnant ladies beware: clary sage essential oil should avoid using this essential oil while with child.
Patchouli Essential Oil has a reputation for improving the look of aging skin. Patchouli essential oil encourages cell regeneration while smoothing out the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
This earthy smelling oil fully sponsors a smooth and radiant complexion, not only erasing wrinkles, but making the appearance of large pores vanish as well. If you want to get more bang for your buck, this essential oil also contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties, meaning it can also help treat such skin conditions as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil rejuvenates aging skin in distress. This essential oil not only helps promote the regeneration of new skin cells, but it also helps to fade scars. Studies have found that carrot seeds contain powerful antioxidants that may help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. (5)
Massage this antioxidant oil into your skin to not only protect against sun damage, but to lend a more youthful appearance to your complexion as well. This detoxifying essential oil also helps promote the healing of such skin conditions as psoriasis and eczema.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil and other citrus oils such as orange can reduce the visibility of dark spots and blemishes. Citrus oils can also promote collagen formation-helping to fill in wrinkled areas.
According to research lemon oil can help protect the skin against damage caused by free radicals or oxidative stress. (6)
Please note that lemon essential oil and the majority of other citrus oils can cause photosensitive reactions. This means they make your skin more sensitive to UV rays and exposure to the sun can result in severe skin damage and burns. It is important that you avoid direct exposure to sunlight for at least 24 hours after applying lemon essential oil to your skin.
Grape Seed Oil
Looking for an effective antioxidant essential oil to help detoxify your skin while boosting collagen production? Consider trying Grapeseed Oil. This essential oil is especially effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and repairing damaged skin because it contains a special flavonoid called proanthocyanidins, which bind to collagen.
Grape seed essential oil is also naturally rich in vitamin E, which is vital to not only protecting your skin against cell-damaging toxins, but it also helps slow the aging process as well. Grape seed oil’s ability to erase fine lines is most effective around the delicate eye region.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil has excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties making it a great choice to deal with a wide range of skin issues including wrinkles and blemishes. This wonderful oil can help boost the skin’s health and elasticity and protect it from the harmful effects of free radicals.
One recent study published in early 2019 found that rosmarinic acid – an active compound found in rosemary essential oil – had powerful antioxidant activities. The researchers tested the effects of rosmarinic acid on human skin fibroblasts in vitro. The researchers concluded that rosmarinic acid had a modulatory effect on human skin fibroblasts. They also found that rosmarinic acid helped reduce the level of oxidative damage.
These powerful effects suggest that rosemary essential oil may help protect against wrinkles and other types of skin damage resulting from aging. (7)
The Best Carrier oils for Wrinkles
- Sweet Almond Oilis rich in Vitamin E which can help in collagen formation.
- Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in GLA which improves blood flow and reduces inflammation.
- Jojoba Oil mimics sebum (skin oil) and helps keep skin elastic and youthful in appearance.
- Not all essential oils are considered safe for the use of pregnant or nursing women, so please consult with a physician prior to use.
- Always be sure to conduct an allergy test before applying any essential oils or carrier oils to your skin. To perform an allergy test, simply apply a couple drops of oil to the back of your hand and wait a couple hours to see if any adverse reactions occur.
- Most essential oils are too potent to use directly on your skin, especially the delicate skin on your face. Be sure to always blend any essential oil with your favorite carrier oil.
- Finally, when purchasing essential oils, be sure that you are buying 100% pure organic essential oils from a reputable seller. Discount essential oils may contain fillers and contaminants, which may not only dilute the benefits of the oil, but may contain harmful toxins as well. Be careful and enjoy!