It’s not vanity to want to look your best. Among the many benefits that essential oils bring to the table are their anti-aging effects, which can help keep the glow of youth on your skin and even roll back the clock a bit in a few cases. There is a range of essential oils that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, promote smooth skin, and improve overall skin health—some of them are highlighted below.
How Can Essential Oils Tackle Aging?
The main way certain essential oils can help with anti-aging effects is by taking care of the three major issues that often result from aging.1
One of the most obvious signs of age involves the quality or health of skin, so if you take care of the skin, chances are that you will get that some of the anti-aging effects you've been looking for.
This means you're looking for essential oils that help remedy skin damage, dry skin, and wrinkles.
How To Use Essential Oils
The exact best use for particular essential oils is going to depend on the specific blend
you're putting together. Some essential oils are gentle in nature and can be directly applied to the skin without dilution. On the other hand, some popular anti-aging essential oil options require dilution with a carrier oil because they are quite potent and can result in irritation if they are applied directly to the skin.2
Generally speaking, there are some basic rules of thumb when it comes to diluting essential oils and some commonly used carrier oils that are favorites for creating essential oils blends. However, you will want to vary these recommended concentrations based on your particular skin type, and especially if you have sensitive skin.
A good starting rule of thumb is adding three to six drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil for sensitive skin and six to fifteen drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil for non-sensitive skin. There are many options for carrier oils but some top ones include almond, avocado, coconut
, grapeseed, and olive oil.
When using a new essential oil or new carrier oil, you will want to use these as starting points and still do some mixing and matching to figure out the right mixture that works specifically for your skin and your needs. Before using any essential oil blend on larger areas of your body, conduct a patch skin test by applying some of the diluted carrier oil onto a small area of skin and observing if you experience an adverse reaction.
Best Anti-Aging Essential Oils
Star Anise Essential Oil
A lesser-known essential oil, star anise oil
has demonstrated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in laboratory studies, making it especially useful for maintaining elasticity in the skin.3
Basil Essential Oil
Basil essential oil
has been pointed out as having some interesting effects when it comes to improving the appearance of the skin. This oil is most commonly used via aromatherapy because it has strong antimicrobial properties, helps relieve itching, and can even reduce the appearance of minor wrinkles. While basil is known as an herb, you don't want to overlook the essential oil's anti-aging properties.
Oregano Essential Oil
has been picked out specifically as an essential oil that has earned a reputation for being a solid skin treatment for wrinkles. In addition, oregano has some strong antibacterial properties that can prevent bacterial damage on the skin. This essential oil is one you definitely want to add to the rotation when using essential oils for skincare benefits.
Thyme Essential Oil
is the last of the "big 4" essential oils that showed amazing anti-aging results in the largest scientific study to date that studied essential oils and their specific skin care benefits.
Thyme is one of those herbs that has been popular with natural or homeopathic treatments for a long time, and the essential oil derived from thyme has some great antioxidant properties and moisturizing benefits.
Jojoba oil is not actually an essential oil, but a carrier oil l that is getting a lot of attention. There are a variety of reasons why jojoba has become a popular skin treatment. One of the big ones is the fact that it is a great carrier oil that works with stronger mixtures. Additionally, it includes a variety of vitamins and minerals including copper, chromium, vitamin B, vitamin E, and zinc.
This oil is great for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, moisturizing the skin, and fighting inflammation
. That is a killer combination even without the antioxidant effects and makes it ideal for tackling wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging skin.4
Sandalwood Essential Oil
has a strong reputation for a variety of good reasons. In particular, it is known for being able to fight inflammation because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties. This is just one part of what sandalwood has to offer, as it also has shown some early signs of being a moisturizer that helps heal the skin and make it appear plumper and healthier.5
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil
is one of the most versatile oils and appears on every top essential oil list for good reason. Lavender is gentle, offers a lot of health benefits, and also has a distinct, relaxing fragrance. Popularly used in baths, aromatherapy, or topical application, there's a lot to love about what lavender brings to the table.
Lavender oil has strong antioxidant effects, helps relieve stress
and boost mood, and is a popular choice among essential oil enthusiasts when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.6
Pomegranate Seed Essential Oil
Pomegranate is known as a fancy fruit that holds an incredible number of vitamins in it. This complex fruit is known for being nutritious and delicious. The essential oil derived from pomegranate seeds is known to be a powerful anti-aging treatment that not only remedies wrinkles but protects the skin from sun damage.7
Lemon Essential Oil
If you want to fight the appearance of aging, this often means reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Lemon essential oil is great for this purpose. Known for helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles, boosting vitamin C concentrations in the body, and bringing a bit of refreshment to even the driest and flakiest of skin, there's a lot to love about lemon.
This oil is great for skin for a variety of reasons including its ability to fight wrinkles, reduce the appearance of scars or stretch marks, and bringing moisture back into the body.8
One very important note, however: citrus is very reactive to direct sunlight. If you are going to use lemon essential oil, even in a blend, you absolutely cannot expose the area to direct sunlight, especially in the immediate hours after applying it. If you do, it could actually cause damage instead of healing. However, for an evening wind-down, lemon essential oil blends are definitely your skin's friend.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot seed essential oil is not one that you're going to hear about too often, but the demand is beginning to pick up as more information is getting out about all the benefits that carrot seed oil can provide.
In fact, a 2012 study shows that this essential oil has positive antioxidant effects.9
This can help prevent aging by protecting the healthy skin cells from damage.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
Aside from its antioxidant effects, ylang-ylang
essential oil has shown some impressive effects when it comes to rebuilding the skin's health while also fighting free radical damage.10
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil
has a wide array of positive healing properties, including its ability to prevent free radicals and antimicrobial and anti-oxidant properties. This is a great trifecta of benefits, and it doesn't take much to get some serious results. That means a little bit of oil goes a long way to creating healthy skin.11
Frankincense Essential Oil
isn't just for the holidays. This essential oil has a variety of positive benefits for the skin that include reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as scars, stretch marks, and other blemishes.12
Rose Essential Oil
There are some essential oils that serve a variety of purposes and others that are very niche. Rose is all about the skin. The properties of this oil include reducing inflammation
, preventing bacterial infections, reducing puffiness, reducing redness, and even renewing skin cells.
In other words, if you're looking for an all in one skincare essential oil, then rose essential oil is a great choice for this purpose.13
Clary Sage Essential Oil
This herb smells sweet on the spice rack, and its derived essential oil offers powerful antioxidants that fight free radical damage.14
As you can see when it comes to using essential oils for skin care, there are plenty of great options available. Do a little bit of experimenting to find the ones that work best for you.
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