Aging is natural, but can we slow down the process? Today’s market is flooded with thousands of anti-aging lotions and potions. Trying to figure out which one works the best can make your head spin. As we age, collagen and elastin decrease, causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear. Let’s not forget other factors such as: poor diet, dehydration, stress, toxins, smoking, and excessive sun exposure which aid in premature aging.
The horrifying truth is that your anti-aging skin cream is speeding up the aging of your skin, allowing the sellers to make more and more money off you coming back for more. The product may contain the latest and greatest anti-aging ingredients, but what other harmful chemicals are added to that “fountain of youth” promise in a jar? The results of these toxins are having the opposite effect on your skin by dumping harmful and toxic ingredients into your bloodstream and doing more harm than good.
Still believe in your anti-aging skin cream? In Europe, they banned over 1300 chemicals suspected to cause reproductive harm, birth defects, asthma, endocrine disruptors, cancer, etc. America has ban only 11 of these harmful chemicals. If you want to find out if your beauty cream is safe go to Environmental Working Group (EWG) website. They have done all the research on the toxic and safe ingredients in our everyday products.
For example, look at the word fragrance in your skin care product. The government has allowed hundreds of potential harmful chemicals to hide under this one ingredient. The lack of transparency makes it impossible for you to make an informed choice on what product to purchase.
Stop wasting your time searching through the many false promises of anti- aging in nice packaging and start making more informed choices for you and your family. Add an organic skin care option such as essential oils to your beauty regiment.
Essential oils have aromatic properties which are a safe and have natural ingredients sourced from plants. They are rich in antioxidants that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boost the production of collagen.
While most essential oils are too concentrated to be used directly on the skin, you will need to dilute them with carrier oils like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and many more. Many natural oils are also anti-inflammatory in nature and the fatty acid content helps to improve the skin’s elasticity.
Best Essential Oils for Aging Skin
Helichrysum oil – One of the best anti-aging essential oils. Its other name is immortelle. It reverses aging and gives the skin a more radiant and firm look. It works on the cellular level to smooth wrinkles and repair skin cells. This essential oil is on the pricier side, but well worth it.
Neroli oil – High in Vitamin C and helps to repair damaged skin cells, improves elasticity and stretch marks, triggers cell growth, tones skin, and even softens scars.
Frankincense oil– Is a sweet and spicy oil that boost the skin’s elasticity, promotes the growth of new cells, and reduces age spots. It also possesses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties, which helps reduce blemishes and even the skin tone since it balances the skin’s PH
Carrot Seed Oil – Contains apigenin and luteolin which have anti-inflammatory activity, and rich in flavonoids which have an antioxidant effect on irritated skin. It can help smooth your skin and repair damage to the epidermis. It is also rich in vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that protect the skin from sun damage and delay signs of aging. It will also tighten skin and promote cell rejuvenation.
Geranium Oil – Is a common oil in anti-aging products. The fragrance is flowery in nature and has a therapeutic effect on aging skin. It is a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory agent which can tighten the skin. Geranium Oil regulates sebum production and reduces the appearance of pores and scars.
Ylang-Ylang – Rejuvenates your skin. It helps to smooth away wrinkles and fine lines on your face and around your mouth due to its antioxidant properties that protect skin cells. Ylang-ylang contain powerful antioxidants that effectively kill off skin-damaging free radicals. This which helps prevent premature aging caused by overexposure to the sun’s UV rays and the dreaded effects of pollution.
Rose essential oil – Great for dry skin and for boosting your skin’s elasticity. Keeps the skin moist and encourages new cell growth. It reduces inflammation, protects from oxidation and free-radicals. Also, who doesn’t like the smell of roses?
This oil is great for dry mature skin to keep it hydrated, toned, reduce fine lines and inflammation. It can also help heal broken capillaries.
Lavender oil – Can sooth tired, dull skin. Because of its antioxidant properties, this oil is great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. The free radical scavenging activity of this oil helps to reduce the effects of oxidative stress. Inhaling lavender also has many health benefits, such as reducing stress and helping with insomnia.
Lavender oil has restorative properties which are great for cuts and burns. It also reduces blemishes and heals the skin.
There are so many anti-aging essential oils to choose from such as: Sandalwood, Rosemary, Pomegranate Seed, Myrrh, Patchouli, Clary Sage, etc. Research them all and see what is best for you.
Best Carrier Oils
To get the full benefit from anti-aging essential oils, you should dilute them in carrier oils. Many carrier oils also have antioxidant activities that can help prevent the appearance of aging skin. Natural oils provide deep moisturization to nourish and protect your skin from further damage.
Apricot Kernel Oil
The anti-aging effect of apricot kernel oil is due to its high content of fatty acids and vitamin E. The oleic and linoleic acids help make this an effective skin treatment.
Sweet Almond Oil
Delivers essential nutrients to the skin to combat wrinkles and tighten skin. It will also improve complexion and tone skin.
This oil closely resembles sebum which is what the skin produces to keep it moist. This is one of the best oils for anti-aging. Jojoba oil is a natural emollient that regulates the production of oil in the body. It can improve your overall skin condition and make your skin appear younger.
Jojoba oil contains antioxidants and antibacterial compounds to fight bacteria and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It can also improve skin texture.
This oil tightens saggy skin, boosts elasticity and collagen. It also improves the structure of skin cells and gets rid of free radicals.
This oil is rich in antioxidants. This oil contains bioflavonoids which helps prevent sunburns. It is also rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K. It also promotes faster absorption into the skin when mixed with other essential oils.
There are many other carrier oils to use as well–vitamin E oil, coconut oil, olive oil, evening primrose oil, rosehip seed oil, and avocado oil.
Please note: essential oils are very potent. Make sure you purchase 100% pure essential oils, and dilute them with a carrier oil. Do not use if you are pregnant or lactating. Keep oils away from eyes.
How to mix Essential Oils
Add 12 drops of essential oils per 1 fluid oz of carrier oil.
As you can imagine there are many combinations for anti-aging. Here are some to get you started.
Mix 1 oz of carrier oil
4 drops of carrot oil
4 drops of lavender oil
4 drops of geranium oil
Mix the ingredients in an amber bottle and store in a cool dark place. Put a few drops in your hand and spray about three to four squirts of rose water to the mixture. Then spread evenly across your face and neck.
Anti-Aging Essential Oil Mist
Fill a small amber spray bottle with 1 oz rose water
Add 12 drops of any of your favorite anti-aging essential oils
Shake the mixture before spraying
Keep eyes closed and mist over your face for a refreshing anti-aging pick-me-up throughout the day.
We can’t stop aging, but if we take some preventative measures we can have that youthful glow for many years to come. Don’t forget aging is a process and we need to be mindful of what we put on our skin as well as what we put in our bodies. Get plenty of rest, drink a lot of water, and exercise. Don’t forget to keep your mental thoughts in check. Positivity goes a long way for your health and anti-aging.