Anti-Aging Essential Oils for Beautiful & Natural Skin
If we could turn back the hands of time, I’m sure many of us would try to do a better job the second go’ round, especially when it comes to our skin care. I know I’d spend a lot less time by the pool, use more sunscreen, and load up on moisturizer. But as a student of life, it appears that great wisdom comes with age. Which means by the time we realize the error of our irresponsible, carefree, youthful ways, it’s already too late–damage done. However, it’s never too late to start taking better care of your skin.
Thankfully, Mother Nature has provided us with many wonderful plants that hold the key to healthy, glowing skin and the secret to aging beautifully and naturally. Choose the products you put on your skin, as carefully as the foods you choose to put in your body. The less you expose your skin to the harsh toxins-commonly found in commercial beauty products and cosmetics- the better off you are. There is nothing beneficial about applying petroleum-based ingredients, toxic chemicals, synthetic additives, preservatives and dyes to your skin—the body’s largest organ.
All-natural, organic products provide a wealth of health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients, natural plant-based products help fortify our bodies with all the RIGHT things–to build, develop, and maintain healthy cells. And healthy cells are the body’s front line defense system against infections, cancer, and free radicals.
Discover essential oils and how to incorporate them into your daily skin care routine. You may not be able to turn back the hands of time, but you can begin to repair some of the damage that has been done and start to protect your skin against future damage. Here are ten essential oils that have amazing and powerful anti-aging and healing properties.
Ten Anti-Aging Essential Oils
Lavender is wonderful for soothing and softening skin and effective for treating a variety of skin irritations such as psoriasis, and reducing the appearance of scars, burns, and stretch marks. Lavender does not have to be diluted to be applied topically. Simply apply 2 to 3 drops directly to the affected area.
Sandalwood soothes, firms, and softens skin. It has antiviral properties that is effective in treating acne and it reduces the appearance of scars and wrinkles. You can use a couple drops directly on the skin; however, if your skin is sensitive, dilute it in a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil before applying.
Helichrysum is one of the only essential oils known to contain certain di-ketones which helps heal scars and wounds. It is effective in creating a defense against free radicals and not only repairs skin damage, but prevents future damage. Dilution is not required for topical use. Simply add 2-3 drops to a cotton ball and use directly on the skin.
Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for anti-aging. It evens out skin tone, can fade age spots, sun spots or scars. It also reduces large pores and increases elasticity and can tighten and firm skin around the eyes or jawline. Add to either a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, or your moisturizer or body lotion and apply directly to the skin.
Patchouli is commonly used in skin care and considered one of the best natural remedies for acne, eczema, and dry, cracked skin. It offers many cell-rejuvenating and anti-aging properties and can reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles. Ideal for adding to your moisturizer, body lotions, face washes.
Geranium has been used in skin care for centuries. In fact, the Egyptians used it to keep their skin healthy and glowing. It has antiseptic properties for wound healing and reduces inflammation. It is a great essential oil to use for a variety of skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
Cedarwood is a great addition to skin care. It is not only soothing and moisturizing, but its antibacterial properties also work great for treating acne. This non-drying oil can be used on either dry or oily skin. While it can be applied topically, it should be diluted in either a carrier oil or moisturizer for sensitive skin.
Myrrh is another essential oil that has been used for centuries. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal benefits, ideal for treating wounds and skin irritations. It is soothing and replenishes dry, cracked skin. Add a few drops to your body lotions, moisturizers or face wash to keep skin soft and well hydrated.
Pomegranate seed oil is commonly found in anti-aging creams. Its regenerative properties help to erase the visible signs of aging. It also stimulates “keratinocytes”, which are major cells found in the outer layer of the skin. This helps to reverse skin damage, revive skin and reveal a more youthful appearance. Pomegranate seed oil contains “punicic acid,” which is a unique polyunsaturated oil, and it contains omega 5 fatty acid, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It has antioxidant properties to defend cells against free radicals and helps to slow the aging process and protects skin from sun damage. It also assists with collagen protection and firming, tightening of the skin. Soothing and hydrating, it is an ideal oil to use for treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, and sunburns. The anti-inflammatory properties of the oil, calms irritations and reduces redness. It heals wounds and restores skin health by channeling nutrients directly into the cells and accelerates the cellular regeneration and rejuvenation process.
Rosemary oil helps in firming and tighten skin, as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It features antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities that make it beneficial in efforts to eliminate eczema, dermatitis, oily skin, and acne. Topical application of the essential oil or a regular massage with the oil helps in toning the skin and removing dryness. It can also give your skin a healthy, even glow when regularly applied or when it is the main component of your moisturizer and other creams.