When it comes to combating ageing of the skin, I think it’s safe to say we’re all on the same page – but did you know that you can use essential oils to help age slower and look younger on a consistent basis?
The 5 Best Anti-Ageing Essential Oils
1. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is such a versatile oil that helps heal skin conditions, burns and cuts – it specifically targets skin repair including the healing state and improves cellular communication within your skin. Lavender essential oil helps support your body to produce three of your bodies most powerful antioxidants – glutathione, catalase and superoxide dismutase.
The production of these antioxidants helps successfully fight free radical damage which could otherwise lead to damage to your body including ageing your skin. The synergistic benefits of lavender essential oil when mixed with benefit-rich aloe vera or coconut oil offers profound improvement to your skin. Adding just 10 drops to 2 tablespoons of aloe vera oil will offer an amazing soothing sensation to the worst sunburn and bring rapid relief in healing to dry skin, minor cuts and scrapes.
2. Pomegranate Seed Oil
Unknowing to some, pomegranate seed oil has been used throughout history for its amazing healing benefits. It is associated with great anti-aging properties, with the most powerful anti-ageing form of pomegranate being its oil, also known as bioflavonoids. Pomegranate seed oil is a dark colour &; also protects your skin from sun damage – it has a natural SPF, making it a great natural sunblock and sunscreen alternative.
3. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense oil offers a wide range of skin healing properties, including reducing the appearance of sunspots and age spots, helps improve uneven colour and tone of your skin – such as whiteness in some areas, spottiness or splotchiness. Not only can frankincense help heal the skin, it also helps protect skin cells, including help reduce acne blemishes, large pores and wrinkles. Application of this all-rounder oil isn’t limited to just the face, it’s ideal to use anywhere the skin becomes saggy such as the abdomen, under the eyes and jowls. Try mixing together 6 drops of frankincense oil with 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil (such as jojoba oil) and apply directly to the skin.
Frankincense’s ability to strengthen the skin, improve its tone, elasticity, defence mechanisms against bacteria and blemishes, and appearance as someone ages makes it an ideal anti-aging essential oil to use regularly. Studies have found remarkable results in showing how frankincense oil helps tone and lift skin, as well as reduce the appearances of scars and acne and heal wounds. It can also be used to help reduce stretch marks, scars and other marks associated with pregnancy, along with helping heal dry or cracked skin.
4. Jojoba Oil
An incredibly hydrating oil, containing many beneficial ingredients, including vitamin E, vitamin B complex, silicon, zinc, chromium and copper, it’s no wonder jojoba oil is such a powerful oil used to help heal the body.
Jojoba oil is remarkably similar to the sebum (the oily or waxy matter) that our skin glands secrete. It has the ability to keep our oil levels balanced by replenishing moisture in our skin and hair when our body stops doing so naturally, as well as removing sticky buildup or excess oil when needed too. This makes it an ideal oil for home remedy of acne, eczema and other dry-skin conditions. Jojoba Oil helps accelerate the wound-healing process and stimulates collagen synthesis. It doesn’t clog pores and is rich in iodine therefor naturally fights harmful bacteria growth that may otherwise lead to breakouts. Its low- toxic effects on the skin makes it ideal to use for those with sensitive skin as well as the antioxidants helping soothe fine lines, wrinkles and naturally slow down other signs of ageing.
A study that examined jojoba’s oil’s ability to reduce skin lesions and improve overall skin condition (Germany, 2012) found that of the 194 participants who applied clay masks with jojoba oil to their faces two to three times per week; skin lesions were reduced significantly after six weeks of using jojoba oil for 54% of the participants.
5. Geranium oil.
Geranium oil is an effective anti-inflammatory. It also helps to lighten age spots and even out overall skin tone. Geranium oil also improves circulation under the skin’s surface which aids in cell regeneration, making it useful for fading scars, wrinkles, and other visible imperfections in the skin.
Used by the Egyptians for promoting beautiful and radiant skin, geranium oil is now used to treat acne, reduce inflammation, it may also be one of the best oils for such diverse dermatological problems as oily or congested skin, eczema, and dermatitis.
Super Anti-Aging Serum
Use this anti-aging serum at night after cleaning your face with a warm wash.
You Will Need:
1/2 cup jojoba or apricot kernel oil (125ml)
5 drops each of: Geranium oil, Frankincense oil + Lavender oil