Most women, especially as they age, inevitably start to lose the youthful glow in their skin. They then look for solutions to slow down the process but want a speedy solution and look towards the beauty industry for help.
Retinol, chemical peels, facial fillers and botox are just some of the products advertised to reverse the aging process. But using chemical products can be detrimental and cause further damage.
I believe it is possible to slow down the aging process and regain your youthful glow by making sure you are incorporating these 10 essential oils for simple skincare practices.
Keep reading to find out which 10 Essential Oils That Get The Best Results In Anti-Aging Skincare, and why I feel they are the best.
Why are Essential Oils better for anti-aging than other commercial products?
Anti-aging products are widely available on the market. Sadly, many of them contain toxins and chemicals. Therefore, these products provide little to no benefit for the health and nourishment of the skin.
These chemical products may contribute to chemical overload. Furthermore, it is primarily due to clever and creative marketing that these cosmetics are so successful. However, popularity does not necessarily equate to quality. The same is true for "natural" vs organic products.
How can one know then what is good? Which is effective? And what is safe?The quality of the ingredients determines this. It also depends on the active ingredients and their ratio to the base composition and their purity.
What are the specific anti-aging properties of Essential Oils??
Essential oils for anti-aging work on a cellular level to promote the body's healing. They are an excellent detoxifier as they are lipid-soluble, meaning they can penetrate cell membranes and travel throughout the blood and tissues.
When used in aromatherapy or topically, Essential Oils promote healing physically and emotionally, thus creating balance. Essential Oils are also effective against bacteria and fungi as they carry oxygen into cells which creates an environment hostile to disease-causing organisms.
Human skin is the largest organ in the body, and it is also the main route through which toxins are eliminated.
Here are a few facts about the skin you're in:
- Each millilitre of blood in the body contains over 15,000 cells in the skin and internal organs.
- Each cell has many thousands of complex chemical processes carried being out.
- Furthermore, each cell becomes the beneficiary of around 75,000 chemical messenger molecules from adjacent cells.
- As a result, chemical information is circulated through the bloodstream to all parts of the body, keeping it alive and functioning.
- The skin surface alone has 25% of the body's total blood flow.
With all of this knowledge, it makes sense that only the best organic natural skincare products should be applied, as it is crucial for overall health and well-being.
My top 10 picks of essential oils for anti-aging
These 10 essential oils are just a few of many with anti-aging properties.
They will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and nourish and restore radiance to your skin:
Vitamin C is one of the best-known properties of lemon, but lemon oil has plenty of other benefits as well. Lemon oil is known to help reduce damage caused by oxidation and help prevent sun damage, leading to wrinkles.
Essential oils can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Aromatherapists and natural health experts widely recommend lemon essential oil because it is one of the most effective.
The peels of lemons and limes contain Vitamin C and citric acid, which help prevent fine lines, age spots, wrinkles and dull skin. Lemon essential oil is extracted from these peels.
Sandalwood is an anti-aging essential oil high in antioxidants and can help reduce signs of aging.
Aromatic or topical applications are possible with sandalwood essential oil.
It is known to have antioxidant properties, so it can help prevent skin cell damage. Sandalwood also supports collagen production, which can increase the skin's firmness and tighten the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
When the skin is adequately hydrated, it appears plumper and lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Clary sage
Clary sage essential oil is a powerful skin anti-aging agent.
It improves scars, stretch marks and fine lines by reducing inflammation, healing damaged skin cells, and increasing collagen production.
Several studies have suggested that clary sage might reduce the damage caused by free radicals to DNA and proteins. Free radicals are chemicals that are thought to damage the skin.
Lavender oil originated in countries such as France, Germany and Iran.
It has a distinct soothing aroma and is often used in aromatherapy and commercial bath, body, skincare and cleaning solutions.
This popular plant has been studied extensively for its health benefits.
Lavender oil has been used for hundreds of years to treat depression and anxiety, among other ailments.
In addition to hydrating the skin, minimizing pores, and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, it is also known to help with anti-aging.
5. Carrot seed oil
Scientific research has shown that the powerful antioxidants in carrot seeds can slow down the breakdown of healthy cells in the skin.
Thus, it may slow down the natural aging process and protect you from environmental damage such as pollution.
6. Carrot Tissue Oil
If you have sunspots on your face or your skin seems less radiant, carrot tissue oil can make a difference. The best way to combat these signs of aging is to use something that penetrates deep into your skin's tissues, and carrot tissue oil does just that!
Carrot tissue oil contains high concentrations of Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F and beta-carotene (free radical scavengers), which help combat ageing, wrinkles, blemishes and excess dry skin restoring optimum suppleness and elasticity.
The beauty of carrot tissue oil lies not only in its natural ability to preserve moisture but in its ability to restore the skin naturally.
Carrot tissue oil can reduce scar tissue, stimulate nerve activity, and boost immune function.
When it comes to essential oils that keep your skin soft, smooth, and moisturized, carrot essential oil is the oil for you!
It is also the secret to our Mana Bohdi Butter and Mana Bohdi Oil-rich luxurious colour.
7. Ylang Ylang
Ylang-ylang essential oil is extracted from a flower in the Cananga odorata tree used to make perfumes (think those fruity types) and used in some Ayurvedic medicine.
It is best known as an essential oil used in perfumes. However, ylang-ylang has shown some antioxidant effects that help rebuild the skin's protein and fats, simultaneously reducing free radicals.
When added to skincare, it expels notes of a heavenly aromatic symphony.
Rosemary has been historically used to treat digestive problems, depression, and many other ailments. Thanks to its abundant supply of antioxidants like carvacrol, camphene, and rosmarinic acid, rosemary is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Rosemary essential oil works better than many other essential oils, according to a scientific study.
You see, this particular essential oil contains a specific compound called 1,8-cineole (also known as E-beta-ocimene). This compound is an excellent antioxidant and has proven to reduce oxidative stress.
The higher levels of 1,8-cineole in the rosemary essential oil led to more free radical damage repair, which is why it shows so much promise for fighting aging.
Lemongrass is one of the most widely used essential oils around the world.
It has many uses for beauty, health, and home care. You can use this essential oil as part of your daily skincare regimen, or you can use it in your bath water for a relaxing and soothing experience.
Part of the citronella family, lemongrass is commonly used in aromatherapy since it blends well with other essential oils.
Lemongrass is known to have calming and soothing effects on the mind and body. It has a refreshing aroma that leaves you feeling renewed and invigorated.
Lemongrass also has antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities, making it an excellent oil for fighting pimple-causing bacteria and keeping your skin healthy.
If you want to eliminate acne-causing bacteria, try using skin care products that contain lemongrass essential oil.
In addition to fighting bacteria, lemongrass also helps reduce inflammation and regenerate new skin cells, which promotes faster healing after an injury or acne breakout. Lemongrass is also good for your hair and scalp.
Patchouli essential oil is hailed for its use in skin cell regeneration. It is known to be a good astringent and helps in regenerating new skin cells.
Studies also indicate that Patchouli Oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help prevent infections and reduce signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, etc.
Patchouli essential oil is ideal for all types of skin including oily or acne-prone skin.
Reminder: do not apply essential oils directly to the skin without dilution with a carrier oil first.
Below are a few of the carrier oils used in my formulations:
- Fractionated coconut oil
- Jojoba oil
- Avocado oil
- Apricot kernel oil
- Evening primrose oil
Here are a few more wrinkle-reducing tips
- Use an organic foam or cream cleanser twice a day to cleanse your face.
- For best results, use a cleanser that contains essential oils: lemon, lemongrass and lavender and is not drying to the sebaceous glands.
- Avoid cleansers that are soap-based and contain artificial fragrances and other harmful chemicals.
- Tone daily after cleaning to restore the pH balance
- Apply daily a high quality organic essential oil-based moisturiser
- Do weekly or daily Gua Sha tool with a high organic quality essential based facial oil.
- To ensure that both surface and deeper layers of skin cells are removed, use a natural AHA/BHA peeling solution or a scrub that contains both small and micro exfoliant particles.
Other considerations to slow down the ageing process and development of wrinkles Include:
- Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
- Limit sun exposure.
- Stay hydrated (for cell hydration) add a pinch of Celtic salt to your water
- Consume foods high in antioxidants, such as leafy greens and berries
- Exercise daily
Essential oils are nature's gifts to us, and they should be used with caution and the understanding of their omnipotent healing and restorative powers.
Essential oils are generally safe to use, but they should be diluted in a carrier oil and tested on a small area of skin before applying to larger areas.
Essential oils can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of damaged skin. Aside from these benefits, essential oils can also:
- Reduce inflammation
- Neutralise harmful bacteria
- Prevent skin damage from dry air or the sun
- Boost collagen
- Even skin tone
- Improve complexion
The active ingredients in essential oils stimulate your body's built-in healing mechanisms, which is why they are so effective. To maintain your skin's elasticity and moisture, look for organic oils with properties that moisturize and rejuvenate aging skin.
If you are interested in learning more about the Mana Bohdi Skincare Range you can see more information here.