Essential oils come with many different types of health benefits, and among them is something we all seek at some point in life: preventing your skin from wrinkling and showing signs of age. For women (and men) who want to slow down their aging process, look younger, and feel healthier – you’re in luck. Essential oils offer an all-natural solution to help slow down the aging process and keep your skin looking young, vibrant, glowing, and healthy.
The good news is that these anti-aging essential oils are readily available for purchase online, and perfectly safe to use. And they are not like those chemical concoctions produced by the pharmaceutical industry. They are the same natural medicinal oils used by cultures all over the world for centuries. Here are the best oils to use for anti-aging and skin health.
1. Jojoba Oil
The first oil we’re going to talk about is jojoba oil (which is not actually an essential oil, strictly speaking). It’s one of the most moisturizing and hydrating oils on the planet, and it’s actually not very oily when you use it. It’s loaded with tons of beneficial vitamins and minerals that are extremely healthy for the skin: zinc, chromium, vitamin B complex, copper, silicon, and vitamin E. The other powerhouse ingredient in jojoba oil is iodine. Most Americans (and people worldwide) lack iodine in their natural diets. Believe it or not, using jojoba oil actually replenishes your body’s store of iodine through skin absorption, and iodine happens to be the most powerful skin healing ingredient in jojoba.
So how does it work? First of all, everybody has these very tiny, microscopic glands embedded in our skin called sebaceous glands. These glands are responsible for secreting an oily, waxy material called sebum which helps to keep our skin and hair hydrated and well nourished. As we get older, our bodies start to lose the ability to produce adequate levels of sebum which eventually leads to dry skin, dandruff, itchy scalp, etc.
Here’s where jojoba comes in. It fills the role of sebum and helps keep our skin and hair moisturized when our bodies lose the ability to do so on its own. It’s also important to note that too much sebum can also be a problem, which is usually caused by elevated hormone levels. In turn this will result in acne, oily skin, and oily hair. If you’ve ever experienced any of those at some point in your life, then you’ve experienced the result of having too much sebum.
But guess what? Jojoba oil actually helps our bodies maintain balanced levels of sebum when there is too much. When there is an excess of oil on our skin, jojoba oil can be applied which will remove that waxy and oily buildup. For that reason, jojoba oil is a great all-natural way to treat eczema, acne, dry skin, and a plethora of other skin conditions. Jojoba is truly a wonder-oil.
Jojoba is a natural emollient, and serves as a soothing, moisturizing, hydrating oil for your skin. It prevents and protects against many different types of irritation and roughness. For example, when the upper layer of our skin loses water then we develop dry skin, and our skin also loses the ability to properly protect itself. When jojoba oil is applied to our skin, it creates a layer on top of our skin that helps keep water within this top layer of skin – resulting in soft, smooth, moisturized, and protected skin all day long. It can be used all over our bodies: face, hair, neck, chest, arms, hands, feet, legs, etc. It’s completely natural with zero chemicals.
The benefits don’t stop there. Unlike traditional, chemical-based moisturizers and skin lotions – jojoba oil is noncomedogenic and won’t clog your pores. It’s packed with antioxidants which help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and gives our skin a natural, healthy glow. The iodine found in jojoba oil helps kill the harmful bacteria which can lead to acne breakouts and other skin conditions.
If that doesn’t convince you how amazing jojoba oil is, don’t take our word for it. A study done by the Department of Environment and Life Sciences in Italy in 2011 showed that jojoba oil helps accelerate the healing of skin wounds by speeding up the time it takes for wounds to close, and by stimulating the creation of collagen.
Another study done in 2012 in Germany was designed to study jojoba oil’s effect on skin lesions and overall skin condition. Study participants applied clay masks created with jojoba oil to their face, three times per week. Out of a total of 196 participants, over 50% of them reported that their skin lesions had either been significantly reduced or were completely gone with only six weeks of applying jojoba oil to the affected areas.
2. Pomegranate Seed Oil
The second oil we’re going to talk is pomegranate seed oil. Like jojoba, it’s also not actually an essential oil. Pomegranate seed oil is all-natural, and is known to aid in the prevention and treatment of certain types of skin cancer.
You’ve probably heard or read before that pomegranates, as a food, are associated with anti-aging and have numerous health benefits. And that’s true. It’s also true that the most powerful healing component of pomegranates is contained within the seed oil. Have you ever noticed the dark red color of pomegranate oil? What you’re seeing is a result of bioflavonoids, and that dark color is essentially what protects our skin from UVA and UVB damage from the sun.
Regularly applying pomegranate seed oil to our skin helps keep a natural sun protectant in the top layer of the skin. Every time you go outside and are exposed to the sun, you actually incur small amounts of micro-damage from UV rays. Over time, even if you don’t get sunburned, this damage adds up and can cause skin cancer and prematurely cause our skin to age. Pomegranate seed oil prevents and slows down this process. If you plan on being directly exposed to the sun for any significant length of time – still use a regular sunscreen or sunblock! On other days when you’ll likely be exposed to the sun but for relatively short periods of time, it’s a great time to use pomegranate seed oil.
3. Frankincense Essential Oil
Finally, here is a real essential oil! If you’ve read anything about essential oils before, then you’ve most definitely heard of frankincense oil. Among it’s many uses, it’s a great essential oil to use on your skin because it can reduce the appearance of sun spots or age-related skin blemishes, balance out uneven skin tone, and help even out the appearance of spotty or splotchy patches of skin.
Frankincense is also a great protector of skin cells because it is a very powerful astringent. It can help get rid of acne, facial scars, reduce the appearance of large pores, and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. A great way to apply it is by mixing 4-5 drops of frankincense oil with a single ounce of jojoba oil and rub this into your skin. It works especially well in places where skin tends to sag, like your abdomen, jowls, and under your eyes. Before applying frankincense to your skin, make sure to perform a patch test: place a single drop of frankincense on the inside of your arm and watch for an allergic reaction after 1-2 minutes (this is rare, but not unheard of).
It’s a powerful anti-aging essential oil due to its ability to naturally strengthen our skin, increase the skin’s natural defense mechanisms against bacteria, and balance out skin tone while keeping the skin highly elastic. Elastic and well-moisturized skin keeps it protected from minor irritations which would otherwise contribute to the premature aging and appearance of our skin. Frankincense essential oil is especially known for having the ability to reduce and completely eliminate scars and stretch marks.
4. Lavender Essential Oil
Last but definitely not least is lavender oil. Out of all 100+ essential oils, lavender is probably the single best oil for for healing burns, cuts, scrapes, and rashes. Lavender oil works in a slightly different way than the above 3 oils (jojoba, pomegranate seed, and frankincense) in that it specifically focuses in and targets the skin. It enhances intra-cellular communication and bolsters the skin’s natural healing abilities.
Have you ever heard the term free radicals before? If you answered yes, then you also probably know that free radicals are dangerous and detrimental to our overall health and wellbeing. These free radicals include things like toxins, chemicals, and other pollutants. When allowed to exist in our body, these toxic free radicals can shut down the immune system and can allow significant damage occur when our body’s natural defenses are down. And yes, this includes the skin since the skin is our first layer of defense against threats like bacteria, microbes, airborne pollutants, UV rays, irritants, etc.
In order to successfully fight back against free radicals, our bodies need antioxidants. Multiple studies have supported the fact that lavender essential oil increases our body’s production of three very powerful antioxidants: catalase, glutathione, and superoxide dismutase.
When lavender is mixed with aloe vera or coconut oil, this creates a very strong anti-microbial mixture packed with antioxidants, and can provide significant healing and preventative benefits for the skin. Using 8-10 drops of lavender oil in one ounce of coconut oil or aloe vera works really great, and is perfect for uses like healing sunburn, cuts, scrapes, and restoring dry skin.
Mixing lavender with frankincense essential oil is a really powerful combination to combat against skin aging spots and blemishes. Place 1-2 drops of each on affected areas after your morning and and before bedtime. Remember to perform a patch test before applying these essential oils directly on your skin.
The Perfect Anti-Aging Solution
Now that we’ve covered the best oils for our skin and for anti-aging purposes, you might be wondering how to get started or which oil to use. Below we’ll describe how you can blend these oils together to create a powerful anti-aging serum, capable of hydrating and moisturizing your skin, while also providing antioxidant protection, important phytonutrients, and improve your skin’s natural healing process.
Step 1. Find a small glass vial, container, bottle, or jar that you can use to store your anti-aging serum in. This container should be dark colored amber glass or cobalt blue to prevent it from degrading when exposed to light.
Step 3. Mix 1/4 ounce of each of the above ingredients into your container.
Step 4. Every morning after you shower, and every night before you go to bed, place a few drops on your fingertips and rub this anywhere you’d like to improve your skin appearance. If you don’t have it stored in a dropper glass, you can simply dip your fingertip into the jar or container.
If you apply this mixture consistently, your skin will look healthier and younger than it’s ever looked before. Your skin will be hydrated and protected, and the best part is that it’s all-natural with no chemicals. You’ll start to look younger and feel younger, essentially kick starting the anti-aging process. Some people will even notice the effects as soon as a few days after starting this regimen.