anti aging essential oils

Is your skin aging prematurely? There could be several reasons for this including environmental pollution, lifestyle and lousy skin habits.

These factors may cause the skin to lose its elasticity and suppleness and lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Thankfully, there are several oils, both essential oils, and carrier oils, that can reduce the signs of premature aging and remedy skin damage.

Let us read about some of the best oils to reduce the appearance of aging skin.

1. Frankincense oil

Frankincense oil has powerful anti-aging and skin rejuvenating properties. It can be used to tone the skin, prevent wrinkles, reduce dark spots, reduce pore size, and prevent acne.

Frankincense oil has natural astringent properties which help to regenerate healthy cells and keep the existing tissue healthy and strong.

According to a study, Frankincense oil can help in reducing stretch marks and scarring on the skin (1).

Ways to use

  • Add six drops of this oil to an ounce of your face products and use it.
  • You can also add around six drops of this oil to one ounce of carrier oil and apply it on your skin.

2. Lemon oil

Lemon oil has potent antioxidant and anti-aging compounds which can inhibit free radical damage to the skin (2). It is high in vitamin C, which is a vital ingredient of many over-the-counter anti-skin aging products.

Lemon oil also helps treat various skin conditions like blisters, insect bites, cellulite, rosacea and viral infections of the skin. The antimicrobial compounds in lemon oil help to treat these conditions (3).

Ways to use

  • Use diluted lemon oil on your face before you go to bed. Avoid sun exposure for several hours after you apply this oil.

3. Pomegranate seed oil

The high levels of punicic acid in pomegranate seed oil have strong anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It helps to remove wrinkles and protects the skin from sun damage. In fact, pomegranate oil has in vitro SPF of 8 (4).

Pomegranate oil also boosts collagen, enhances skin elasticity and promotes the reversal of skin damage. It also helps to unclog pores of the skin and prevent acne.

Ways to use

  • Add one tablespoon of pomegranate seed oil, ½ teaspoon of sea buckthorn oil and one tablespoon of rosehip oil to a glass bottle. To this mixture add four drops of lavender oil, four drops of geranium oil, and four drops of carrot seed oil. Massage a few drops of this serum to your face every day.

4. Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil improves the health of the skin thanks to its moisturizing properties. It penetrates the skin without leaving behind a greasy feeling. It seals the skin with a protective barrier which prevents it from losing moisture.

Jojoba oil contains vitamin E, and vitamin C, which speeds up the regeneration of skin cells, which leads to smooth skin. It also helps in diminishing signs of aging like age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Jojoba oil also helps the body to produce collagen. Collagen levels naturally decrease as one gets older, which leads to change in appearance. According to a 2011 study, jojoba oil helps in collagen synthesis and wound healing (5).

Ways to use

  • Mix equal amounts of jojoba oil and almond oil and apply it to your skin.
  • You can also mix some drops of this oil into your anti-aging face mask.

5. Lavender oil

Lavender oil contains antioxidant properties that rejuvenate the skin, combat the signs of aging and appearance of wrinkles. It increases the blood flow, which allows nutrients and oxygen to reach skin cells.

According to a 2013 study, lavender oil can help protect against oxidative stress in the brain (6). These antioxidant properties also help protect the skin.

Lavender oil also helps to reduce redness and blotching of the skin and restores the natural skin tone. When used regularly, it reduces age spots and other skin discolorations.

Ways to use

  • Add some drops of lavender oil to coconut oil and use it as a moisturizer in the morning.

6. Rosehip seed oil

The anti-aging properties of rosehip oil come from its high antioxidant content. Rosehip seed oil can penetrate deep into the skin and improve moisture levels and reduce the visible signs of aging.

Rosehip oil is rich in vitamin A, which helps to reduce wrinkles, lighten age spots, fade fine lines and reverse the damage to the skin by stimulating the growth of new cells and production of collagen.

This oil also contains vitamin C and vitamin E, which protect the skin from pigmentation and age spots due to sun damage (7).

Rosehip oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that improve appearance, elasticity, and texture of the skin.

Ways to use

  • Apply two or three drops of rosehip oil to damp skin every night.
  • Add a few drops of this oil to your moisturizer for additional skin benefits.

7. Argan oil

Argan oil has strong anti-oxidant, anti-aging and moisturizing properties (8). Its high linoleic acid content increases the elasticity of the skin and tightens the pores.

It also contains vitamin A and E, which help in reducing wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and sagging skin. The vitamin E content of argan oil prevents a loss of elastin and collagen.

It improves skin’s elasticity and protects the skin from oxidative damage from UV rays.

This oil is also quickly absorbed into the skin, which makes it ideal for all skin types.

Ways to use

  • Put two or three drops of argan oil on your palms and massage it gently on your face. It will get absorbed quickly without leaving any residue.

8. Avocado oil

Avocado oil is an anti-aging powerhouse. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E and fatty acids which are extremely beneficial for the skin.

Vitamins C and E reverse antioxidant damage to the skin, which helps in reducing fine lines, dullness, inflammation and premature aging.

Vitamin C in avocado oil also helps in increasing collagen which improves the skin tone. According to a 1991 study, avocado oil increases soluble collagen content in the skin (9).

In addition, the antioxidants in avocado oil also help to treat various skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.

Ways to use

  • Apply a few drops if this oil on damp skin after your bath and massage it thoroughly.

9. Geranium oil

Geranium oil is very effective in reducing the signs of aging. Its antioxidant properties improve saggy skin, reduce wrinkles and fade away age spots (10).

It also has astringent properties which help to tighten the skin and reduce the signs of aging. For people with oily skin, it reduces the appearance of large open pores as well.

The anti-inflammatory properties of geranium oil help in the treatment of acne, dermatitis and other skin diseases.

Ways to use

  • Mix a few drops of geranium oil into your moisturizer and use it daily on your skin.

10. Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains antioxidants like vitamin E that help in reducing the common signs of aging. It also contains lauric acid, which is considered to be the healthiest oil for the skin.

Coconut oil also strengthens the epidermis against cellulite, which helps in fading stretch marks and removing keratosis pilaris.

Massaging with coconut oil softens the skin texture, stimulates the blood supply and collagen production.

Ways to use

  • Apply coconut oil to your skin after taking a bath.
  • You can also use coconut oil with granulated sugar to make a body scrub.

11. Clary sage oil

Clary sage oil works as an antioxidant to tighten skin that may be sagging due to harmful free radicals. Its anti-aging properties help to reduce wrinkles, premature fine lines and tighten pores.

This oil also contains linalyl acetate that helps to heal rashes and reduce skin inflammation. It helps to regulate the production of natural oils inside the skin, which helps the skin stay supple.

The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of this oil also help those who suffer from menopausal acne.

This mild oil is also safe to use near the eyes, which are the first place to show the signs of aging.

Ways to use

  • Add around two to three drops of clary sage oil to a clean and warm washcloth and place the cloth over both your eyes for about 10 minutes.
  • Dilute clary sage oil with a carrier oil and massage it on to your face and neck.

Side effects and precautions

Though these oils are derived from natural sources, they can have some side effects. Essential oils can have an allergic reaction in some people. The symptoms may include rashes, redness, bumps, hives, sneezing and runny nose.

If you are using any of the oils mentioned above for the first time, do a patch test.

Some oils, especially citrus oils can cause burns when exposed to sunlight. So, avoid going out in the sunlight for a few hours after you use citrus oils on your skin.

Final thoughts

Both essential oils like frankincense oil, pomegranate seed oil and carrier oils like jojoba oil and coconut oil can help reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.

They also help to reduce inflammation, boost collagen, even out the skin tone, and moisturize the skin.

Always do a patch test before you apply any of these oils on your skin. Always use pure and organic oils from a reputable source.