They say time stands still for no one, and that’s true.
But don’t forget, there are a lot of great things about getting older. Becoming more wise and sure of yourself, knowing what you want out of life and feeling the pride of watching children—and eventually grandchildren—find their own way in the world, are just a few of those good things.
One thing that’s NOT so great, however, is the stamp that time leaves on your skin. When you look in the mirror and see those telltale signs of aging—wrinkles and dull, sagging or thinning skin—staring back at you it can feel like you’re looking at a stranger.
But unless you want to inject synthetic fillers and risky toxins like Botox into your face, or submit to harsh chemical peels or dangerous and expensive plastic surgery, you’re going to need another solution to help turn back the hands of time on your skin. And the good news is we’ve got just the thing.
Essential oils can naturally help erase fine lines and wrinkles, soften skin and help return the rosy glow of youth to your skin affordably and without the risk. The key is to use pure, high quality oils so you’re only putting the very best on your skin.
Step 1: Choose a soothing and hydrating carrier oil
Essential oils are too strong to use directly on the skin alone. Instead you will need to dilute them a bit in a hydrating carrier oil. It’s important to use a quality oil instead of just water, because oils will help your skin absorb the essential oils AND contribute to the anti-aging effects, as long you choose the right ones…
Apricot Kernel Oil:
If you’re concerned about using oils on your skin, apricot kernel oil is a good carrier to start with. It’s as non-greasy as an oil can be, and absorbs quickly, so you aren’t left with a greasy, slick feeling. Apricot kernel oil is loaded with vitamins A and C, which are often found in fancy, expensive creams designed to erase wrinkles, and boost collagen.
You may have heard that argan oil is great for your hair, but it turns out it’s just as good for your skin, too! With argan oil as a base you’re already increasing elasticity, erasing wrinkles, and hydrating your skin before adding an essential oils.
Avocado oil is packed with vitamins and plant sterolins that help improve collagen production. It’s a bit heavier than the other carrier oils on this list making it a great base for when you want to tackle a particularly tough patch of dry or rough skin, say on your elbows, knees or feet. It’s great for overnight use with a pair of socks, for example, to give you baby soft feet in the morning.
You know why coconut oil is all the rage these days? Because it’s so darn versatile. Few other oils can claim they are just as effective for making a stir fry as they are at smoothing wrinkles. Coconut oil is a natural antioxidant that helps reduce signs of aging, strengthen the skin and protect against sun damage!
Rose Hip Seed oil:
Most creams promise to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Rose hip seed oil does too– but it can also help reduce the depth and appearance of deeper wrinkles that have settled in. In addition, Rose hip seed oil can help heal damaged skin, stimulate new cell growth, boost collagen and improve the overall look and texture of skin.
Sweet Almond oil:
Regenerated skin cells. Improved elasticity. Restored circulation. You get them all when you use sweet almond oil as your carrier oil. Sweet almond oil doesn’t come with any distinctive fragrance or aroma either, so it’s a great choice if you have sensitive skin.
Step 2: Pick an essential oil to fight the signs of aging
Next you’re going to add your essential oils to your chosen carrier oil. Below are our top 7 picks for essential oils that can help you turn back the hands of time as they smooth and soothe your skin…
Reducing wrinkles is important, sure, but it’s not the only way to look younger. Anti-aging can also mean improving circulation, strengthening the skin, and even minimizing varicose veins. Which is where cypress oil comes in. This essential oil gives you all that in just a few drops.
Perhaps one of the most well-known essential oil, frankincense may very well become your go-to anti-aging ingredient, thanks to its many benefits. Start with its ability to rejuvenate cells, to keep skin youthful and glowing. Then add the ability to reduce scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. But don’t stop there because frankincense oil also tightens up sagging skin, as well. It’s easy to see why it’s such an anti-aging go-to.
The anti-aging benefits of geranium oil comes from the fact that it’s an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory AND an anti-microbial. That means that it helps fight the free radicals that cause aging, helps protect against inflammation and keeps bad bacteria at bay. Want more from your essential oil? How about the fact that geranium oil is also an astringent, so it helps tighten and tone skin while reducing pores.
One of the top three essential oils, you can thank the antioxidant power in myrrh for this oils ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh leaves your skin looking and feeling firmer, smoother and younger.
Not many people have heard of neroli and that’s a shame because it’s a powerful anti-aging tool for your skin. Neroli oil cools skin inflammation and helps to heal and repair damaged skin. This potent oil can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and is excellent for overall skin health.
The same rosemary you love in chicken and on potatoes can be turned into a multipurpose essential oil. Invigorating rosemary oil hydrates skin and helps erase the appearance of wrinkles. Rosemary oil is also a natural preservative so you can add to any of your other essential oil mixes to help keep the fresh longer.
If you’re looking to smooth skin and erase wrinkles, give sandalwood oil a try. Sandalwood it also great for soothing irritated skin and may even help reduce scarring. And this delicious smelling oil has an added benefit. It’s been shown to help people relax, which means no more stress and tension showing up on your face.
Step 3: Try this basic essential oils recipe to put it all together
The best thing about using essential oils to erase wrinkles and clear signs of aging is that you can mix and match them to meet your personal needs and preferences. You simply need to start with a basic recipe.
|Basic Essential Oil Recipe|
|This basic recipe will get you started. Get creative and make your own mixes based on your needs and preferences. But remember essential oils are very potent so you will only need to use very small amounts in your mixes and on your skin.
Place a drop or two of your finished mix in your hand and rub your palms together. Then gently massage the oil into your skin.Essential oils can be very potent, so if you have sensitive skin you may want to perform a patch test before using your mix, and whenever using a new oil you haven’t tried before. Apply a tiny drop of the mixed oils to the inside of your wrist, rub it in, and wait 24 hours to see if you have any skin irritation or sensitivity.
Now, to get specific, following are three essential oil mixes that we love for recapturing beautiful, youthful skin.
To Minimize and Erase Wrinkles:
Start with 3 tablespoons of argan oil in a glass bottle or jar. Add 4 drops of neroli oil and another 4 drops of sandalwood oil. Apply every morning until you start seeing results. Store away from sunlight.
Antioxidant Essential Oil Blend:
In a glass bottle start with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add 4 drops each of geranium and myrrh. Apply daily or as needed.
Essential Oils Night Cream:
In a glass bottle start with 3 tablespoons of avocado oil. Add 4 drops of frankincense. Add another 4 drops of pomegranate oil. Apply in the evenings, before bed, for best results.
Don’t put yourself in danger with risky procedures and expensive surgeries to turn back the hands of time. Especially not when you can get even better results safely and naturally with affordable essential oils.