Essential oils give beneficial results for anti-aging skin care.* This is in addition to the pleasing aromas and the potential therapeutic effects on the body. I don’t normally think of the visual (yes, visual!) benefits that result from using essential oils for anti-aging skin care. Being a woman in my mid-40’s, this is definitely an area of interest!
Anti-aging products abound, and having some knowledge about essential oils for anti-aging skin care – facial products, in particular – can be extremely helpful when choosing a product that truly helps your skin look vibrant, healthy and guards against the aging process.
Using blends or formulations of essential oils for anti-aging skin care is likely more advantageous than using only one particular essential oil, as each has its own specific benefits. For example, we all want to maintain or increase the elasticity of our skin as we age, so Rose oil is the best choice for this.*
But we also need to keep aging skin hydrated, while removing toxins and promoting tissue repair – and Myrrh is a fabulous oil that delivers these valuable benefits.* So using a blend of essential oils that will provide the results we desire for anti-aging skin care is preferred to using a single oil.
Mixing your own “anti-aging blend” of essential oils can be fun, and using your homemade blend twice daily (once in the morning and once in the evening) can result in younger-looking skin.* And since many of the so-called “best” anti-aging creams and serums on the market contain large amounts of synthetic chemicals and preservatives, creating your own blend ensures that your formulation is pure and free of these potentially harmful substances.
Low dilution is recommended for everyday usage such as facial products. This equates to 1%–1.5%, or 6-9 drops of essential oil to one ounce (2 tablespoons) of carrier oil.
A carrier oil, or base oil, is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. Carrier oils do not contain an aroma, but depending on what kind of oil is used, they may have an astringent or moisturizing effect, and are loaded with vitamins, fatty acids, and lots of other beneficial nutrients that may have similar benefits as essential oils for anti-aging skin care.*
Remember that essential oils should not be used directly on the skin, therefore you need a carrier oil to dilute them. Some examples of carrier oils are sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and avocado oil.
But even if you aren’t feeling the creative urge to try your hand at formulating your own concoction of essential oils for anti-aging skin care, having some basic knowledge about the benefits that different essential oils provide is useful when choosing a store-bought product.
Always remember that essential oils, regardless of their many benefits and incredible aromas, are highly potent. Knowledge is key when dealing with essential oils and choosing the ones that provide the benefits you’re seeking.
Since essential oils are actually highly concentrated forms of the plant, flower, etc., for some people, using them at full strength can be harmful. Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with highly sensitive skin should use about half the recommended amounts.
For everyone, remember that less is more when it comes to using essential oils for anti-aging skin care.
Go here for more information on how to use therapeutic essential oils for anti-aging skin care. Purchase the essential oils mentioned in this article, plus carrier oils, below.
–by Veronica Roman
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.