As we age, our skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic. This makes it weaker: it is easy to damage it, and after all that time it will heal longer and longer.
In addition, the skin begins to sag when the production of collagen and elastin (these substances responsible for the strength and elasticity of the skin) decreases. And the sebaceous glands decrease with age, and the skin dries from insufficient moisture.
Hydration is needed for skin to shrink and elasticize (this happens when we smile, wrinkle, etc. ).
Essential oils provide moisture to the skin, restoring its natural elasticity.
Here are the best essential oils for wrinkles:
- Lemon, neroli, and other citrus oils contain citral, a powerful antioxidant and a source of vitamin C.
- Sandalwood oil contains sesquiterpene compounds that promote the production of growth hormone by the pituitary and hypothalamus.
- Clary sage oil gives skin a more taut and smooth appearance, tightening open pores.
- Incense oil protects cells and stimulates new cell growth; great for treating eczema.
- Carrot seed oil also promotes cell growth.
- Lavender oil moisturizes the skin perfectly and stimulates blood flow to the skin tissues.
- Geranium oil stimulates blood flow and hydrates the skin.
- Sapphire oil protects the skin from bacteria, fungi and inflammation.
- Myrrh oil slows down skin aging due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Ylang-ylang oil restores skin cells, increases elasticity and smoothes fine wrinkles.
- Rose oil moisturizes the skin by restoring cell membranes.
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- Grape seed oil contains many lipids, phenols, essential fatty acids, vitamin E and proanthocyanidins that promote skin rejuvenation.
- Apricot kernel oil contains omega-6 and vitamin A, making it an excellent moisturizer and antioxidant.
- Sweet almond oil is traditionally used in massage; it penetrates deep into the skin thanks to the essential oleic and linoleic fatty acids contained in it.
- Avocado oil is rich in vitamins (especially antioxidant vitamin E) and essential fatty acids.
- Rosehip seed oil contains many essential fatty acids and beta-carotene, promoting scar healing and skin rejuvenation.
- Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid.
- Jojoba oil prevents aging and moisturizes the skin.
Other skin -friendly essential oils
- Coconut oil is good not only for hair but also for skin. It softens and moisturizes the skin, cleanses the pores, and also helps with acne and eczema, as it has a strong anti-inflammatory effect.
- Argan oil is extracted from the grains of the iron tree, which only grows in Morocco. These oils are high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids (omega -3, -6 and -9).
How to use essential oils for wrinkles
Whatever oils and recipes you use, remember the basic rules:
- Breeding. To apply the oil on your face, add a few drops of essential oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil. For a 2% solution (suitable for most daily skin treatments and care), add 12 drops of essential oil to 30 ml of base oil.
- Skin test. Before applying the oil solution to your face, apply a little on your wrists to make sure there are no allergic reactions. The skin on the wrist has the same sensitivity as on the face, but it can be hidden from peeping eyes and sunlight under clothing.
- Use a small amount. Essential oils have a high fat content, so a very small amount will suffice. Oil is not easy to wash off, so take only as much as it fits on your fingers.
- Protect your eyes. Be careful not to get the essential oil in your eyes as it is very concentrated. Since the most noticeable wrinkles usually form around the eyes, make sure they are tightly closed during treatment.