The 8 Best Essential Oils for Wrinkles and Skin Care
That smell! It was....incredible! It was like....fields of flowers on a summer day, warm, herbaceous, yellow. I followed my nose....
It was a fancy French skincare store, and I walked in...because of that smell. It was DELICIOUS, and they touted their products as being 95% natural (which is pretty good). They use essential oils in their products, and one of the most powerful of these was something called Helichrysum essential oil.
The problem: This place was WAY out of my price range. Like CRAZY out of line. It's just incredible what women (and men) will spend on products when they can make their own! Because of this experience, I became intrigued with using essential oils to help improve the appearance of my own skin, and I began experimenting and researching.
Inexplicable things happen to your face as you become a middle aged woman. Like, your skin becomes saggy; wrinkles become prominent; your eyelids hang down a bit (or, a lot). You suddenly have deep smile lines! Your cheeks even seem to droop. Your chest even wrinkles! Not to mention---the turkey neck. It's easy to start obsessing over these things.
Let's be real. These changes in our appearances are inevitable. Change in and of itself is inevitable. Getting older, and therefore experiencing that older appearance WILL happen. It's how you handle aging that counts.
I want to laugh (without worrying about my smile lines)! I want to cry if I need to (without worrying about ruining my eyes). I want to go out in the sunshine and get that Vitamin D (without worrying that my skin will turn into a wrinkled prune). I want to live my life, and I really do want to age gracefully, not stupidly.
The Fact Remains: We All Want to Look as Good as We Can!
Check out a few of these fun tidbits of advice I've either gotten or read to help avoid wrinkles and look your best into middle age:
- Don't smile. Try to remain expressionless (like the woman who hasn't smiled in 40 years).
- Use incredibly expensive creams, many times a day.
- Stay calm, and don't stress.
- Stop exercising.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Don't lose weight.
- Lose weight.
- Use botox and get fillers.
- Don't wash your face.
Yeah. Right. Don't these just make you laugh? I'm serious! I've heard or read all of them! The media is KILLER on us poor middle-agers.
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Using Essential Oils to Keep Your Skin Healthy
While acknowledging that my skin will change and IS changing as I age, there are some things I can do to help improve the process, or slow it down a bit---without going crazy and spending money I don't have. The best of these ways I've found is using essential oils effectively. Here is a list of my favorite essential oils for skin health and anti-aging and how to use them:
1) Helichrysum Essential Oil:
Yep. The same essential oil found in that line of French skin care product. Also called "Everlasting" and "Immortal Flower," it helps rejuvenate aging skin by increasing cell turnover. It's also incredibly soothing and healing. Helichrysum is clinically shown to help reduce age spots, scars, and wrinkles, too.
Here's how I use Helichrysum essential oil: I use one drop in my normal moisturizer every evening. It smells so good, and that one tiny drop really works!
One caveat about Helichrysum essential oil: It is expensive to purchase a good quality (and why would you want a poor quality oil?).
2) Frankincense Essential Oil:
This is my next favorite essential oil for the skin. Frankincense increases skin cell growth, improves elasticity, and reduces signs of aging (age spots). It improves the firmness of the skin on your hands and face, too.
Here's how I use Frankincense essential oil: I use a very high quality Frankincense from doTerra because I prefer to use it neat (without dilution) on the tops of my hands. I also use a drop in the morning and a drop in the evening in my moisturizer for my face. I've actually used it directly on my face and under my eyes, too, but I think it works really well when combined with a natural (or nearly natural) moisturizer.
Frankincense essential oil is not as pricey as Helichrysum essential oil, but it is still very expensive, in my opinion. It's worth it, though.
Keep in mind: Quality essential oils are expensive, and that is because of how much plant matter is required to create even a small amount of essential oil. Add to that the type of process used to obtain the essential oil, the purity of the essential oil, and other factors. I'd rather spend a bit more and be on the safe side, myself. Adding your own essential oils to products you make or purchase is still a LOT less expensive than that French skincare store!
3) Lavender Essential Oil:
My third favorite essential oil for helping combat wrinkles is Lavender essential oil. It's not nearly as expensive as the first two oils, either! Just be sure, once again, you are buying a quality essential oil, without additives or chemicals.
Lavender contains a high level of anti-oxidants that nourish your skin and help fight free radicals that cause skin damage. It also soothes and helps perk up tired skin.
Another way lavender helps your skin is in a rather round-about way. Since it is proven to reduce emotional stress and anxiety, it helps keep you calm. When you are calm and happy, your skin will be happier, too---and be less likely to age more quickly than it should. Lavender also helps you sleep, which helps your skin as well.
How I use Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils to add to my soaps. I can add a slightly greater amount because it's less expensive than the first two oils. Another way I use lavender is I rub it into my temples and around my hairline before I go to sleep at night.
4) Patchouli Essential Oil:
You either love or hate the smell of Patchouli. I am a person, luckily, who loves it. I have even been known to dab it on here and there as a perfume! Just call me Hippy Lady.
Whether or not you love or hate Patchouli essential oil, the fact remains it is great for your skin. Most notably, it is anti-inflammatory and helps prevent photo-aging (skin damage from the sun).
How I use Patchouli Essential Oil: Because of its strong scent, I do use it judiciously in skin creams. However, it is one of my most common additives in the soaps and cleansers I make. I'll use a drop in my body creams, though.
5) Rose Essential Oil:
I'll admit---I love Rose essential oil, but I don't use it because it is way out of my price range. However, if you can afford it, it's a fabulous essential oil to use to combat aging skin. Brands touting "pure, undiluted" rose essential oil that are not very expensive are fibbing. Please be sure you know your ingredients.
Rose essential oil helps keep your skin moist, and helps the elasticity of your skin. It also may encourage new cell growth, reduces inflammation on the skin, and protects the skin from free radicals. Rose essential oil also smells insanely and amazingly wonderful!
6) Rosemary Essential Oil:
Based on my research, Rosemary essential oil can help combat wrinkles and help firm up your skin. It's great for circulation, too. However, I would not use Rosemary essential oil on overly dry skin, because it helps reduce excess oils on the skin as well. It's really great for oily skin or skin with acne. If you are a maturing person and are dealing with excess oil or acne, you might want to try adding a drop of Rosemary essential oil to your regimen.
7) Lemon Essential Oil:
Lemon essential oil is great for helping prevent wrinkles because it can aid in exfoliating the skin. It also contains a very high amount of Vitamin C, which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
If you are going to use Lemon essential oil on your skin, just be aware that it is photo-toxic. This means that it can burn your skin if you go out in the sun with it on. Therefore, do not use it in your creams during the daytime.
If you like, just add a drop to your nighttime moisture or cleansing routine.
8) Carrot Seed Oil:
Carrot Seed Oil can be used either as an essential oil or in carrier oil form. Either way, it is fantastic to use on your skin. It smooths and repairs the outer layer of your skin, and has a high level of flavonoids, which help with inflammation. Carrot seed oil smells REALLY strong, though, and a little tiny amount goes a very long way.
I have used this in the past, and I like it! I'm not currently using it, however, after writing this and being reminded of how great it is, I think I'll be adding it back in!
Recipe for a Skincare Night Serum
Here's a recipe I use and really like. Making your own skin care products is a wonderful thing because you have total control over what you want to go in them!
So, here is my base recipe, and feel free to add in more or less of the essential oils in it, or even make up your very own recipe! The way I look at it, these essential oils are just plain good for your skin, so no matter what you use, they'll be helping out, right? Anyway, here is my Serum Recipe:
AND, if you are not into DIY, you might want to try this serum from L'Occitane---a representative assured me they are 95% natural/organic, and I have loved their products in the past, when I was working. However, you really CAN make a great serum on your own!
10 drops Frankincense essential oil
8 drops Patchouli essential oil
5 to 8 drops Helichrysum essential oil
5 drops Lemon essential oil
2 drops Rosemary essential oil
2 to 5 drops Carrot Seed oil
Using a 10 mL container, add the essential oils first.
Then, using one of the carrier oils above, or a combination of two or all four, fill the remainder of the bottle.
Shake gently before using.
Smooth a few drops over your skin in the evenings. Your face will LOVE you!
How to Find a Quality Essential Oil Company
(Note: The links in the article above are to Amazon, and I've tried to be sure they are all decent quality essential oils.)
I admit. Like many, I was taken in by the big MLM (Multi-marketing or network marketing) companies. Although their essential oil products are fantastic, they want you to believe they are the ONLY best ones to buy, and I have since discovered through months of research---this is not true.
There are five criteria I use to ascertain if an essential oil brand is good enough for me to use with my family: 1) They use third party testing; 2) They have at least some organic options; 3) Is their an education proponent to their website; 3) Do they have a Kid-safe line or at least specify which are ok for kids to use?; 4) NOT an MLM--as I just think they are over-priced; 5) Are they reasonably priced but still high quality?
Here are my favorite brands I have found that meet these criteria: Plant Therapy, Rocky Mountain Oils, and Organic Aromas. I especially love Organic Aromas nebulizers for diffusing. They are the best I've found.
Final Thoughts on Using Essential Oils in Your Skin Care---
When you look at the ingredients in very expensive creams, you will find essential oils. That's because they work! I am a believer in making my own, though, and I don't want to spend the money these inflatedly expensive creams cost....so I use a quality, mostly natural (or all natural if I can find one--or make my own) cream and add my own essential oils. Doing it this way gives you a more powerful bang for the financial buck, PLUS you have an amazing product that is likely a GREAT deal better than anything you could buy.
Have you tried making your own facial products? I'd sure love to hear your experiences with this! And if you have a recipe or combination you love, please share it with us in the comments!
Hugs & Self-Reliance,
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Disclaimer: Using essential oils appears to be a simple, safe, and effective way to combat aging and improve health. However, essential oils are very powerful, and people respond differently to them since they are plant substances. If you have allergies or sensitive skin, you should speak to a doctor first. I am not a medical doctor, and the statements made in this article, elsewhere on my website, and in any publication of mine are simply my personal opinions based on experience and study and are for informational purposes only. In no manner, stated or implied is any statement made herein meant to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure any health issue. Please seek medical attention from a doctor. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.