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Using essential oils for skin care can help prevent and even erase the damage that time inflicts, leaving you looking as young as you feel. And, trust us, this isn’t hocus-pocus stuff. It’s backed by science! A common thread in the evidence about using essential oils for skin care often centers on their ability to cleanse your skin (from the inside-out) of harmful pathogens. According to a recent study, “Of the 98 essential oils recommended for dermatological use, 88 are endorsed for treating skin infections. Of these, 73 are used for bacterial infections, 49 specifically for acne, 34 for fungal infections, and 16 for viral infections.” (1)

All of these infections contribute to eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin, acne, and other skin conditions, which is why it’s super important to consider using essential oils to enjoy healthy skin!

Go to a drugstore skincare aisle and count the number of anti-aging products on the shelves. There’s no doubt that consumers are looking for anti-aging tips – a way to turn back the clock. The more we uncover natural health and Abundant Life “secrets,” though, the more we know that a simple product isn’t all that we really need or even want.

Anti-Aging Skin Factors

Aging is not just how you look – there’s a whole aging process occurring in your body. On the one hand, it’s an important process that everyone is going to undergo. On the other hand, outside factors can significantly speed the process of aging, especially on your skin. As the skin ages, the layers of tissue and cells that form that firm, clear, youthful skin begin to thin. This contributes to the sagging, wrinkled, more translucent skin of old age. It can also affect healing and display other kinds of damage, like age spots. (2)

While this process is going to occur to some extent in every person, there are factors that will speed it up, including:

You may also find that heavy stress levels make you age prematurely, as well. By changing the way we take care of our skin with essential oils for skin, we can actually affect the aging process itself.

Top 4 Essential Oils For Skin Care

While good DIY body care products make a major difference in nourishing and protecting your skin from the effects of aging, there are a few very specific essential oils for skin that work well in skin treatments and anti-aging formulations.

Use these essential oils for skin in your normal body care products or as specific anti-aging oils to complement efforts to improve skin health and slow the aging process.

Power Antioxidant Essential Oils

Free radicals (unstable atoms resulting from oxidative stress) wreak havoc on the body and are associated with a wide range of diseases like cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Free radicals are also linked to aging. One way to reverse this damage is to combat stress naturally and load up on antioxidants, which help keep free radicals in check. Three essential oils with strong antioxidant properties are basil, oregano, lower and thyme.

In 2006, basiloregano, and thyme essential oils were evaluated for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (3). Thyme oil exhibited exceptional antioxidant ability possibly due to “different mechanisms, such as prevention of chain initiation, decomposition of peroxides, prevention of continued hydrogen abstraction, free-radical scavenging (4), reducing capacity, and binding of transition metal ion catalysts (5).

In addition, antimicrobial activity was tested against six fungi and 13 bacterial strains. The most effective antibacterial properties were found in oregano essential oil. Even on multi-resistant strains of pneumonia and E. coli!

Significant antifungal activity was found in all three oils examined, and they also help fight the infection that is prevalent on acne-prone skin, Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes).

Of course, don’t just put a dab of oregano on your skin – you’ll burn your face! You’ll need to heavily dilute with a safe carrier oil to use these essential oils for skin care.

Application: To treat a pimple or an acne outbreak, try mixing 2 drops each of basil, oregano, and thyme essential oils with 1 ounce of jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil (a good choice for dry skin types) and dab on the blemish.

1. Helichrysum Oil

Though helichrysum is also named immortelle for its long-lasting blooms, the name bodes well for its ability to combat aging. True to expectations, helichrysum essential oil is widely used in anti-aging skin care regimens because it promotes healthy, glowing skin.

The benefits of helichrysum essential oil are said to occur at a cellular level, restoring the cell structures that spread and thin with age. It can also help repair dry, damaged skin linked to eczema, psoriasis & skin disease. A precious and usually pricey oil, but worth it to find and enjoy genuine helichrysum.

Application: Because of the price, helichrysum is best added as an ingredient within your natural skin care products such as a cream or serum. Usually for small applications like the face (especially for mature skin), a small scar, or eczema flare-ups.

Learn more about helichrysum essential oil here.

2. Rosemary Oil

We know rosemary essential oil is a good choice for general skincare and hair health, and for anti-aging ability, we can sneak some extra benefits from rosemary essential oil.

A study in 2007 took rosemary and lavender oils and tested its effects via inhalation. After simply breathing in the oil, participants were found to have lowersafe cortisol levels and better free radical scavenging antioxidant levels. 6)

What does that mean for skin?

Free radical damage is a big part of the appearance of aging, and stress – manifested in high cortisol levels – can exacerbate it. Same with eczema and psoriasis flare-ups!

Application: Diffuse 3 drops of orange oil throughout the day for a mood-lifting, stress-busting delight. Can also be added to your DIY daily body care regimen.

Learn more about rosemary essential oil here.

3. Geranium Oil

The delicacy of floral oils can be misleading – they are strong and effective in so many different situations! Geranium essential oil, specifically rose geranium, is another of the essential oils for glowing, ageless skin that finds its way into skincare to combat aging.

One good indication of geranium’s anti-aging abilities is that it’s anti-inflammatory. Tested in the lab for its efficacy against swelling, rose geranium was confirmed as a strong enough anti-inflammatory compound that pharmaceutical companies are digging to be able to exploit. (7)

Keeping inflammation at bay helps to keep skin strong and resilient even while moving into the golden years. This is a great addition to natural skin care products if you have mature skin or sensitive skin.

Application: Include geranium essential oil in daily use DIY skin care products

Learn more about geranium essential oil here.

4. Lavender Oil

Another oil with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties, lavender is a safeof go-to for restorative skin treatments. In fact, lavender is an excellent example of whole body health, affecting the aging process from direct skin treatments to indirect calming benefits that ultimately impact skin health.

Whether topical for healing and rejuvenation, ingested and diffused in our favorite essential oil diffuser for anxiety and stress (that ultimately damages health and skin), or inhaled with rosemary for stress and antioxidants, lavender is always a good choice.

See how Mama Z uses lavender essential oil in her healing skin serum recipe.

Application: Keep lavender on hand as an addition to most DIY applications of essential oils for skin care. Its versatility is hardly matched – you’ll be glad you invested in a good lavender oil!

Learn more about lavender essential oil here.

How to Take Care of Damaged, Aging Skin

Since time can’t be avoided entirely, we’ll all deal with aging skin at some point. Caring for our skin well is an important part of aging gracefully. Remember to:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure
  • Use a non-toxic sunscreen
  • Use natural body care products
  • Stay hydrated
  • Moisturize regularly
  • Minimize stress
  • Minimize external toxin exposure

It’s also important to manage other health conditions that may contribute to problems with the skin. Diabetes, obesity, circulatory issues, inflammatory illness, and stress are all major contributors to skin damage and poor aging.

Take care of yourself – mind and body – to make the most of your DIY essential oils for skin care products!

Anti-Aging Essential Oils for Skin Care

You can add skin-healing essential oils to any DIY skincare product, maximizing the antioxidant and rejuvenating effects. But for a simple essential oil blend to moisturize the skin, start with a healing carrier oil.

Jojoba is one of the most renowned oils for anti-aging, restorative effects. In a 2013 review, researchers summarized that “jojoba has anti-inflammatory effect[s] and it can be used on a variety of skin conditions including skin infections, skin aging, as well as wound healing.”(8)

Combine about 1% essential oil ratio with your carrier oil of choice. Try any combination of oils like:

Be sure to respect individual oils’ dermal recommendations! Some, like Ylang Ylang, may require less than 1% to be used to avoid skin complications. Experiment with your favorite fragrances and blends to create a one of a kind essential oil application with an anti-aging, pampering result.

Safety Note About Using EOs on Skin

Regarding skin care articles that you may see on popular blogs, there are so many errors out there that I stopped reading them. Most writers lack a basic understanding of chemistry and about how essential oils should be used.

Here’s some common advice you’ll see in the blogosphere:

  1. Simply mix essential oils with any carrier oil and massage into your face.
  2. Dilute essential oils with water and then apply on skin.
  3. Add essential oils to your regular face mask by adding a “few” drops.

Here’s what’s wrong with this ill-advised guidance:

  1. First off, when applying essential oils on the skin great care should be taken as they will burn the epidermis if not diluted properly (at most 1% dilution – 6 drops per 1 ounce of carrier). Also, not just any carrier should be used. Some carrier oils will cause breakouts on certain skin types (coconut oil should not be used on oily skin, for example).
  2. Water doesn’t dilute essential oils. This is basic chemistry that any one should know: water and oils don’t mix. These types of errors discredit the entire piece and give people a sense of warning that the rest of the information is false or unsafe.
  3. Telling people to “add a few drops” to a face mask can cause burns if not diluted properly, especially if caustic (“hot”) oils like oregano or thyme are used.

Please be careful when using essential oils on your skin. Always dilute, and take extra caution when applying on your face.



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