Posted on Nov 03, 2018, 12 a.m.
There’s nothing nice about signs of aging, especially premature aging. Skin loses suppleness and elasticity which is characterized by the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Factors such as sun damage, toxic beauty products, stress, smoking, and alcohol consumption also age the body and mind to age you.
There are natural methods and products that can help to reduce the appearance of premature aging such as wrinkles and sun spots. Essential oils are a staple due to the plethora of benefits they carry for many reasons including reducing the appearance of aging skin.
Argan Oil can help to combat drying effects that aging has on the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving skin elasticity to promote more youthful appearance. Argan oil also works wonders on cracked heels. Argan oil has been shown to improve elasticity of skin in postmenopausal women with use daily for 2 months.
Carrot seed oil helps to protect the skin from the effects of environmental aging. This oil is a great source of carotenoids and flavonoids that help to prevent inflammation, regenerate vitamins A and E to repair damaged skin and protect from sun damage and other free radicals.
Clary sage oil has astringent properties that encourage a refreshed look as it reduces sagging around the eyes along with reducing dark circles and fine lines.
Frankincense oil encourages the growth of new cells and addresses age spots, sun spots, and splotchiness, along with evening out skin tone and boosting skin elasticity while tightening the skin.
Pomegranate oil has been shown to help reduce oxidative stress and prevent formation of wrinkles. It is a rich source of antioxidants that helps protect skin against free radical and encourages new skin cell regeneration; while the vitamin C content can stimulate production of collagen to increase skin elasticity.
Rose oil brightens up dull aging skin by stimulating blood flow to the skin encouraging collagen production to promote a more youthful complexion.
Rosehip seed oil is a great source of vitamin C and the essential fatty acids oleic, gamma linolenic acid, and linoleic; the combination boosts collagen production to help prevent any signs of premature aging.
It is important to take a few things into consideration when using essential oils to counter the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 1) Always do a patch test to see how the skin reacts to check for symptoms of allergic reaction. 2) Always use a carrier oil to make the product last longer and reduce risk of irritation. Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and almond oil work very well as carrier oils. 3) Always opt to use high quality, natural, and 100% pure essential oils.
Essential oils can be useful in beauty routines, but there are other easy ways to help ensure aging as gracefully as possible such as staying hydrated, using sunscreen to help protect from excessive sun exposure, minimize exposure to stressful environments, not smoking, following a healthy well balanced diet, and maintaining an active lifestyle.
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