Like all the other organs, the skin is also affected by the passage of time. As skin ages, its renewing process slows down, among many other biological changes. Researchers however, think that we can stimulate the skin to repair itself naturally. One very efficient way to do so is through the use of essential oils for wrinkles.
Anti-aging remedies are always a favorite topic among women (and some men too). In this article, you’ll find out about:
- The way aging affects the skin, besides the obvious signs, of course.
- How to reduce wrinkles and prevent or delay their appearance with essential oils. Learn more about the way these aromatic essences can help your skin.
- The best essential oils for face wrinkles and not only. With pros and cons and other Aromatherapy oils to use for this purpose. Make sure you also read the safety note. It is there to help you enjoy all the benefits of the oils and none of their potential side effects. This is also the section you’ll be learning about the best carrier oils for wrinkle reduction and prevention.
- Types of wrinkles on the face (and body), recipes and tips for each. Depending on what area you’re targeting, you can find the proper treatment.
- Tips for a better skin care routine for mature skin.
Best Essential Oils for Wrinkles (Firmness, Elasticity and Regeneration)
Bonus: Best Carrier Oils for Wrinkles (Benefits)
Unfortunately, the passage of time and gravity don’t forgive anybody. The first starts to gradually slow down certain functions and processes, like collagen production. Gravity pulls the body downwards, which in time becomes weaker and stops resisting.
The effects of gravity can’t be prevented or delayed. But we can delay the aging of skin and strengthen the body to face gravity better. Of course, diet plays an important role in the latter.
Foods rich in antioxidants are the best at delaying intrinsic (internal) aging. Luckily, extrinsic or external aging can be delayed with topical treatments.
The skin can repair and build itself. Researchers think that we can stimulate this process with natural ingredients. They need to be very potent to achieve good results. Some of the best and potent beauty ingredients are essential oils.
They can be found and used with a lot of ease, by almost everybody. They can also be incorporated in daily moisturizers and make them more efficient. Studies show that immediately after application, moisturizers can reduce fine lines by 15 – 20%.
Before getting deeper into the benefits of a good oil for wrinkles, let’s see how aging affects the skin:
- Cell renewal (turnover) slows down.
- Old (and dead) cells (corneocytes) accumulate in the skin layer and give it a dull aspect.
- The latter leads to dryness, the perfect environment for wrinkle formation.
- The skin gets thinner.
- Collagen and elastin production decreases. These two enzymes keep the skin firm and elastic.
- Bone structure starts to become weak. This leads to physical changes (lower cheek bones or jaw). The skin must then adapt, which may lead to sagging.
- In women, sebum production decreases when menopause starts. The sebum also maintains the skin elastic and moisturized.
How Can Essential Oils Help Reduce Wrinkles?
First off, an essential oil is the essence of a plant distilled with steam. Citrus essential oils can also be mechanically pressed. This method yields phototoxic essences. It means you should not expose yourself to the sun after using one.
These aromatic oils are produced in special plant cells. They’re there to protect the plant from adverse conditions. Once they’re extracted into concentrated essential oils, their role in human health continues to be one of protection.
What is the best essential oil for wrinkles? The best oil needs to have the following attributes:
- Tone up and condition muscles and tissue.
- Boost collagen and elastin production. This ability helps reverse some of the effects of time and delay premature aging.
- Protect from infections and inflammation. Chronic inflammation damages the tissue and leaves marks behind (see acne scars.)
- Soothe itching, redness and irritation.
- Help the skin regenerate faster and better.
- Deliver nutrients to the skin and prevent dryness.
- Improve blood circulation, which also feeds the cells with nutrients and oxygen. It is easier for the cells to function properly when they have everything they need.
- Strengthen the protective barrier of the skin.
Luckily, all essential oils can help with at least half of this list of benefits. Still, some of them are truly the best at reducing wrinkles and tightening the skin.
Speaking of which, it is time to know our top best anti-aging essential oils for face and body. I’ve chosen four different Aromatherapy oils for wrinkles. I did so mainly because each has specific benefits. When blended together, we get a very potent anti-aging serum.
So, some of the best essential oils for wrinkles are:
- Green Myrtle,
- Rose Geranium
- And Turmeric.
I’ll take each one and talk about their pros and cons, and why I like them. You’ll also get other suggestions, in case you want to replace the oil or you don’t have it at the moment. This is a guide for picking the right beauty ingredients for your anti-aging blends.
1) Green Myrtle Essential Oil for Firm Skin
Botanical name: Myrtus communis.
- Green Myrtle is among the best essential oils to reduce wrinkles. It has strong toning and astringent effects that help the skin stay more firm.
- The oil of Green Myrtle can close the pores and contract small blood vessels. It can also speed up the closing of cracks in the skin.
- It has good antibacterial and antiviral properties too.
- Green Myrtle also improves circulation. It helps the blood deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
- Make sure you buy the green variety, not the red or lemon myrtle. They’re all different products, with different benefits and effects.
- People with asthma and epilepsy/seizures must seek medical counsel before using it.
- Avoid using Green Myrtle internally or for a long time. It may cause toxicity to the liver or kidneys.
- It has cortisone-like effects.
Green Myrtle substitutes: Rose Geranium, Frankincense, Cinnamon, etc.
Why I like it:
Although very good as anti-aging ingredient, Green Myrtle is also useful at relieving coughs. Its effects can also stimulate the production of thyroid hormones. Myrtle oil can be used for deep wrinkles as well.
2) Helichrysum Essential Oil for Elastic Skin
Botanical name: Helichrysum italicum.
- Skin elasticity can be improved with the help of Helichrysum or Immortelle. The oil can stimulate collagen production. It can do so by inducing a forced natural answer from the skin. This answer can mean a younger skin aspect.
- Helichrysum essential oil can be used for deep wrinkles or expression wrinkles.
- The oil is very good at improving the microcirculation, in particular. It can also prevent and improve the aspect of hematomas.
- Immortelle is great for scars too, making it one of the best essential oils for wrinkles and age spots.
- The oil also has anti-inflammatory properties. They help maintain the skin in good condition.
- The oil of Helichrysum should not be used with anticoagulant medication.
- It should also be avoided if the menstruation is too heavy.
Helichrysum substitutes: Cistus, Lemon, holy Basil.
Why I like it:
Helichrysum is one very good Aromatherapy oil for wrinkles of all kinds. It is especially good for scars and hematomas. But it can also soothe muscle spasms and prevent viral infections.
3) Rose Geranium Essential Oil for Skin Regeneration
Botanical name: Pelargonium graveolens/asperum/roseum.
- Rose Geranium essential oil can speed up cell regeneration. This makes it possible to delay the onset of skin aging and prevent the formation of many expression wrinkles.
- Rose Geranium is another great oil for wrinkles because it also has astringent effects.
- Rose Geranium can protect from infections and inflammation. Thus, it can prevent further skin damage.
- It is also anti-inflammatory and can speed up tissue repair.
- People with asthma and epilepsy/seizures should talk to a doctor first.
- Avoid using more than 20% of this oil in your skin care blends.
Rose Geranium substitutes: Ho Wood, Rosewood, Sweet Orange, Myrrh, Helichrysum, Cistus.
Why I like it:
Rose Geranium oil is known and appreciated in mature skin care. On top of reducing wrinkles, this oil can also help control the levels of blood sugar.
4) Turmeric Essential Oil for Antioxidant Activity
Botanical name: Curcuma longa.
- The essential oil of Turmeric has very strong antioxidant effects. In mice, topical application inhibited the activity of free radicals. It was thus, concluded that the oil can protect the skin from UV radiation. This means that using Turmeric oil, you can delay the aging of cells.
- Turmeric is also a very good anti-inflammatory. It helps the skin repair and build itself naturally.
- It can also relieve pain.
- The oil is thought to have strong abortifacient properties. This makes it extremely dangerous for pregnant women.
- In high doses, it can also be toxic for the nervous system.
- Avoid using it without medical counsel if you suffer from asthma. The same goes for those suffering from epilepsy or seizures.
Turmeric substitutes: Thyme, Oregano, Cinnamon, Tea Tree, Rose, Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, etc.
Why I like it:
The oil of Turmeric is full of benefits. It can protect from tumors and relieve arthritis pain. It can also improve digestion among others. But its antioxidant effects make Turmeric one of the best essential oils for wrinkles.
Other essential oils good for wrinkles:
- Ylang Ylang
- Clove bud
- Ho Wood
All these Aromatherapy oils have good antioxidant effects. But they can also help the skin build and repair itself.
Is Frankincense good for wrinkles too, you might ask. Well, Frankincense essential oil is one of the best at delaying wrinkle formation. It can stimulate collagen production and fight off the effects of free radicals.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties because of some trace boswellic acids. It is also one of the best essential oils for deep wrinkles. Read more about Frankincense oil for wrinkles.
*Safety tips for using Aromatherapy oils to reduce wrinkles
- Always test your oils for allergic reactions. Simply apply a drop (mixed with carrier) on the inside of your forearm. Leave it there until the next day. If there’s no redness or itching, you can use the oil in moderate amounts. If you are extremely sensitive in general, apply small amounts of the oil daily, for 5 days. Only then you can be sure it’s safe to use.
- Avoid using any oil on children and elderly people without medical consultation.
- Pregnant women should use aroma oils only with the advice of a doctor. Their tiny active molecules are thought to penetrate the placenta.
- Breastfeeding women should also seek medical advice first. The oil molecules can be eliminated through maternal milk.
- People with asthma, seizures, epilepsy, diabetes, etc. have to talk to their doctor in advance. Some oils can interact with medications or induce seizures, among others.
- Avoid using the same essence for a long period of time. It’s best to change your anti-aging blends every month or so.
How to Use Essential Oils for Wrinkles
Aromatic oils are very concentrated. It usually takes tens or hundreds of kilos/pounds of plant material for a mere kilo (2.20 pounds) of essential oil. That’s why a few drops of essence are enough to have a strong impact on your skin.
The usual essential oil ratio for face blends is 6 drops per ounce of carrier. Depending on the essential oil used, it can be a bit more or less.
In Aromatherapy, all topical applications need to be done after mixing EOs with carriers. Why carriers? Carrier oils deliver many necessary essential fatty acids to the skin.
They are greasy by nature and spread well on large body areas. Mixing a few drops of essential oils for wrinkles into a carrier will help disperse them evenly. That will also dilute some of its power, because it’ll be spread.
Use massage movements on your face (and body) to help the blend get deep into the skin. Pull with your fingers towards the exterior or heart. A massage stimulates the blood circulation.
This helps fight wrinkles more efficiently and prevent some expression wrinkles. An anti-aging Aromatherapy massage is especially good for wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.
Skin dryness is a big wrinkle forming factor. If left untreated for too long, wrinkles will start forming faster and easier. Using carrier oils along with other good habits can treat dryness of the skin. And no, applying carriers to the skin won’t make the sebaceous glands lazy.
The sebaceous glands produce sebum. Its role is to protect and lubricate the skin. Their activity is tightly dependent on the activity of androgen hormones, like testosterone.
They can only become lazy and produce less and less sebum, if the androgens decrease. This does happen, but only after menopause hits.
Carrier (vegetable) oils are great at softening and improving the effects of aging on skin. They are:
- Extracted by mechanical pressure or cold press.
- They are pure and unrefined, with a fatty texture,
- Nourishing, moisturizing, protective and soothing.
- A great base for essential oil dilution.
Here are some of the best carrier oils for wrinkles, with details about their benefits:
- This oil is very rich in vitamin E and beta-carotene. These are two powerful antioxidants that can protect from UV rays. It is very good for a smooth and protected skin.
- An excellent anti-aging carrier, Argan contains vitamin E and squalene among others. It protects from sun damage (for a short period) and soothes the skin. It gives the skin its tonus back and moisturizes it deeply. It can also help speed up scar healing.
- This is one of the best carrier oils for wrinkles as it can protect from sun rays very well. It is rich in beta-carotene and provitamin A, which have great antioxidant properties. It can also help get a beautiful tan. Carrot oil maintains the skin supple and elastic.
- The reputation of this carrier precedes it. Rosehip has very good anti-aging effects. It nourishes dry and/or sensitive skin and also takes care of stretch marks and scars. It also contains retinol, which is used today for it firming effects. It also contains squalene, an acid found in the sebum and Olive oil. It is mostly responsible for sun protection and skin elasticity.
- The oil is able to promote healthy skin regeneration thanks to its content of GLA. (GLA = gamma linoleic acid). It is mostly used for dry to very dry skin types, and can prevent premature aging.
- Another great vegetable oil for deep wrinkles and not only. It can boost the activity of the cells and promote regeneration. It is very good at soothing skin conditions as it penetrates the skin easily. It is especially suited for dry or dehydrated mature skin, to prevent premature aging.
- This carrier oil contains about 60% omega 6 fatty acids (linoleic acid). This acid can’t be produced by the body but it needs it. It moisturizes deeply and contributes to the reconstruction of the skin. It also preserves water inside the cells. Prickly Pear contains vitamin E, too.
Different ways to use essential and carrier oils in your skin care routine:
- Carriers can be used to gently remove makeup. They also nourish the skin while cleaning it. Just make sure there’s no essential oil in it when you wipe off your eye makeup. It can irritate the eyes, among others.
- Add a few drops of aromatic oils to your favorite day or night lotion. Avoid citrus essences that have been mechanically pressed. They are phototoxic and in contact with UV light, they can cause your skin damage.
- Apply weekly or monthly skin care masks with essential oils for wrinkles. Don’t shy away from carriers and clay. I will give you a super easy recipe soon.
It’s important to keep in mind that carrier oils can be comedogenic or non-comedogenic. The right oil for your skin type can make wonders, whereas the wrong one may make matters worse. Don’t apply “dry” and thin oils on a dry skin, for example.
Or a very thick oil like Borage, on acne prone skin types. Read more about it here. No matter which one you choose, you can add whatever essential oil for wrinkles you like.
Face and Body Wrinkle Improvement Recipes, plus Tips
The face is the most exposed body part for which we all strive to keep in top shape. That is why most women and interested men go for all sorts of beauty treatments.
Most creams and therapies have been developed for facial improvement. Unfortunately, though less visible, the body also ages.
Luckily though, the same good hygiene and lifestyle that allows you to have a beautiful complexion can help you keep the rest of the skin toned.
Of course, for the body there is also physical exercise. It keeps everything working and well-stretched, speeds up metabolism, gives you energy, etc.
Next, you’ll get some tips and recipes for the various places on the body where wrinkles are most visible.
Essential Oils for Forehead Wrinkles
Forehead wrinkles are expression wrinkles and in time, they become deep wrinkles. They are static, thus you’ll always find them horizontally.
The smooth skin above and between the eyebrows has many names. It is most commonly known as frown lines, glabella or lion wrinkles. The latter actually comes from the French les rides du lion. These are vertical and round shaped. They give a face a serious, almost severe expression.
The best essential oils for forehead wrinkles need to be able to make the skin smooth and plump.
You can use:
- Green Myrtle
- Rose Geranium
Beauty Serum Recipe for Forehead and Frown Wrinkles
- Green Myrtle essential oil: 3 drops
- Rose Otto (essential oil): 2 drops
- Turmeric essential oil: 3 drops
- Rosehip seed oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix these oils well and shake the blend before each use. Apply on a clean, damp skin every night.
The beauty of DIY anti-aging recipes is that you can take care of many problems at once. You can use a blend for forehead wrinkles, another for the crow’s feet, and so on.
Essential Oils for Wrinkles around the Eyes (Crow’s Feet)
These wrinkles are also expression wrinkles and can become very deep. They form at the corner of each eye, after contracting those muscles regularly, for years.
Unfortunately, they’re inevitable as the body expresses through the eye muscles daily. But if you apply a gentle blend around the eyes twice daily, you can delay their formation.
Some of the best essential oils for crow’s feet are:
- Tea Tree
These are also some of the best essential oils for skin tightening, especially citrus oils. As a word of caution though, never use more than a drop of these oils per teaspoon of carrier.
In fact, essential oils for wrinkles around the eyes are optional. Aromatherapy oils can irritate them or cause watery eyes. Carriers alone can do a great job.
Some of the best carriers for wrinkles around the eyes are:
- Sweet Almond
- Wheat Germ
Anti-Crow’s Feet Aroma Recipe
- Sweet Almond oil: ½ Oz (15 ml)
- Avocado oil: ½ Oz (15 ml)
- Frankincense essential oil (optional): 1 drop
Give it a good shake before use and apply a moderate amount around the eyes. Use circular motions, starting from the inside of the eye, towards the exterior. This article contains more tips and recipes for the area around the eyes.
Don’t forget to stop squinting too!
Essential Oils for Wrinkles around the Mouth
With age, other expression wrinkles can become very deep. These wrinkles around the mouth and nose are known as smile or laugh lines.
The skin around the mouth and nose is very much like the one around the eyes. There are also the vertical wrinkles around the lips (lip or barcode wrinkles).
They can be prevented by controlling habits like frowning your lips. But at best, they can only be delayed. At an advanced age, they’ll still show up though.
Some of the best essential oils for wrinkles around the mouth can be:
- Rose Geranium
Aroma Recipe for Wrinkles around the Mouth
- Argan oil: ½ Oz (15 ml)
- Prickly Pear oil: ½ Oz (15 ml)
- Turmeric essential oil: 3 drops
- Rose Geranium essential oil: 3 drops
Apply a moderate amount around the mouth, on all wrinkles and massage gently to relieve tension. A massage will also help de-contract the muscles and smoothen out the skin.
Essential Oils for Wrinkles on the Back of the Hands, Neck and Body
The neck is another part of the body that’s constantly exposed to weather and UV radiation. Luckily, a bit of sun protection daily and a good moisturizer can do real wonders for the neckline.
Also, your hands go through a lot, many times a day. From dishwashing to removing snow from the alley, the back of the hands are always affected. The cold, the sun, harsh detergents, pollution, dryness and others cau cause those unaesthetic wrinkles.
Unfortunately, the hands don’t get as much attention as the face does. As soon as you start giving them more attention, their appearance will improve. The same happens with the rest of the body. Those wrinkles however, will never compare to the most exposed areas.
Some of the best essential oils for wrinkles on hands, neck and body need to protect from sun radiation and dryness.
You can use:
- Ho Wood
- Ylang Ylang
These are all great essential oils for wrinkles, but they don’t offer sun protection. The best carriers for sun protection are of course Coconut and Olive, with SPF 8. Sesame is also known to block 30% of the UV rays.
Neckline Aromatherapy Recipe
- Coconut oil: 2 teaspoons
- Ho Wood essential oil: 4 drops
- Sandalwood essential oil: 4 drops
Apply a moderate amount of this blend on a clean, damp skin. Make sure your massage is going upwards to counter a bit the effects of gravity.
Tips for a Better Skin Care Routine
You probably already have a good skin care routine, but tips and advices are never enough. Especially not when it comes to skin care and beauty. Check out this list too, maybe there’s something in it to draw your attention:
- Avoid using large amounts of oils, not in blends and not on the skin either. The skin will only use as much as it needs. Any excess will simply give you an oily look.
- Make sure you don’t get oil in your eyes. If you do, simply wipe off the excess and don’t use water. Oil and water don’t mix, so the water will only push the oil deeper into the eye.
- Pay attention to what citrus essential oils for wrinkles you use. To avoid phototoxicity, you need to buy them steam distilled. Otherwise, you’ll have to avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours after using them.
- Most of us are creatures of habit. Once we find something that’s really working for us, we stick with it. This is usually the case with skin care routines too. But every now and then, it can be a very wise idea to try a different approach and ingredients. Plus, the skin changes very much over the years. You may find that what you used at 20, is no longer useful at 30, and so on.
- Be very gentle with your skin! From the products and ingredients you use to the massages you give your skin, they all need to be gentle.
- Don’t be afraid to use localised (or spot) treatments. The skin’s needs change and thanks to Aromatherapy, you can meet them all.
There are many great essential oils that can help with wrinkles. You can choose from Green Myrtle, Rose Geranium, Helichrysum and Turmeric. But the list doesn’t stop there! With all these options, you can also make your best anti-aging oil blend for face, quite easily.
Whether they’re face wrinkles, neck or body wrinkles, Aromatherapy can help. Essential oils for wrinkles offer a natural solution to delaying the otherwise natural process of aging.
Which oil is your favorite and why? Have you got any new beauty tips or maybe blend recipes for us? I’ll be delighted to read your comments, as I too, love everything related.