Skin plays a major role in our aging process
As a woman in her forties, the condition of my skin is what most people use to gauge my actual age. Of course, I like to think that most people assume I’m at least a decade younger than I really am. Let’s be frank though: everything other than your skin can be altered in terms of your appearance. These alterations include your hair color (cover up those grays), your body phasic (physically fit), and your clothing attire (in style). However, your skin which encompasses 15% of your body weight is the most visible part of your body and is rather hard to hide. Not to mention, the skin is a vital component to our bodies since it’s an active player in the immune system by supporting good bacteria. In turn, this helpful bacteria keeps the detrimental microorganisms in line and offers yet another reason, why we need to nourish our skin.
Causes of premature skin aging
Although we try to defy our age, our skin naturally loses its springiness and starts to thin out as we get older. Consequently, Mother Nature has a way of producing those dreaded wrinkles, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. Contrary to popular belief, age however isn’t the only factor contributing to older looking skin. In fact, there are many other reasons why your skin can appear older even if you’re younger in age:
- Smoking, drinking alcohol, and poor diet
- Soaking up UV rays without sunscreen
- Living in a dry environment
- Being genetically prone (non-Caucasians are least likely to have their skin age prematurely)
- Excessive use of skin products (dehydrates the skin)
- Hormone fluctuation
- Excessive squinting in your youth
Essential oils to the rescue
Well now that I’ve painted a rather grim picture for you, let’s look on the bright side. There is hope for all of us and certain essential oils can be our saving grace with premature skin aging. Essential oils have the capability to replenish the skin’s lacking moisture, as well as restore the skin. In addition, essential oils can jump start collagen formation in the skin and thus, retract the dreaded signs of aging. Where do I sign up right?
The essential oil list to turn back the clock
- Argan oil – consists of 80% fatty acids which replenish moisture in the skin, put the ‘spring’ back in your skin, and help with lines and wrinkles. In addition, this oil has vitamin E which can ‘beef up’ unhealthy looking skin. The application instructions are: a massage of a few drops to the face and neck, as well as a drop below your eyes.
- Avocado oil – contains vitamin A and E and safeguards the skin against harmful UV rays. The application instructions are: can be applied directly to skin.
- Carrot Seed oil – aids in the restoration of skin cells and extends antioxidant defense against sun damage. The application instructions are: dilute with a carrier oil such as olive, sunflower, or coconut before application and remain indoors for 72 hours post application.
- Clary Sage oil – can minimize fine lines, toughen up pores, and ward off premature wrinkles. The application instructions are: dilute 2 drops in 1 tsp of vegetable oil prior to application.
- Coconut oil – contains triglyceride lauric acid which your body changes into monolaurin. In turn, this chemical goes after any viruses and bacteria and creates a healthier environment on your skin. Also, this essential oil is full of vitamin C which defends the skin from cellulite while diminishing stretch marks. The application instructions are: massage a few drops to the skin for five minutes.
- Cypress oil – promotes blood circulation and diminishes varicose veins and the presence of cellulite. The application instructions are: 2 – 3 drops massaged onto targeted area.
- Frankincense oil – causes the contraction of body tissues which protects the skin, as well as revamps the look of pores, scars, and wrinkles. The application instructions are: 2 – 3 drops massaged to face preferably before you go to bed.
- Geranium oil – serves as a humectant which is a substance that keeps things moist. The application instructions are: 2 – 3 drops mixed with face lotion 2 times/day.
- Lavender oil – has antioxidant qualities which revitalizes the skin and deflects the presence of wrinkles. The application instructions are: can be applied directly to skin.
- Lemon oil – is rich in vitamin C and can get rid of free radicals. It also brightens dark spots and diminishes the look of lines and wrinkles. The application instructions are: create a 50/50 mixture of lemon and olive oil and apply directly to face.
- Myrrh oil – acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant while smoothing skin tone. The application instructions are: can be applied directly to skin or diluted with a carrier oil.
- Patchouli oil – will fight off bacteria, help with blemishes, and block acne. The application instructions are: 1 – 2 drops to skin daily or directly to areas of acne.
- Rose oil – initiates new skin cell formation and minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The application instructions are: a few drops massaged to face and neck 2 times/day.
- Sandalwood oil – is highly concentrated in sesquiterpene which is used for its antiseptic, antibacterial, or anti-inflammatory properties. The application instructions are: make a paste consisting of 3 teaspoons of the oil, 3 teaspoons of milk powder, and 1 teaspoon of rose water and allow to sit on your face for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Ylang Ylang oil – acts as an antiseptic agent, as well as a sedative which is useful in caring for skin irritations. The application instructions are: can be applied directly to the skin.
Here’s to turning back the clock with younger looking skin and living your best life ever! Feel free to leave me a comment or any insight you may have.