Using Essential Oils to Reduce Face Wrinkles and More...

by Linda Robison

The Ultimate guide to essential oils for face wrinkles, firmer and plumper complexion.

I'll show you how to use these powerful oils in your skincare routine for a youthful, glowing complexion.

Introduction

Essential oil in brown bottles.

I LOVE that dewy, glowy look my face has when I use essential oils in my skincare routine. But, this is nothing new, essential oils have been used for centuries to boost beauty and well-being.

They're natural, cheap, feed your skin, fight signs of aging, and, well, keep your face looking younger.

In this guide, I'll show you the best ones I use, how to use them the right way, and tell you why they work.

What are Essential Oils?

Oils extracted from plants in a lab.

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the plant's scent and benefits. They are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and other good stuff that can refresh your skin.

Benefits of Using Oils

For skincare, they offer several benefits:

  • Help fight free radicals that cause aging.
  • Reduce skin inflammation and redness.
  • Provide deep hydration to the skin.
  • Stimulate collagen production, improving skin elasticity.

How do they work

These precious oils penetrate the skin and deliver active compounds that can rejuvenate and repair skin cells. They work by:

  • Enhancing nutrient delivery to skin cells.
  • Encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
  • Help maintain optimal skin hydration through the fatty acids they contain.

How to Use 

Dilution and Application

Essential oils are strong and should always be diluted before use.

A common dilution ratio is 1% essential oil to 99% carrier oil for facial applications. This means adding about 6 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce (37.8 g) of carrier oil.

Best Carrier Oils

Carrier oils help dilute essential oils and provide extra benefits. Some of the best carrier oils for aging skin include:

  • Jojoba Oil: Mimics the skin's natural oils and is easily absorbed.
  • Argan Oil: Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
  • Rosehip Oil: Known for its anti-aging properties and high vitamin A content.

Patch Test

Before using a new essential oil, do a patch test. Apply a small amount of the diluted oil to a patch of skin. Wait 24 hours to see if any irritation occurs.

How to Incorporate into Your Routine

Adding oil to your skin cream.

Using them is pretty simple. Here is a routine example:

Daily Treatments

  • Morning: Cleanse your face, apply a toner, and then use a light essential oil blend followed by sunscreen.
  • Evening: Cleanse your face, apply a toner, and then use a more nourishing essential oil blend.

Weekly Treatments

  • Face Masks: Use a DIY face mask with essential oils once a week for deep hydration.
  • Exfoliation: Gently exfoliate your skin with a sugar scrub that includes essential oils.

Seasonal Adjustments

Adjust your essential oil blends based on the season. For example, use more hydrating oils in the winter and lighter oils in the summer.

Now let's try some recipes listed below:

DIY Beauty Recipes 

Anti-Aging Face Serum

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
  • 5 drops of frankincense oil
  • 5 drops of rosehip oil
  • 3 drops of lavender oil

Instructions:

1. Mix all the ingredients in a small glass bottle.
2. Apply a few drops to your face and neck every night before bed.

Acne-Fighting Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of chamomile oil

Instructions:

1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Apply to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
3. Rinse off with warm water.

Hydrating Body Oil

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 10 drops of ylang ylang oil
  • 10 drops of sandalwood oil

Instructions:

1. Mix all the ingredients in a glass jar.
2. Apply to your body after showering for soft, hydrated skin.

Top Oils for Face and Wrinkles?

A dropper of oil into a brown bottle.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Known for its anti-aging properties. It helps to:

  • Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles: By promoting cell regeneration.
  • Improve Skin Elasticity: Making the skin look firmer and more youthful.
  • Even Skin Tone: Reducing the appearance of age spots and scars.

Rose Essential Oil

Great for mature skin because it:

  • Hydrates:Keeps the skin moisturized and plump.
  • Contains Antioxidants: Protects the skin from free radical damage.
  • Soothes: Reduces redness and inflammation.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Is effective for aging skin:

  • Regenerates Skin Cells: Promoting a youthful appearance.
  • Balances Oil Production: Preventing both dryness and excess oil.
  • Reduces Inflammation: Calming irritated skin.

Lemon Essential Oil

One of my favorites!! Gives a refreshing lift to the skin. It can also:

  • Brightens the Skin: Reducing the appearance of dark spots.
  • Exfoliates: Removing dead skin cells for a smoother texture.
  • Tightens Pores: Giving the skin a firmer look.

Neroli Essential Oil

This is excellent for sensitive, aging skin. It can:

  • Reduces Fine Lines: By promoting cell regeneration.
  • Improves Elasticity: Making the skin more resilient.
  • Calms the Skin: Reducing redness and irritation.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood is known for its soothing properties. It:

  • Moisturizes Deeply: Keeping the skin hydrated.
  • Reduces Wrinkles: By promoting cell regeneration.
  • Calms Inflammation: Making it ideal for sensitive skin.

Contraindications & Storage Tips

Contraindications
Some essential oils may not be suitable for everyone. For example, lemon oil can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so it's best used at night. Always consult with a healthcare provider if you have any concerns.

Storage Tips
Essential oils should be stored in dark, glass bottles away from direct sunlight and heat to keep them effective. 

FAQ:

What are the best essential oils for anti-aging?

Consider trying frankincense oil, rosehip oil, and carrot seed oil. These oils are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Can essential oils cause skin irritation?

Yes, essential oils can cause skin irritation if not used properly. Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil and do a patch test before using them on your skin.

How often should I use essential oils on my skin?

You can use them daily. But it's important to start slowly and see how your skin reacts. Some people may find that using essential oils every other day works best for them.

Can I use essential oils if I have sensitive skin?

Yes, but it's important to choose essential oils that are known for their soothing properties, such as chamomile oil and lavender oil. Always do a patch test before using any new essential oil.

Are essential oils safe to use during pregnancy?

Some essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy. But it's important to consult with your healthcare provider before using any new essential oil. Avoid using essential oils that are known to be harmful during pregnancy, such as clary sage and rosemary oil.

Can I use essential oils on my children?

Yes, but it's important to use essential oils that are safe for children and to dilute them properly. Always consult with a healthcare provider before using essential oils on children.

Takeaway:

Essential oils offer a natural, effective way to boost your skincare routine. I love making my own, cheap, all natural, chemical free face serums and moisturizers.

Remember, healthy skin with fewer wrinkles is a comprehensive approach. It involves a good diet, regular face massages, sun protection, and good habits.

Whether you're looking to fight signs of aging, treat acne, or keep your skin hydrated and healthy, you can do so without spending a lot of money.

So why not give essential oils a try and see the difference they can make for your skin?

Sources:

The Best Essential Oils for Your Skin 
The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for Skin Care - Body Unburdened
10 Best Essential Oils for Skin
The 8 Best Essential Oils for the Face