As you get older, skin starts to age and it doesn’t regenerate and heal as quickly as it once did. Sigh.
The unavoidable aging process can leave your skin wrinkled, sagging and even looking a bit dull. The wonderful thing about essential oils is that so many of them promote healthy skin cell growth and support the natural healing process in your body.
Aromatherapy gives you a "leg-up" while you gracefully care for aging skin - you're definitely worth the extra time and care. Here’s some tips from Air Innovations on how to reverse the clock with essential oils for aging skin.
What Causes Premature Aging of Skin
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Excessive sun exposure
- Not getting enough sleep
Ways to Reduce Premature Aging
- Eat a healthy diet filled with antioxidant-rich foods
- Use facial moisturizer on a daily basis
- Wash your face daily especially after exercising
- Get a moderate amount of exercise to promote circulation
Never Apply Essential Oils Full Strength
Essential oils are extremely concentrated – so you need to dilute them in a carrier substance before using on your skin. A few carriers to choose from include:
- Witch hazel
- Unscented cream or lotion
- Distilled water – perfect if you’re doing a facial steam treatment
- Floral waters – like rose, neroli or lemongrass
- Base oil – such as sweet almond oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil
Read our blog Spa Experience at Home; Using Aromatherapy for Healthy, Glowing Skin for details on how to apply essential oils to your skin.
5 Essential Oils for Aging Skin
1. Carrot Seed Oil
This essential oil supports skin rejuvenation - by combating free radicals in the skin it helps to keep skin "younger" and slow down the aging process. It'll smooth out your skin and soften wrinkles so when it comes to protecting aging skin, this one's a keeper!
2. Myrrh Oil
Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a skincare favorite; myrrh supports the elasticity of the skin to restore firmness (goodbye sagging skin) and reduce the appearance of laughter lines (as we love to call them!).
3. Rose Oil
If your skin lacks moisture and plumpness as you age, rose oil can help. Evening out texture and tone, and reducing inflammation, it'll restore that youthful glow you've longed for.
4. Ylang Ylang Oil
Great for any skin type, ylang-ylang essential oil not only smells divine, but it also boosts skin elasticity - slowing down the appearance of wrinkles - and supports cell regeneration. What more could you ask for when caring for aging skin? It's a good one.
5. Lavender Oil
Lavender is a great all-rounder and can do wonders for aging skin. If you're prone to stress, then this essential oil can help you relax while it also takes care of sunspots, fine lines and supports the natural healing of your skin!
Other top essential oils recommended for aging skin include:
Give it a try, pamper your skin a little with a spa treatment at home. You won't regret it – in fact - you'll most likely fall in love with aromatherapy!
Aromatherapy Diffusers and Essential Oils
Another great way to incorporate essential oils into your daily life is to add a few drops of your favorite scent to an aromatherapy diffuser. Air Innovations® manufactures a full line of humidifiers, purifiers and fan products. RevitaSpa Fragrance Oils can be used in any Air Innovations ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser.
And there you have a basic idea of the various essential oils that can relieve different skin conditions and ailments. There is so much you can learn, but even with the most basic knowledge of aromatherapy, you can provide health, healing, and therapy for your skin – and you can do it in the most glamorous way – a spa in your own home!