How do anti wrinkle essential oils work?
Anti wrinkle essential oils are the most concentrated parts, the essences, of plants.
You know how skin care manufacturers talk about the ‘active principles’ in a serum or face cream? Often they’ll give those a prominent place on the label design. It can be some natural extract, a synthetic substance or a combination of both, such as something nature-inspired and then synthesized.
These powerful, concentrated components of skin care products are mainly responsible for the effect of a concoction – the largest part of a formula being a base, this base is in no way futile, since it allows for the active components to reach their goal. Essential oils work as nature’s very own active principles, and they are very powerful.
Incredibly small, essential oils work on a molecular level. Also, being present in plants, they do not need to be synthesized or created in a lab, but merely extracted. Essential oils are composed of various chemical components (different ones, depending of the plant). You may have noticed some of these terms on the ingredient labels of natural skin care products from Europe, where the specific chemical components of essential oils are required to be listed separately.
‘Regular’ skin care uses synthetic substances with certain skin-improving properties. For natural and organic skin care brands, it makes complete sense to rely on essential oils. Oils are as versatile as the plants they’re made from, and different ones have different healing properties. Some are great for oily skin, acne and blemishes, while others help with dry, sensitive or aging skin.
So, let’s have a look at which ones are the best anti wrinkle essential oils.
1. Rose Essential Oil
A rose, the queen of all flowers, makes one of the most valued and also expensive essential oils. In case you’re wondering why rose essential oil has to be so expensive, this has to do with the amount of essential oil present in the flowers (very little) and the amount of petals needed to distill the oil (a whole lot!)
Rose essential oil is regenerating, soothing and helps to even out the skin tone and balance moisture levels.
2. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is a healing powerhouse, and one of my personal favorites. It isn’t all that expensive compared to some, which – considering how little essential oil you need – makes it a pleasantly affordable companion when combating the skin’s different signs of aging. While frankincense essential oil is soothing and … (making it great for dry or mature skin), it also has strong antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. If you’re subject to a blemish or two, while also wanting to prevent or minimize signs of aging with some anti wrinkle essential oils, frankincense is a great pick. Frankincense protects the skin’s existing cells and stimulates to growth of new skin cells.
3. Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh essential oil is exceptionally healing. In ancient Greece, the soldiers used to have a small bottle of myrrh in their carry-on bag. While its anti-inflammatory properties make myrrh essential oil great for small wounds and infections, it also has powerful antioxidant and regenerating properties. The latter makes myrrh one of the best anti-wrinkle essential oils – and the anti-inflammatory action never hurts. Myrrh oil will protect the skin’s cells and prevent premature aging.
4. Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood essential oil is anti-inflammatory and moisturizing. It has a characteristic sweet, warm and woodsy fragrance that you’ll most likely either love or hate.
Unfortunately, sandalwood trees are becoming increasingly rare in the world. The value of sandalwood essential oil has caused trees to be subject to illegal harvesting. It takes at least 30 years for a tree to be ready, and this ‘poaching’ often happens too early. Needless to say, the increasing scarcity and high demand has caused the already high price of sandalwood essential oil to go up even more. A good reason to only buy from reputable suppliers, that guarantee both the purity of the oil and proper treatment of the trees and environment. (Goes for all essential oils, but in particular for this ‘endangered’ one!
5. Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot seed essential oil is distilled from the dried seed of carrot flowers and promotes the growth of new cells. It has strong antioxidant properties. Since aging and the formation of wrinkles are due to the exposure to so called ‘free radicals’, carrot seed oil is your friend in the fight against aging, and our selection of the best anti wrinkle essential oils wouldn’t be complete without it. Both toning and rejuvenating, carrot seed essential oil contains many vitamins and mineral, especially vitamin C and E.
6. Geranium Essential Oil
Maybe you’ve previously noticed geranium essential being mentioned in relation to acne, and you’re surprised that it also made the list of best anti-wrinkle essential oils? Geranium is antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and can be used to treat many ailments, from acne to varicose veins and even scars. While not my absolute top choice as an anti-wrinkle essential oil, Geranium has a beautifying effect on the skin on many fronts. In a slightly different light, geranium essential oil is an anti-depressant and can relieve stress and exhaustion. We all know those things don’t make the skin look any better, and may even add some unwanted lines to our faces.
7. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang ylang essential oil is very versatile. It helps balance the skin, regardless of which end of the spectrum you’re situated on. Both too oily and too dry skin can benefit from treatment with ylang ylang essential oil. This oil has regenerative properties, it can help improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce fine lines.
Top 5 Organic Skin Care Products Containing Anti Wrinkle Essential Oils
Let’s go over some professional aromatherapy skin care products that use essential oils to prevent and combat wrinkles. These are all very natural skin care products, and many of the ingredients are either organic or harvested in the wild.
Of course, there are many more options than just these five, but if you’re looking to treat your skin to the benefits of one or more anti wrinkle essential oils, this is a great place to start.
The Anti-Aging Facial Oil by Annmarie Gianni contains three of our top anti-wrinkle essential oils: frankincense essential oil, sandalwood essential oil and Moroccan rose absolute. It also contains carrot seed oil, though not essential oil, and half a page of other oils, plant extracts, and macerates. This facial oil is just loaded with antioxidant ingredients, and they’re either organic or wild harvested.
Pair it with the Anti-Aging Serum to really declare war on those wrinkles, with (among many other beneficial ingredients) frankincense, myrrh, rose, jasmine and vetiver essences.
Nice about Annmarie Gianni skin care is that you can sample many products before committing to a full size.
2. Just Natural’s Anti-Aging Range
Just Natural’s Anti-Aging Renewal Serum has carrot seed, myrrh and geranium essential oil, but also lavender and neroli (orange blossom). This serum has no water, silicone, alcohol or any
other fillers. Only the purest vitamin rich nutritive
ingredients are chosen, to enhance the look and
feel of your skin. It contains powerful anti-aging ingredients, but can be used for all skin types.
All three (the day cream, night cream, and serum) are loaded with natural oils, butters and other botanical extracts to prevent premature aging and the formation of wrinkles: rosehip seed oil, chia seed oil, jojoba oil, borage seed oil and evening primrose seed oil – just to name a few. Just Natural doesn’t use organic ingredients, but their skin care is very natural.
That’s quite a mouth full, right?! With such a lengthy name, I’d like to see at least one wrinkle disappear per word, so that’ll be seven in total. Just kidding.
The only match with our list of anti-wrinkle essential oils in this product is the carrot seed, but the OHPRRNC (excuse me for abbreviating that – #sorrynotsorry – did I miss any of the letters…?) contains an impressive long list of anti-wrinkle and anti-aging ingredients, and 97% of them are certified organic. Matching skin care products from this range can be found at 100% Pure.
What are your favorite natural or organic anti-wrinkle skin care products?