While there are many commercial anti-aging products available, most of these formulas are expensive and contain potentially harmful chemicals which actually damage your skin in the long-term. Instead of pouring money into these pre-made “beauty products” why not create your own using all natural anti-aging oils?
We’ll start off by listing the best carrier oils and their associated health benefits. Then we’ll tell you which essential oils are the best for healing and restoring skin’s youthful appearance. Finally, we’ve found a couple of great recipes to get you started on making your very own DIY anti-aging, skin-healing serum!
1. Sweet Almond Oil
almond oilSweet Almond oil contains large amounts of vitamins E and K – meaning that this oil not only helps skin to regenerate and maintain elasticity, it also promotes better circulation. Additionally, Sweet Almond oil is a natural UV blocker, making it ideal for people who spend a lot of time in the sun.
Sweet Almond oil offers the added benefit of being odorless, making it a great choice for those who either don’t enjoy the smell of botanical oils or whose employers do not allow the wearing of scented botanical oils in the workplace. This carrier oil is only lightly oily (about the same consistency of olive oil) and absorbs relatively quickly.
Further Reading: 12 Magical Benefits Of Sweet Almond Oil For Skin, Hair & Health
2. Coconut Oil
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is full of anti-oxidant vitamin E, making it an excellent carrier oil for skin-healing anti-aging serums. Coconut oil is also comprised mainly of medium-chain triglyceride lauric acid, known to be one of the healthiest oils for your skin and body.
Coconut oil not only helps to reduce signs of aging, it’s also great for strengthening the epidermis against cellulite, fading stretch marks, and eliminating keratosis pilaris. Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen, so you can use it to guard your skin against sun damage without the use of harmful chemicals. It can even be used to prevent or treat skin infections. (Read all about the health benefits of coconut oil in this article!)
4. Avocado Oil
While Avocado oil is a very thick oil – probably too thick for most people to use on sensitive areas like the face – it is one of the healthiest carrier oils for skin. Avocado oil is rich with vitamins A and E, as well as collagen-boosting plant sterolins.
Because avocado oil is so thick, I recommend only using serums with this carrier at night or when you’re planning to stay home for the day. Also, try using avocado oil in combination with another carrier if you find that your anti-aging serum is too sticky.
5. Cypress Oil
Cypress oil helps to improve circulation, strengthen skin, and reduce the appearance of varicose veins and broken capillaries under the skin’s surface.
6. Frankincense Oil
Use Frankincense oil to help regenerate skin cells, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. Frankincense is also great for tightening up sagging skin, evening tone, and balancing skin’s pH. Read more about this wonderful essential oil here.
7. Lemon Oil
lemon oilLemon oil can help to lighten dark spots, as well as preventing and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, plus so much more.
8. Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood oil can help to soothe damaged or irritated skin while at the same time fading scars, lines, and wrinkles to smooth the skin’s surface. Read more about it here.
9. Myrrh Oil
Use Myrrh oil to help boost skin strength, for a smooth and healthy younger-looking complexion.
10. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil helps to tighten skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also acts as a natural preservative for any other oils which may be blended with it. Discover more about the magic of this essential oil here.Anti Aging Recipes
Now that you have the information you need on which oils are best for reversing the signs of aging and achieving beautiful skin, take a look at the following recipe combinations.
Firming and Anti Aging Skin Serum
Use this anti-aging oil blend in the morning and at night to firm skin and even tone.
You Will Need:
2 tbsp each of coconut oil and Sweet Almond oil
10 drops each of Cypress oil and Rosemary oil
7 drops Frankincense oil
(For full instructions, visit primallyinspired.com)
Super Anti-Aging Serum
Use this anti-aging serum at night after your usual face cleansing routine.
You Will Need:
1/2 cup Avocado oil
10 drops of: Sandalwood oil
5 drops each of: Lemon oil, Frankincense oil, Myrrh oil, and Rosemary oil
(For full instructions, visit simplelifemom.com)
Easy Anti-Oxidant Serum
For a wonderful anti-aging combination that is easy to make and doesn’t call for a long list of essential oils, try this mixture of Avocado, Rosemary, and Coconut oils.
You Will Need:
1/2 cup Avocado oil
20 – 25 drops each of Coconut oil and Rosemary oil
Mixing & Usage Tips
– When mixing oils, try pouring about half of your carrier oil(s) into the storage container followed by the listed amounts of essential oils. Then finish by topping off your storage container with the remaining carrier oil(s). This way you’re sure to always have room for all of the essential oils called for by each recipe.
– When pouring oils into storage containers, remember to leave a little space in the top of the bottle. This will allow the oils to breathe.
– Always be gentle when mixing essential oils. Forceful motion such as vigorous shaking or rapid stirring can easily damage the delicate organic compounds which give your essential oils their wonderful healing properties. Also, avoid exposing your blends to excessive heat or light as this will often change the chemical composition of the oils or cause them to oxidize and spoil faster. (For this reason, I recommend using amber colored glass bottles for storage of oil blends.)
– When handling essential oils, ceramic or glass tools are highly recommended. (Plastic is okay in a pinch, but avoid contact with metals entirely!)
– When using essential oils for skin care, remember that a little bit goes a long way. Just a few drops of each of these blends, for example, would be enough to moisturize your entire face.
– Please note that not all essential oils are safe for use by women who are pregnant or nursing. Some oils contain organic compounds which are safe for use by adults in small amounts, but that may harm infants and small children. If you are pregnant or nursing, it is always recommended to consult with a medical professional before using essential oils or any other natural remedies.
– Finally, always remember to perform an allergy test before applying any essential oils or carrier oils to large areas of the body. Simply apply a drop or two to the back of the hand and wait several hours (not all reactions occur immediately) to check for any adverse effects.