If you’re looking for a natural alternative to anti-ageing drugs, essential oils are your best options. Extracted from plants, woods and spices through distillation or enfleurage, essential oils are volatile compounds containing the highest concentration of growth factors and properties of the source they were taken from.
Having complex biochemical interaction with the human body, essential oils can trigger different reactions in your hormones and enzymes, like, for instance, slowing down your skin’s ageing process.
Just to be clear, do not expect a miraculous rejuvenating effect overnight. Essential oils are not magical potions that will make you look like Angelina Jolie in a week’s time. They don’t make your wrinkles disappear or plump your lips like hot-air balloons, but, on the other hand, they effectively help to boost collagen, promote skin cell renewal, even out skin tone and reduce inflammation. In other words, essential oils are a preventive treatment rather than a curative one.
With that said, let’s have a look at this list of essential oils with anti-ageing benefits.
Rosemary is widely used in anti-ageing cosmetics for its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. You can find it as the main active ingredient in best selling products like Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Soothing Clay Mask or Alpha-H Multi Perfecting Skin Tint because it has the incredible capacity of stopping free radicals from breaking down the skin's elasticity.
Everybody recognizes the importance of vitamin C to prevent colds and strengthen the immune system, but most people are unaware of its importance in reducing the signs of ageing. All citrus essential oils reduce the damage of skin oxidation, lighten dark spots and moderate the production of sebum. Being such a powerful active ingredient, lemon oil is found in cutting-edge dermocosmetics such as Alpha-H Age Delay Hand & Cuticle Care Cream and Decleor Aromessence Lavandula Iris Firming Facial Oil Serum.
Rose oil should actually be called rosehip oil because it’s extracted from the flower’s seeds, which are rich in essential fatty acids, like linoleic, and vitamin C. It is an optimal skin rejuvenator, packed in anti-ageing goodness, which boosts collagen production and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Where can you find this youth elixir? The best cosmetics containing rosehip oil are Alpha-H Essential Hydration Concentrate and Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rose Luxe Collection.
Widely used in aromatherapy for relaxation and anti-stress treatment, lavender is also a great antioxidant and free-radicals fighter. A study revealed that, just as it diminish oxidative stress in the brain, so it does to your skin, besides acting as a moisturiser and increasing blood flow. It’s no surprise, thus, that a top skincare brand such Décleor uses Lavender oil in its anti-ageing creams and serums, such as Décleor Prolagene Lift and Firm Rich Day Cream Moisturizer and Décleor Aromessence Marjolaine Oil Serum.
Jojoba oil is a golden liquid wax extracted from the jojoba bean, a plant native of North America. You might have never heard of it, but, it’s possibly one of the richest oils in terms of nutrients and beneficial properties. Containing vitamin E, vitamin B complex, silicon, chromium, copper and zinc, it doesn’t only decrease wrinkles appearance, but also regulates the production of sebum while deeply hydrating your skin. Phyto as a whole line called Phytojoba dedicated to this extraordinary active ingredient, while Delarom has a fantastic anti-ageing cream called Delight Rich Moisturizing Cream.
With Frankincense oil you can say goodbye to sunspots and age spots. An aromatic resin obtained by slashing the bark of the Boswellia tree, Frankincense evens out the skin tone and helps getting rid of stretch marks. If you want to try Frankincense, AromaWorks created an outstanding Juniper & Frankincense Soulful Essential Oil and Payot an amazing soothing moisturizer, Creme N°2 Cachemire Anti-redness Soothing Care.