Essential Oils for Wrinkles

Essential Oils for Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a natural part of getting older, and while it’s important to age gracefully, it’s not too outlandish to want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin appear a bit more vibrant. There are other factors besides the natural aging process that can contribute to wrinkles in the skin, those factors include:

  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Stress

As you age, essential fatty acids and proteins (such as collagen and elastin) degrade, leading to loss of elasticity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is a natural process. However, the other three factors mentioned above (sun exposure, smoking and stress) lead to oxidative stress by increasing free radicals in your body. An increase in these free radicals  causes collagen to break down, they damage skin cells and can lead to premature aging of the skin. 

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Essential Oils

Essential oils are concentrated extracts that are taken from the roots, seeds, blossoms, barks, peels, etc of various plants. The elements that cause the plant to have its particular fragrant smell are its "essence". When the essence of the plant is extracted, it is called essential oil. Essential oils can be used to promote physical healing as well as emotional healing (such as relieving or reducing anxiety).

Some essential oils have the ability to control the oxidative stress that leads to skin aging, meaning they can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These highly concentrated plant extracts are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and tend to have profound skin healing and renewing properties. 

Massaging the skin with certain essential oils improves blood circulation, reduces free radical damage, enhances skin hydration, reduces wrinkle formation, and can fight inflammatory conditions and infections. 

Here are the best essential oils to fight wrinkles:

10 Best Essential Oils for Wrinkles

  1. Lemon
    • Lemon oil has a high concentration of natural antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds known as monoterpenoids (D-limonene, ꞵ-pinene and 𝑦-terpinene) which help to fight free radical skin damage, preventing premature skin aging. Lemon oil has been shown to increase the skin's sensitivity to sunlight, therefore, it's best to include lemon oil in your nightly skin routine.
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  2. Vetiver
    • Vetiver oil has the ability to calm the skin and de-stress the mind. It is enriched with active constituents like α-Vetivone, β-Vetivone, and Khusinol, vetiver essential oil is used to protect the skin from harsh environmental changes, reduce oxidative damage, reduce wrinkles, tighten and moisturize the skin. Vetiver oil keeps your skin hydrated, moisturized and toned by increasing skin's elasticity, which helps keep the skin tight and firm. It brightens skin, giving it a youthful glow while also helping to reduce hyperpigmentation and get rid of age spots.
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  3. Sandalwood
    • Sandalwood essential oil's main component is  α-santalol. This is an antioxidant that prevents oxidative skin damage. It also helps reduce wrinkles on the face, hyperpigmentation or dark spots, and gives skin a brighter appearance within a few weeks of using.
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    • Australian Sandalwood
    • If you're interested in learning about the other properties of Sandalwood oil, check out our Sandalwood Oil blog post.
  4. Lavender
    • Lavender oil is prized for its antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It owes its anti-aging free radical scavenging properties to the bioactive compounds linalool, lavandulol, geraniol, linalyl acetate, and more. Lavender oil reduces wrinkles.
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    • If you're looking to read more about the effects of lavender oil, check out our blog post on the benefits of using lavender aromatherapy for sleep!
  5. Geranium
    • Frequent sun exposure can cause the depletion of the collagen and elastin proteins in the skin through the production of enzymes called collagenase and elastase. This causes photoaging and as a result, sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Geranium is rich in phenolic compounds like geraniol which exhibit anti-collagenase and anti-elastase activities.
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  6. Clary Sage
    • Clary sage has strong anti-aging properties that prevent skin sagging, enlargement of pores and the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. It contains antioxidants like linalyl acetate, linalool, terpineol, muurolene, etc, which protect your skin cells from DNA damage due to oxidative stress - slowing down the aging of the skin.
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  7. Helichrysum
    • The two main phytochemicals present in helichrysum, α-pinene and limonene, are effective inhibitors of collagenase and elastase (the enzymes responsible for collagen and elastin breakdown). Curcumene, a phytochemical that gives turmeric and its oil their powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and wound-healing properties is also present in this essential oil.
  8. Carrot Seed
    • Carrot seed oil is obtained via steam distillation of Daucus carota or wild carrot seeds (not to be confused with carrot seed carrier oil which is cold pressed from the same seeds). It is known for its anti-aging and nourishing properties. Carrot seed essential oil contains antioxidant phytochemicals known as sesquiterpenoids (such as carotol, daucol, bisabolol, farnesol and others) which can protect your skin from free radical damage. Farnesol can drastically increase collagen production in your skin.
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  9. Ylang Ylang
    • Ylang ylang has great moisturizing properties, it keeps aging skin moisturized and prevents the formation of wrinkles due to loss of moisture. It has an earthy, floral aroma which can help calm the mind leading to reduction of stress (which also aids in the aging of skin). The  oil is rich in monoterpenes such as β-ocimene, cineole, camphene, geraniol, geranyl acetate, and linalool that give it its potent antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibiofilm activities.
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  10. Rose
    • Rose essential oil has been used in skincare for centuries. It has excellent anti-aging, antibacterial and nourishing properties. The antioxidant abilities are due to a variety of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes which make up around 6.54% of the essential oil. These along with essential fatty acids help with cell regeneration and they work to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles giving you toned, youthful skin. Rose essential oil also contains depigmenting polyphenols (such as quercetin, ꞵ-pinene, kaempferol, gallic acid and ellagic acid) which reduce hyperpigmentation (dark spots), lighten old acne scars, age spots and stretch marks on your skin. 
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This list includes some of the best essential oils for fighting wrinkles! Have you ever used these oils before and what results have you seen?

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