So yes, there are only a handful of ways that you can actually fight wrinkles unless you're talking about a surgical or chemical option.
For natural anti-aging effects, we’ve got to get some protection benefits, and some benefits to encourage skin to produce fresh new cells. (Remember that when you're considering your anti-aging skin care routine!)
There are ways that we can get those anti-aging benefits with just using essential oils.
If you are unfamiliar with essential oils or aren’t sure how to use them, I have a video called how I use essential oils if you want to check that out. You want to make sure you are diluting your oils properly so they are effective but not irritating for skin.
So, there are a few different ways that essential oils contribute to less wrinkles, so I'll go over those ways that oils can help fight aging, plus essential oils that fit into those categories.
Many essential oils are antioxidant, and they protect skin. Antioxidants fight against free radical damage, toxins, and other elements that contribute to wrinkles. They help keep cells from breaking down, so are really great for preventing future wrinkles and protecting skin. Very important, because if they never form in the first place, we don't have to worry about getting rid of them!
Carrot seed oil has very powerful antioxidant properties, and ALSO has benefits to help repair external damage to skin. It is very potent for protection against sun damage, premature aging, and free radicals…which all contribute to wrinkles and signs of aging. Carrot seed oil also has, like a lot of other essential oils, anti-inflammatory benefits...
Anti-inflammatory oils are aging skin in a roundabout way. Inflammation is not necessarily a bad thing - inflammation is your body’s response to stress or injury. Think of how when you get a scrape, or bruise, or a bug bite, you can see swelling. That's an external sign of inflammation in response to stress or stimulus. Inflammation can be a good thing, because it’s your body’s way of protecting itself, but the problem starts when the inflammation doesn’t go away after the initial trigger. You can think of inflammation as when your body basically stays in a heightened state of stress...imagine if someone scared the crap out of you, but you “AH!!” feeling never went away. It can lead to a lot of less than ideal function in the body, and that’s true for your skin too. So anti-inflammatory benefits aren’t necessarily just for visible swelling or inflammation, cause they can also help calm things under skins surface. Stressed or irritated skin isn’t going to function properly or at 100%, just like you don’t when you’re stressed and irritated!
Patchouli oil fits into this anti-inflammatory category. Patchouli is a great oil for wrinkles because it has has both antioxidant AND anti-inflammatory properties, and it also can help prevent damage from the sun. Studies have also shown that patchouli essential oil can prevent photo-aging. Photo-aging describes the effect that the sun has on making the skin show more fine lines and wrinkles. Researchers found that patchouli oil helped keep the skin firmer and prevented premature skin aging.
Another anti-inflammatory essential oil that is excellent for preventing aging skin (with many skin benefits) is sandalwood essential oil. Sandalwood oil can actually contribute to better moisture in skin too, which is also very important for preventing signs of aging.
Another term you may have heard of describing some oils is astringent. Astringent essential oils can make skin look less wrinkled over time with continued use. Like all things, the effects are not going to be permanent, so it's something that works best when it becomes part of your regular skin care routine. Astringent oils don't necessarily effect things long term in the same way that preventing damage and growing new cells will, but they do have a toning and tightening effect which can mean less wrinkles developing in the future. Over time that can contribute to more toned and tightened skin.
Rosemary oil is one of the astringent essential oils that can give your skin a firmer appearance and it's a great essential oil for wrinkles. Researchers found that rosemary essential oil also has very strong antioxidant compounds and helps prevent damage to skin cells. It's a really great oil for skin!
When talking about wrinkles, I have to mention collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are two of the most important elements when it comes to fighting wrinkles…because losing them is basically what makes wrinkles and lines start to happen in the first place. There are different kinds of collagen in the different parts of your body, but for the sake of today I’m really just concerned with collagen in skin. Collagen and elastin slowly break down and decrease in the body over time. So, stimulating healthy new cell growth is SO important in the anti-aging battle because healthy new skin cells are only going to increase the likelihood of having more collagen and elastin in your skin. Healthy skin cells are needed to produce those structural things like elastin which keep skin firm, so wrinkles don’t form in the first place. Keeping skin tight and firm is necessary for preventing those further lines and things.
Frankincense is another astringent essential oil, VERY powerful and very well-known for its skin benefits. Frankincense oil has another important and really cool benefit in that it actually encourages the skin and/or body to grow new cells because it is "cytophylactic". This property allows frankincense essential oil to stimulate the growth of new skin cells while also protecting existing healthy cells, which is what helps keep our skin more elastic and firm in the long run. On top of those benefits, frankincense essential oil also tightens and tones sagging skin because of it’s astringent abilities.
There are a lot of other essential oils out there that have some of these benefits, and they are great for wrinkles and aging skin, but these are 5 that I picked that have somewhat varying benefits to give you well-rounded, strong defense for your anti-aging routine.