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No one likes the pesky signs of aging – wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and more. While you cannot completely keep these things at bay forever, there are several things you can do to minimise their appearance.
There are dizzying amounts of super expensive anti-aging products out there, which may or may not work but quite a few of them contain chemicals that will prove counter productive in the long-term. Why not opt for a natural DIY anti-aging oil regimen instead?
I’ve tried these oils and I know they work. I’m in my late 30s and have nary a line, wrinkle or dark circle on my face. I have been asked a few times if I’ve ever had botox injections!
These anti-aging oils are not rare oils that are only affordable or available to the Hollywood elite. They are regular oils that you probably already have on your shelf and have used at one time or the other in your hair care regimen. Additionally, all these oils have been featured on Natural Oils for Hair & Health previously.
So what are these marvelous natural oils?
Top 10 Anti-Aging Natural Oils for Youthful & Beautiful Skin
Argan oil contains vitamin E, carotenes and squalenes. It is composed of fatty acids that hydrate skin, restore elasticity, and fade fine lines and wrinkles.
Emu oil is derived from the fat off the back or rump of the emu bird native to Australia. Emu oil contains high amounts of vitamin A, an antioxidant that helps heal damaged skin quickly. It’s anti-inflammatory properties also help reduce swelling and inflammation. Emu oil also refines the appearance of pores on the skin.
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Tamanu oil has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties. Additionally, tamanu oil contains xanthones and coumarins, which are effective inhibitors to free radical damage.
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Kiwi fruit seed oil is packed with more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts collagen as well as repairs and regenerates connective tissues in the body. It also keeps skin supple, smooth and improves overall texture and elasticity. The Antipodes line is based on kiwi fruit seed oil.
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Marula oil is another one with a high vitamin C content. It also contains vitamin E, essential amino acids and flavonoids which aid cell renewal and regeneration.
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Rosehip seed oil contains significant amounts of vitamin A and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and heal damaged skin. It increases collagen production in the skin and improves overall feel and texture of the skin.
Pomegranate oil contains punicic and ellagic acid. Punicic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid while ellagic acid is a natural antioxidant, which alleviates skin wrinkling and inflammation. Pomegranate oil also promotes rejuvenation and fortification of the skin.
Sea buckthorn berry oil contains significant amounts of vitamin E oil, three times more Vitamin A than carrots and a very unique essential fatty acid, omega-7. Sea buckthorn berry oil reduces the visibility of hyper pigmentation and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, which contributes to premature aging.
Vitamin E oil is the father of all natural oils. A powerful antioxidant; it helps neutralise the effects of free radicals and promote healing and faster regeneration of cells.
Must you use all the oils above? Goodness, no. You will confuse and overwhelm your skin. You should mix and match till you find the recipe your skin takes to. I’ve experimented with all the oils and below are my best 3 recipes.
The main benefits of including lavender essential oil on this list is because it has a balancing, calming and soothing effect on the skin. It is one of the best essential oils to use on the skin and combined with the right carrier oil from above, it can pack a potent anti-aging effect.
I’ve heard good things about frankincense essential oil, myrrh essential oil and geranium essential oil as well. However, I have never tried any of these essential oils on my skin but feel free to use it as a replacement for lavender essential oil if you prefer.
3 Homemade Anti-Aging Natural Treatments
Anti-Aging Post Peel Treatment
This is the same treatment I use post-peel for the first 3 – 5 days. You will require 1 teaspoon emu oil or some other oil from the list, 1 drop vitamin E oil and 2 drops lavender essential oil. Mix throughly and apply to your face and neck. Massage until thoroughly absorbed.
Serum for Dark Circles and Black Eyes
You will need 1 teaspoon of 100% aloe vera gel like Art Naturals Pure Aloe Vera Gel, 1 drop each of tamanu oil, marula oil and rose hip seed oil. Mix and apply under your eyes and around the eye area every night. This serum is especially good for tired eyes with lines.
All in One Moisturiser for Skin
Tips for DIY Anti-Aging Treatments
- I prefer to mix my anti-aging treatments fresh every time but if you want to prepare larger amounts, adjust the ingredients recommended above and store in a glass jar with a dropper like this one so you can control usage without contaminating the bottle’s contents.
- If you’re unsure how your skin will react to a particular oil, mix a small amount a few days before and patch test on the back of your hand for a few hours.
- If you practice the oil cleansing method, incorporate one or more of the natural oils above.
- Use the treatments on your décolletage and chest area as well.
- These oils can also be used when you’re mixing natural oils to use as a sunscreen treatment.