As you age, natural oil production decreases, creating dry skin that, over time, is less resilient to the constant stretching of muscles, resulting in wrinkles. Besides eating healthy, plant based foods, the logical solution to prevent wrinkles is to simply replace the lost oils! There are plenty of products on the market and various facial treatment options that claim to do just that. But pick up any bottle of the latest anti-aging or wrinkle cream and read the ingredient list; if you aren’t shocked by the difficult to pronounce or identify ingredients, the you just might be shocked by how many ingredients there are!
The skin is the largest organ in the body and the first barrier of defence against bacteria, viruses, and disease. Natural oils are lipophilic, which means they slip easily and quickly right into the lipid layer of the skin, trapping water and moisture inside. Many commercial wrinkle creams contain oils, but those oils are mixed with chemical fragrances and other toxic ingredients that hitch a ride right into that lipid layer. Rather than be boosted by the supplemental oils, your body now must spend energy combating those toxic intruders!
Natural oils, when used in moderation, do not cause the immune system alarm, can be absorbed safely, effectively, and retain moisture. Plus, the nutrients and proteins in essential oils actually encourage cell regeneration and won’t clog pores! Why spend excessive amounts of money on counterproductive, poisonous, commercial creams when you can make your own safe and effective recipes at home? Listed below are four of the best natural oils to prevent and combat wrinkles:
A light oil that is easily absorbed. It mimics the skin’s sebum, tricking it to produce less oil.
A favourite of celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Middleton, and Miranda Kerr. Rosehip oil is a dry oil that penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin where it regenerates cells, increasing collagen production. It is rich in vitamin C, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, all of which are known to help heal scar tissue. It is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and brightens skin. It is also wonderful when combined with jojoba oil.
This oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, making it ideal for breakout-prone skin. It is high in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and minerals. In addition to helping reduce acne-causing bacteria and inflammation associated with breakouts, it can help heal discolouration and scars from acne. Because this is a thick oil it is best to mix it with a thinner oil, such as the rosehip oil mentioned above.
This oil is excellent because of its natural anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties as well. It also contains lauric acid that supports the structure of the skin and is easily absorbed. Some studies have shown that it can actually increase the lipid content of one’s skin. It can be a little greasy, a little goes a long way! Be sure to look for organic and unrefined brand of coconut oil. One final perk – coconut oil has a natural SPF capable of blocking about 20% of the sun’s harmful UV rays!