Essential oils have been around for thousands of years—since 3,500 BC, and are used all over the world by many different cultures. These oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing and anti-aging properties for enhancing beauty and restoring youthful skin.
Essential oils are minuscule in molecular size, which means they are absorbed well by the skin—making them perfect ingredients in personal care items intended to heal, soften, nourish, and provide nutrients back to the skin. They do not accumulate in the body over time however—but offer up their healing properties and then dissipate.
Essential oils may be the best kept wellness secret to reverse signs of skin aging and preventing lines and wrinkles. My top (4) Essential Oils to address fine lines and wrinkles and prevent skin aging are Lemon essential oil—great for preventing wrinkles around the orbital bone of the eyes. Frankincense essential oil is ideal for addressing skin aging concerns like discoloration or age spots. Lavender essential oil combats wrinkles and promotes healing of the skin. Finally, Geranium essential oil promotes beautiful and radiant skin.
Geranium oil is also used to treat acne, reduce inflammation and wellness by protecting new skin cells. The next time you're looking for anti-aging, look at your local wellness and beauty store for pure essential oils, such as the ones listed above that can be applied directly to the skin, or, as they are quite concentrated, mixed with a carrier oil such as Jojoba oil or Grape Seed oil. Healthy skin can be achieved by incorporating essential oils into your daily skincare routine.
Skin Dermal Absorption: The skin is relatively permeable to fat soluble substances and relatively impermeable to water-soluble substances. Essential oils are able to pass through the strateum corneum (the outer layer of the epidermis). From here the oil passes through the dermis, into the capillaries and into the bloodstream.
Absorption can also occur through the hair follicles and sweat glands. The warmth of the skin increases blood flow to the surface, increasing the skin’s ability to absorb the essential oils.
Just about everything can penetrate the skin, but the areas of the skin that are the most permeable are the inside of the wrist and behind the ear, the scalp, armpits, and the palms of the hands and feet.
Essential oils can affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes, and are then metabolized. To increase your skin's smoothness and add glow to your complexion, try adding five to six drops of essential oils to your current skincare products, which can be helpful in increasing your skin's moisture retention.
Did You Know? Rose essential oil is the most expensive oil on the market. Not only is it rare, but also very difficult to extract. Rose essential oil rehydrates the skin, quickly reducing redness, and can brighten the complexion almost immediately. Clary essential oil is great for balancing your skin’s oil production and reducing itchy, inflamed skin by causing a calming and soothing effect.
For your next level of beauty and anti-aging, try essential oils. They smell wonderful and have so many therapeutic properties to improve wellness and beauty by maintaining the health of the skin, scalp, hair, nails, and eyebrows. Refresh! Renew! Regenerate!
Shanna Bynes is an internationally recognized leading skincare professional with more than 16 years in the aesthetic and beauty industry. She is a licensed medical aesthetician and nail technician, as well as professional makeup artist. Shanna is also certified in Reflexology and offers her expertise to clients plus other skincare professionals.