Essential oils are mentioned 188 times in the Bible, which, however, is not surprising! These valuable elixirs have a lot of useful properties, and can even slow down the aging process of the skin. About how they are used in cosmetology, says MedAboutMe.
1. Carrot seed oil
Environmental pollution, solar radiation and loss of skin moisture lead to premature aging and early wrinkling. But carrot seed essential oil can help with all these problems.
A 2019 study published in Journal of Cosmetic and Laser therapyshows that it promotes skin rejuvenation and prevents damage to its healthy cells.
Did you know?
Each essential oil is made up of hundreds of different photochemical compounds that can benefit a person. So, according to approximate calculations, lavender oil contains about 200 different substances!
2. Lemon oil
Lemon essential oil contains antioxidants that protect the skin from the effects of oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals. It contains ascorbic acid, alpha-tocopherol and glutathione, anti-aging ingredients that increase the ability of cells to resist damage.
Applying this oil to the skin strengthens its protective properties and prevents premature aging, say experts from the Faculty of Medicine University of Catania, Italy.
3. Pomegranate seed oil
The fragrant substance of dark red color is an effective rejuvenating agent. It is rich in active ingredients that have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-microbial properties.
The study of 2015, which was conducted by specialists from the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM), Spain, showed that pomegranate seed oil stimulates the processes of regeneration of the upper layer of the skin (epidermis), increases the elasticity and firmness of the skin. And pomegranate juice, taken orally, can protect the skin from photoaging.
On a note!
Essential oil molecules are unique in that they can penetrate cell membranes. This is precisely the secret of their effectiveness.
4. Rosemary oil
Rosemary oil has high antibacterial properties that can help improve skin conditions in many dermatological conditions, including dermatitis and eczema. It counteracts oxidative stress, which is one of the main causes of skin aging.
And rosemary extract shows strong antioxidant activity, guaranteed to slow down the aging process of the skin, says a study published in the journal International journal of tissue reactions.
5. Rosehip oil
It contains as many as three powerful anti-aging agents: linoleic acid, carotenoids and tocopherol (vitamin E). Acting in tandem, they have a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect, significantly improving skin condition.
And rosehip seed oil contains a large amount of phenolic acid, which prevents the occurrence of inflammatory reactions on the skin and reduces the negative effects of oxidative stress. Such data was presented by a 2018 study published in the publication International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
On a note!
Most essential oils have a shelf life of one to two years. But storage in the refrigerator can extend this period.
6. Frankincense oil
Refined frankincense oil supports the skin’s defense mechanisms, helping it resist harmful bacteria. In addition, it perfectly tones and maintains the elasticity of the skin, making it look healthy and radiant.
2017 study shared by edition Biochimie Open, showed that frankincense oil promotes the healing of damaged skin tissues and prevents the development of inflammation. Thanks to this, wrinkles are smoothed out, the appearance of stretch marks and scars improves.
7. Rose Geranium Oil
This essential oil is famous for its wound healing properties, it does not cause irritation and has no side effects. Scientists associate its use with improving the condition of the skin with eczema and dermatitis. In addition, it is an excellent tool for normalizing the work of overly active sebaceous glands.
Another valuable advantage of it: antioxidant properties, due to which wrinkles on the face appear later.
Did you know?
According to experts, about 21% of essential oils on the beauty market are adulterated with additional ingredients. And some of them are toxic.
8. Ylang Ylang Oil
The most important property of ylang ylang essential oil is its ability to fight the damaging effects of free radicals. High antioxidant activity helps maintain the health and beauty of the skin, stimulating the processes of their renewal and restoration. This is evidenced by a 2015 study published in the journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
9. Clary sage oil
Scientists say that the aroma of clary sage acts as an antidepressant, instantly improves mood and restores the taste for life.
And its ether acts as an active measure for the prevention of premature skin aging due to the negative effects of free radicals. It’s no secret that they can damage the DNA of cells and boost inflammation in the body.
To distinguish a quality essential oil from a fake, just look at the label. It should indicate: the name of the oil, the Latin name of the plant from which it was produced, the country of origin and the extraction method.
10. Sandalwood oil
In a 2017 clinical trial published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatologyfound that sandalwood oil is effective in treating psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
In addition, it reduces oxidative stress of the skin, so that it remains beautiful, healthy and youthful.
How to use essential oils?
Before applying an essential oil to the skin, it must be diluted with a «base» oil. When used alone, esters often cause irritation, increase skin photosensitivity, and can even cause burns. Natural vegetable oils easily solve this problem, becoming the basis for cosmetic procedures.
The following base oils have proven themselves best in cosmetology:
- Jojoba oil.
- Argan oil.
- Avocado oil.
- Almond oil.
- Grape seed oil.
- Wheat germ oil.
- Apricot oil.
To carry out a beauty procedure, take 5 ml of natural vegetable oil and add 10 drops of essential oil to it. Use the resulting mixture twice a day — in the morning and in the evening.
Although essential oils are a completely natural product, their use is associated with a high risk of an allergic reaction. Do an allergy test before using the oil blend on your skin.
Apply a little on the inner crook of the elbow and wait 24 hours. If there are no unpleasant reactions, oils can be used.
An allergy to essential oils can manifest itself in more than just a rash and skin irritation. A feeling of nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing are possible symptoms that the oil is not right for you.
Citrus essential oils should be used with great care: grapefruit, lemon, orange, and other options. They increase the photosensitivity of the skin, which can cause age spots and burns on it. Therefore, in the sunny season, their use should be combined with the use of sunscreen cosmetics.
Vindhya Veerula, MD, dermatologist, member of the American Board of Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatological Surgeons
Essential oils are a real beauty elixir that can help improve skin condition in dermatological diseases and age-related aging.
But they are not magic remedies, and you need to be patient to see the first results. They should be used for at least 2-3 months in a row.
Freya Upit, beauty industry expert
Time mercilessly takes away your youth, and you would be happy to pay any money to prolong it, but the tenth jar of cream does not give the desired effect. Do not rush to lay out the last funds and run to the surgeons in desperation. Turn to essential oils for help.
Just do not forget to use them as an addition to the base ones, checking before applying on the inside of the elbow. For dry skin, choose avocado oil as the base, for oily skin — grape seed oil, and for sensitive skin — jojoba. Add for 1 tsp. essential oil, 3-5 drops of essential oil, and enjoy the result after the first application.
1. For skin rejuvenation, choose neroli, frankincense, ylang-ylang, jasmine, spruce, clove, and verbena oils.
2. Rosewood, tangerine and geranium oils can tone and smooth out wrinkles.
3. Oils of rosemary, mint, lemon, geranium, almond can whiten and restore a healthy complexion.
4. Tea tree, chamomile, rosemary, fir, lavender and cedar oils help to remove scars, inflammation and narrow pores.
Prepare your own beauty serum by mixing a base oil with various essential oils, pour into a dark glass bottle and use to prolong your youth.
Published on 12/09/2019 02:05, updated on 04/17/2020 19:32
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