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You hear of essential oils filling a room with its natural aromas, being diffused in a spa room to promote relaxation, or added to lotions and deodorant as a natural perfume to replace toxic artificial scents. But could you have imagined that essential oils could tighten, lift, and plump skin or even improve joint function by encouraging your body to create its own collagen?
In this article, we’ll uncover the potent medicinal benefits essential oils have on collagen production and how the benefits go far beyond natural perfume.
The Importance of Collagen
Collagen makes up 30% of your body’s protein count and is responsible for:
- Maintaining the structure, elasticity, and moisture in your skin
- Strengthening the fibrous connective tissue to muscles and bones
- Responsible for the functionality of joint cartilage
- Represents 90% of bone mass to which calcium and other minerals are anchored
When providing your body with an additional nutrient source like fat or protein, it’s hard to direct it on where to use or apply it. The body simply does what it does and place collagen where it pleases, often in the areas that need it most.
Taking collagen supplements is a great way to supply your body with an overall increase in collagen to which it can use over time. But for skincare purposes, we are going to focus on the application and science behind applying essential oils that encourage receptors within the body to create its own source of collagen within the tissue to which it’s applied. In this case, the face.
Here are the best essential oils to stimulate collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness.
Essential Oils For Wrinkles And Dry Skin
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging but there are ways to turn your face into an environment that makes that difficult to occur. Wrinkles don’t like moisture, regular hydration, skin nutrients, or consistent collagen production and there are a few essential oils that are particularly good at ensuring your skin remains in this condition.
Calendula Essential Oil
Calendula contains a particularly high concentration of healing properties and is an essential oil often used in salves and ointments. Its monumental amount of flavanoids are what make it an ideal way to boost your natural collagen production.
Flavanoids found in calendula essential oil help your skin metabolize collagen (1) and improve cell turnover for a more youthful appearance.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot Seed Essential Oil is considered preventative skincare. A study was done in 2012 (2) showing the antioxidants in carrot seed oil significantly slowing down the breakdown of collagen. The number of beta carotene antioxidants found in Carrot Seed Essential Oil is equal to several pounds of carrots being consumed.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is favored in skincare because of its natural fresh scent but it’s also an ideal way to keep bacteria and tiny viruses from destroying your skins collagen boosters. Even within non-natural skincare lines, a lot of bacteria is missed in the cleansing process, lemon essential oil is a great post-wash toner to clean up anything left behind.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil has a lovely soft, floral scent and is great at reducing skin inflammation the represses collagen and increases the likelihood for dry, aging skin to wrinkle. Geranium also promotes circulation and is naturally antibacterial and antifungal.
Reduce Fine Lines With These Essential Oils
Fine lines can creep into the corners of the eyes, cheeks, and forehead a lot sooner than wrinkles. These essential oils aid in early collagen repair and can slow even the earliest signs of aging.
Pomegranate is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Its essential oil also contains enough nutrient density to be applied to act as a powerful anti-aging serum. Pomegranate oil can significantly reduce the oxidative stress to improve.
- Collagen production
- Inflammation reduction
- And minimize the appearance of sunspots
Rose oil was used in ancient Egypt and considered liquid gold to Cleopatra herself. Rose oil is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and locks in moisture to stimulate collagen and prevent fine lines or wrinkles. Rose essential oil helps create a perfect skin environment to help healthy skin thrive. It is the ancient beauty elixir that still works wonders.
Ylang Ylang is another essential oil that offers a pleasant scent and is used in natural perfumes. A few years ago a study revealed it also possesses antioxidants that can youthen skin and help collagen to promote cell turnover. This means the skin is able to repair itself faster and more frequently.
Additional essential oils that will stimulate collagen and promote healthy skin include:
I’m sure you want to reach for your essential oils and start using them on your skin right away but there are a few things to consider first! For starters, you never want to apply essential oil to your skin without mixing the appropriate amounts to carrier oil. Below are a few easy recipes to help you DIY your own anti-aging treatments using essential oils to stimulate collagen.
How to Use Essential Oils to Stimulate Collagen
Here’s how to use these essential oils to create your own all-natural anti-aging treatments. The recipes focus on the base and the essential oils are interchangeable dependant on your preferences.
Anti-Wrinkle Face Oil
- 3 drops Geranium Essential Oil
- 3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 1-ounce Rosehip oil
Warm a few drops of Anti-Wrinkle Face Oil between fingers and pat and press into targetted areas. Best used before bed.
- ¼ cup Apricot Kernel Oil
- 5 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
- 5 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
- 2 drops Rose Essential Oil
- 2 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Warm a dime-size amount between palms and press all over the face. It can be used morning and night.
Collagen Boosting Cream
Apply 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oils to your regular daily face cream. Mix thoroughly and apply as usual.
- 2 Tbls Coconut oil
- ¼ cup of Shea Butter
- 4 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
- 2 drops Pomegranate Essential Oil
- 2 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- 2 drops Calendula Essential Oil
- 2 drops Lemon Essential Oil
In a warm double boiler add the shea butter and coconut oil until melted. Then add all the essential oils. Remove from heat and let cool. Add to a food processor and pulse cooled oil mixture until densely whipped. Scoop whipped balm into glass jar and label.
To apply, rub finger directly over balm or scoop ½ a tsp and warm between fingers. Pat balm into targetted areas or all over the face.
I hope you enjoyed this article and you have success with using essential oils to stimulate collagen and keep your skin youthful.
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