Rosehip oil is a favorite for mature skin, and has a long list of nourishing benefits. Non-greasy and easily absorbable, rosehip oil is full of beta carotene: a form of Vitamin A that increases skin cell turnover to reveal youthful and glowing skin beneath, and protects the skin from future oxidative damage. Vitamin E adds a hefty dose of super nourishing essential fatty acids, which protect the skin’s natural lipid layer, encouraging the retention of H20 for smoother and plumper skin. The chemical structure of rosehip oil is naturally healing, rich in oleic, palmitic, linoleic and gamma linolenic acid, all of which are essential building blocks for ceramides. Ceramides are the lipids that make up the structure of skin cells, holding them together to make a protective layer that limits moisture loss. Because of these chemical structural benefits, rosehip oil is nature’s readymade anti-aging allstar.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot Seed oil is another antioxidant packed facial oil, also packed with beta carotene as well as a hefty punch of vitamin K. Vitamin K is especially helpful for aging skin, because it plays a vital role in collagen synthesis, helping to heal damaged skin and reduce the depth and severity of existing fine lines. It’s also rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant proven to reduce sun damage, reverse the effects of sun on the skin, and fade hyperpigmentation caused by past UV damage. And if you’re battling with mature skin that still gets the occasional adult acne or hormonal blemish, carrot seed oil is a non-comedogenic option with antibacterial properties that will help you treat inflammation and banish acne scarring. Overall, it’s a multi-purpose oil and a skin savior for older combination skin.
Jojoba oil is a well loved oil, and is lauded for its unique skin emulating properties. Its consistency is that of an odorless wax, with a chemical structure similar to that found in the skin’s naturally occuring lipid barrier. This makes it an incredible facial oil to use for mature skin or any skin whose lipid barrier has weakened over time due to a combination of environmental exposure or longtime use of harsh chemical laden products.
Known as a superfood for the skin, Jojoba oil is effective at generating longer lasting moisture than other oils, so it’s a great AM oil to use for all-day skin protection. It’s also chalk full of minerals like chromium, copper and zinc, all of which protect skin from environmental stressors and keep it balanced and structurally strong. Everyday use will significantly reduce any signs of aging that arise out of clinical dryness, so this is a particularly good choice to use as a winter time facial oil.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate seed oil is a proven skin rejuvenator with a host of benefits that decrease signs of aging. Prized for its high antioxidant content, it protects skin from oxidative damage and encourages the production of new skin cells. It’s also been found to stimulate the production of keratinocytes, the large cells that make up our skin’s outer layer. This means that pomegranate seed oil promotes a strong and stable epidermis that’s able to filter out toxins and retain moisture. It’s also high in punicic acid, a potent antioxidant that supports cellular regeneration and promotes elasticity of the skin. The takeaway? Pomegranate seed oil is the facial oil to turn to when it comes to retexturizing to achieve smoother and denser skin.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is a great carrier oil. It’s mild enough to be used in high concentrations, and can be used to dilute more potent oils like bergamot or tea tree. Applied topically, it’s a fundamental must-have for basic skin protection, providing UV protection and a reduction in sunburn cell formation (and because of this it’s a deterrent to skin cancer). With its rich and thick texture, Vitamin E is an ultra nourishing treatment for dry and flaky skin, which becomes more of an issue as skin ages and is less able to regulate its oil production. Plus its anti-inflammatory properties mean that it’s a super soothing remedy for redness or chapped skin in the winter.
Another great carrier oil, argan oil has been used for centuries as an anti-aging tonic. High in antioxidant properties, it’s considered to be an ultra effective anti-aging remedy. It can be used on the face, as well as hands and body to drastically reduce hyperpigmentation and dullness. Its high linoleic acid content increases skin’s elasticity, while also tightening pores, making it another excellent choice for mature skin that has combination issues or adult acne. Since it’s also a soothing carrier oil, you can try diluting slightly more active oil varieties into an argan-based formula (lemon or bergamot for brightening, or grapeseed oil for an additional antioxidant kick).
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