Essential oils are useful for many different things, from easing anxiety and depression when digested or inhaled to battling inflammation when applied topically. Well, when applied topically, essential oils are also useful for skin tightening.
That’s right; sagging skin can be battled with these unique potent plant extracts. And in this article, we’re going to explore why that happens and which essential oils are best for tightening the skin.
Why Essential Oils Tighten Skin
This benefit or phenomenon comes from a few different traits that essential oils possess. The first being their antioxidants content.
Many essential oils contain antioxidants that, when applied to the skin, fight off free radicals. These free radicals are harmful to the body; they “hang around” looking for healthy cells to attach to.
When they do, they degenerate them, often leading to various degenerative diseases.
Now, we’re not going to get into how important antioxidants are for preventing diseases such as asthma, diabetes, senile dementia, and more.
But some of the cells they can attach to are skin cells. Effectively leading to weaker skin and more sagging.
Essential oils are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. All of which encourage the production of collagen.
Now, if you didn’t know, collagen is a protein that serves as the main building block for your skin. As you age, collagen is gradually lost or weakened, leading to less elasticity and eventually sagging skin.
So by using essential oils that promote collagen production (the ones we list below) you’re effectively bolstering up your skin.
One of the main issues with skin elasticity is your pores. Research shows a correlation between more open pores and decreased skin elasticity. Luckily, essential oils are astringent by nature, meaning they actively shrink pores.
Essential oils also promote blood circulation, thereby helping your skin regenerate cells. More cells mean a healthier complexion!
Best Essential Oils For Skin Tightening
Now that we went through how essential oils help tighten the skin, you must be dying to know which oils do so the best.
Well, these are 9 of the best essential oils for skin tightening; they check off all the boxes. They have antioxidants, they promote collagen production, and they shrink pores.
- Tea Tree
How To Use Essential Oils For Skin Tightening
Obviously, you can’t just slap them on and expect them to work. Essential oils are incredibly potent, and most of them are even dangerous for direct use (“dangerous” as in they’ll cause irritation).
So you want to dilute your essential oils, here are a few tips:
For normal skins most carrier oils will be fine, but preferably don’t use heavy ones such as coconut or jojoba oil.
For oily skins use light carrier oils such as grapeseed, rose hip, sweet almond, and apricot kernel.
For dry skins use emollient oils such as olive, jojoba, and shea oil.
Dilution & Usage
Each essential oil has its own “dilution rate,” but a good rule of thumb is to use 5-7 drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil. Mix these in a clean container and massage onto your face (preferably) after a shower.
So, we’ve given you the best essential oils for skin tightening and showed you why and how they do what they do. Are you going to try it? Let us know in the comments below!
And if you’re looking for another great essential oil that benefits the skin and may just benefit sagging skin, check out our article about amber oil.