We all know that wrinkles are a natural part of the aging system, but apparently, many of us want to slow that process down for as long as possible. The collective desire to stay as fresh and young looking, for as long as possible, has certainly given the Cosmetic Industry a great boost with millions of dollars of anti-aging products sold each year. According to Reuters in June 2017: The Global Anti-Aging Market was worth $250 billion in 2016 and estimated to be growing at a CAGR of 5.8%, to reach $331.41 billion by 2021. Guess many people have trouble believing Jules Renard’s quote “Wrinkles are engraved smiles”.
- Age. As we get older our skins naturally become less elastic and more fragile. The decreased production of natural oils dries the skin and makes it appear more wrinkled.
- Exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) light. Ultraviolet radiation can speed up the natural aging process and is one of the primary causes of early wrinkling. Exposure to UV light breaks down the skin’s connective tissue and when that happens the skin loses strength and flexibility and starts to sag and wrinkle prematurely.
- Smoking can also accelerate the normal aging process of the skin.
- Making repeated facial expressions, like squinting or smiling will lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Each time a facial muscle is used, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin. As the skin ages and loses its flexibility, it is no longer able to spring back into place and the grooves become permanent features on your face.
- Protect your skin from the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, to be applied generously and reapplied every two hours, or more often if swimming or perspiring.
- Use products with built-in sunscreen.
Use moisturizers. While moisturizers can’t prevent wrinkles they may temporarily mask tiny lines and creases.
- Don’t Smoke
- Eat a healthy diet.
And add Essential Oils and Vegetable Carriers to your own facial products.
Essential Oils that have been found to be helpful for Wrinkles include:
Carrot Seed Daucus carota
Chamomile, German Matricaria recutita
Cistus Cistus ladanifer
Clary Sage Salvia sclarea
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
Frankincense Boswellia scara
Galbanum Ferula gummosa
Myrrh Commiphora myrrha
Palmarosa Cymbopogon martinii
Patchouli Pogostemon cablin
Rose Rosa x damascene
Carriers that have traditionally been used to help reduce or improve the appearance of wrinkles include:
Argan Argana spinosa – skin damage and premature aging.
Avocado Persea Americana – climate damaged, parched, undernourished or aging skin.
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis – preventing premature aging.
Kukui Nut Aleurites moluccanus – dry, wrinkled skin.
Mango Butter Mangifera indica L. When used in moisturizers or alone, Mango butter can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Rosehip Rosa rubiginosa – good anti-wrinkle properties.