" Rose essential oil and absolute contain powerful antioxidants such as polyphenolics, flavonoids, and anthocyanins."
Many plants contain aromatic compounds known as essential oils. Studies showed that some of these essential oils are very high in antioxidants, substances that prevent free radicals to damage living cells in our body. Our skin's ability to repair damaged cells declines with age. Antioxidants in essential oils can slow down the skin's ageing, renew damaged cells and reduce the look of wrinkles and lines. As an anti-ageing scientist who has been using aromatherapy for more than 20 years, here are my five best anti-wrinkle essential oils:
1. Rosa Damascena (Rose)
Rose essential oil and absolute contain powerful antioxidants such as polyphenolics, flavonoids, and anthocyanins. There are more than 300 phyto-compounds found in rose extract, many of those are phyto-antioxidants. These phyto-antioxidants protect skin cells from free radicals and environmental damage.
Up to 3,000 kg of rose petals are needed to produce 1 kg of essential oil or absolute. As one of the most precious and luxurious essential oils, rose absolute is one of my favourite skincare ingredients to slow down the signs of ageing, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, soothe sensitive and environmentally-stressed skin.
Rose absolute is one of the active ingredients in the award-winning Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream, the ultimate anti-wrinkle cream which also restores skin's radiance, elasticity and firmness.
" It slides onto skin as smoothly as silk and leaves your face feeling plumped-up. You'll be amazed with the wrinkle-free results!"
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2. Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense)
Frankincense essential oil contains alpha-pinene, a compound which studies have shown to be beneficial for the skin's health. Frankincense essential oil speeds up the cellular renewal process, rejuvenates skin cells and reduces the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, lines and sagging skin.
Lavender and frankincense essential oils are two of the many active ingredients in multi-award winning Antioxidant Youthful Essence, a supreme brightening radiance serum to even out complexion, boost skin radiance, refine pores and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and blemishes.
" This is amazing! I noticed a difference round my eyes after the first application. My skin felt tighter and firmer after just a couple of days."
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3. Matricaria Recutita (Blue Chamomile)
Blue chamomile essential oil contains chamazulene, alpha bisabolol and bisabolol oxides, three powerful antioxidants with excellent skin-rejuvenating properties. Bisabolol is also well known for its soothing effects, particularly good to calm sensitive skin.
4. Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood)
Rosewood essential oil contains linalool, a compound which has great anti-microbial and antioxidative properties. Studies showed that linalool prevents oxidative stress in the skin due to UVB exposure. It helps protect skin cells from sun-induced damage.
Blue chamomile, rosewood, rose and frankincense essential oils are four of the 16 active ingredients in Bio-Collagen Face Oil.
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5. Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender)
Studies showed that lavender essential oil has muscle relaxing, antifungal, antimicrobial and skin-soothing properties. Lavender calms sensitive skin. Just like rose and rosewood essential oils, lavender essential oil contains linalool which helps prevent UV-induced skin damage. In aromatherapy, lavender essential oil is often used to reduce depression and anxiety.
The Best Use of Essential Oils
As an anti-ageing scientist who studied at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London; I love essential oils. They are among the best ingredients for beauty and wellbeing products. However, don't apply any essential oil directly to the skin. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts that should be carefully incorporated into skincare formulas to maximise their anti-ageing effects. If you are looking for the ultimate anti-ageing serum, try the award-winning Bio-Collagen Serum.
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Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
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