Which facial oil is best for preventing wrinkles?
-Feb 27, Sophie Vokes-Dudgeon, Beauty -
Facial oil can seem like a counter-intuitive choice – surely oil on the face just makes it greasy and prone to spots and pimples? The truth is the exact opposite: the right oils have a very balancing effect on your face and will sort out blemishes as the skin is nourished, so functions optimally – resulting in the holy grail of midlife skin desires: fewer wrinkles and fewer breakouts!
Which facial oil should we be using on our skin and which oils are best to avoid? Lumity’s founder, Dr Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD, has done the research and our botanical Skin Nutrients Facial Oil contains a blend of 32 ingredients, each identified as the best source of specific nutrients that together provide the full range of optimal care the skin craves.
Here is a list of some of the natural facial oils that are best for preventing wrinkles.
PASSION FLOWER SEED OIL
This vitamin and mineral-rich oil has been shown to stimulate skin fibroblasts, the cells that synthesise collagen and elastin. It is a very light, thin oil, ideal for sensitive and oilier skin types.
BAOBAB SEED OIL
Cold pressed from the seed of the baobab tree, this is a revered beauty staple in Africa and and is a high-powered, vitamin-packed hydrator, rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. It is high in vitamins A and F, both vital to skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing.
Known as Africa’s beauty secret, and rich in vitamins C and E, this oil speeds healing. Its high oleic acid and phytosterol content improves strength, suppleness and firmness in the skin and its soothing and strengthening properties are ideal for sensitive skin. It’s moisturising but won’t clog your pores and is easily absorbed into the skin.
EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
This classic favourite – often taken internally to help balance hormones, is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is ideal for soothing, softening and moisturising the skin. It has a dual effect of balancing oil production while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
SESAME SEED OIL
Extracted from the humble sesame seed, this oil is rich in zinc, copper, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin K and coenzyme Q10, all important nutrients for the skin. It helps boost smoothness, elasticity and bolsters the skin’s natural barrier against environmental damage.
This oil – known as the ‘oil of tranquillity’ in India is prized for its regenerating and toning properties, perfect for keeping skin as youthful as possible. In addition it has an earthy, spicy scent which is incredibly grounding and balancing, so not only do you look more relaxed, you feel calmer too.
This oil is a close relation to frankincense and myrrh who made a name for themselves in the Christmas story. But did you know this family is renowned for its healing and rejuvenating properties? It also has a rich, exotic scent that sharpens your mind and uplifts and energises your soul.
This is an oil with astringent properties which tighten and firm the skin – perfect! distilled from the berries of a small tropical tree, native to China, this oil has has toning and refreshing qualities. It is light yellow in colour with an intense lemony aroma, which lightens into a sweeter, softer scent as the oil begins to evaporate.
Extracted from the sandalwood tree, this oil is valued for its deep scent used to promoted calm, awareness, clarity and sensuality. Its skin-conditioning properties make it perfect for wrinkle protection, helping to support smoother, more radiant skin.