#10: Argan Oil
Argan oil has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, even though it is a somewhat elusive oil, being that is derived from a single tree found in Morocco.
Being comprised of approximately 80% fatty acids and rich in antioxidants, Argan oil offers several anti-aging and free radical destroying benefits for your skin.
The Vitamin E and Vitamin A found in Argan oil help to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and saggy skin. The oil also has a powerful moisturizing effect – something you’ll notice almost immediately after applying it topically to your skin.
Argan oil is also unique in that it helps to protect your skin from environmental factors, namely the sun. When applied to you skin, Argain oil can help reduce the oxidative damage of UV rays.
#9: Olive Oil
Olive Oil is one of the most powerful natural oils in the quest for healthier, younger-looking skin. It’s rich in Vitamins E and A and loaded with powerful antioxidants that help fight free radical damage.
When applied to your skin, olive oil helps to boost the natural production of collagen. Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity, so by promoting its production, you’ll help to reduce wrinkles.
When you eat olive oil – such as in a salad dressing – it helps protect your body from age-related diseases such as ulcers and osteoporosis. It truly is a super-oil!
A study published in Public Library of Science ONE in 2012 found that monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil help reduce insulin resistance, oxidative stress, and other, related inflammatory issues. Therefore, they concluded that it serves to protect the skin against photo-aging from overexposure to the sun or other types of UV exposure.
#8: Coconut Oil
Coconut oil helps to boost our natural production and replacement of collagen, which in turns helps to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging such as age spots.
Because it’s loaded with antioxidants, coconut oil can help to prevent skin damage from free radicals by naturally nourishing the skin to keep it healthy.
Coconut oil can also be used to treat psoriasis and chronically-dry skin. A study published in the American Journal of Contact Dermatitis in 2004 found coconut oil to be as effective and safe as mineral oil when used as a moisturizer.
As an added bonus, coconut oil also acts as a natural sunscreen, helping to prevent the damage of oxidative stress caused by overexposure to the sun and its harmful UV rays – one of the biggest factors in premature aging of the skin.
#7: Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is considered to be one of the most hydrating oils in the world, providing numerous healthy benefits to your skin to keep it looking younger and reducing signs of aging.
Because it is a natural emollient, jojoba oil helps prevent skin irritation and dry, flaky, itchy skin. It’s a natural skin moisturizer and one that you can use daily for healthier, happier skin.
Jojoba can also be applied to wounds including scrapes and cuts, as it helps to accelerate the healing process.
Since the texture of jojoba oil is non-greasy, it can be used on all skin types. If you’re sensitive to skin care products or natural skin treatments, try jojoba oil, as it won’t aggravate sensitive or acne-prone skin.
#6: Almond Oil
Almond oil can be effective in delaying the aging process of the skin, giving it a more outwardly healthy and younger-looking appearance. It also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
The Vitamin E and Vitamin K found in almond oil help the skin to regenerate its elasticity and also promote better circulation.
To get the benefits of almond oil, gently massage it into your skin after taking a shower or bath. You can get additional benefits of almond oil by taking it internally – either by adding a few drops into your tea, or sneaking it into your morning smoothie.
Almond oil can also be used as a natural sunscreen. It helps to protect the skin from overexposure to harmful UV rays from the sun, and it doesn’t contain any chemicals like many of the sunscreens found on the shelves of your local pharmacy.
#5: Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is a sweet smelling scent that most of us would recognize. It’s one of the most popular ingredients in commercial skin care products, not just for its sweet smell, but for its wonderful benefits to your skin.
The high antioxidant content of lavender oil protects your skin from damaging free radicals that can build up as a result of environmental toxins and dangerous UV rays from the sun.
Lavender oil also has antifungal and antispetic properties which enable it to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne.
To get the most out of lavender oil, mix in 4-6 drops with aloe vera gel and apply it to your skin daily. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to some warm water and use it to wash your face. You’ll smell great and your skin will thank you!
#4: Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate seed oil is another type of oil that has several anti-aging benefits for your skin. It’s loaded with antioxidants, which means it can help to fight and repair damaged caused by out-of-control free radicals. The prevalence of free radicals is often due to environmental factors, including overexposure to the sun.
Pomegranate seed oil works by strengthening the outer layers of the skin (known as the epidermis) and by repairing the deeper layers of the skin (known as the dermis).
This amazing oil also helps boost the production of collagen, which gives skin more elasticity and helps to prevent and eliminate wrinkles. To take advantage of the benefits of pomegranate seed oil, simply massage it into your skin once a day. It will quickly be absorbed and help to moisturize your skin almost immediately.
A study published in Experimental Dermatology in 2010 details the photo chemo preventive effect of skin products that were derived form pomegranates.
#3: Avocado Oil
Eating avocados – which are loaded with healthy fats and key vitamins and minerals – is a very healthy habit. But did you know directly applying avocado oil onto your skin can have healthy benefits, too?
Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E, which when applied topically to your skin, can help to reverse skin damage as a result of aging. The high levels of protein and healthy, unsaturated fats in avocado oil can also help to reduce age spots, wrinkles and even saggy skin.
Avocado oil is particularly healthy for people with dry, wrinkly skin. The vitamins help to regenerate dead skin cells, keep your skin hydrated as well as keep existing skin cells in good shape.
#2: Neem Oil
Neem Oil has long been prized for it’s anti-aging and health-promoting effects on our bodies.
Neem Oil is rich in Vitamin E and polyunsatured fatty acids, both of which help to rejuvenate skin cells and help restore elasticity to your skin. Vitamin E specifically helps to reduce age spots, wrinkles and the appearance of fine lines, thanks to its emollient effect.
Since Neem oil has antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, it also helps protect your skin from environmental toxins, including too much sun.
#1: Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ oil is loading with skin-regenerating properties that can help your skin appear smoother and healthier for years to come.
Since the oil helps to promote hydration, your skin will be better equipped to naturally rejuvenate dead skin cells by eliminating dry skin.
Wheat germ oil is rich in both Vitamin A and Vitamin E – two key vitamins for healthy skin. It’s also loaded with powerful antioxidants that help control and eliminate free radicals throughout your body which can cause damage to your skin.
A study published in Pharmacognosy Research in 2010 concluded that topical formulas containing wheat germ oil and aloe vera extract produced greater levels of skin hydration as compared to those containing each ingredient separately.