11 Essential Oils That Will Take Years Off Your Skin

These botanical wonders can help minimize wrinkles, sun spots, and acne, and lock in major moisture, for skin that glows.

Pomegranate seed oil


The essential oil extracted from pomegranate seeds has well known anti-aging properties: It promotes cell regeneration and helps maintain skin elasticity. An omega-5 fatty acid in pomegranate seed oil called punicic acid is a powerful anti-inflammatory, delaying aging caused by damage from ultraviolet radiation. Apply the oil to skin before sun exposure to amp up the protective powers of your sunscreen. Pomegranate seed oil is also rich in ellagic acid, a natural antioxidant that’s known to be cancer-protective.
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Rosemary oil

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Rosemary essential oil can improve blood and lymph circulation and help reduce the dimpled appearance of skin commonly known as cellulite. It also helps flush out environmental toxins absorbed into the skin. Massage rosemary oil, which has anti-bacterial properties, into skin to help treat acne, and combine it with coconut oil to tighten skin, minimizing stretch marks and wrinkles. Here are the 10 anti-aging myths dermatologists need you to stop believing.
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Lavender oil


Lavender essential oil is gentle, yet powerful, not to mention fragrant. Because it promotes production of antioxidants and helps skin heal faster, it’s been widely used as a skin-protective agent for conditions ranging from minor cuts and scrapes to superficial burns. Antimicrobial action also protects the skin from scarring.
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