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Healthy Living: Best Carrier Oils For Aging Skin
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Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   
Carrier oils, also called base oils, are plant or vegetable oils that are commonly used to carry the benefits of essential oils and other ingredients into the layers of skin.  Carrier oils tend to be better suited for certain skin types. This article will discuss the top carrier oils that are best for mature skin.

Avocado
Avocado oil is an excellent carrier oil because it is easily absorbed by the skin and penetrates deep into the skin. It has been shown to significantly increase the amount of collagen, which provides the skin's structural foundation. Avocado oil containes a high amount of sterolins which are known to reduce sun/age spots and help to heal scar tissue. It is a thick and heavy oil, so it is best used in conjunction with lighter feeling oils in products.

Borage
Borage oil is a perfect choice for dry, mature skin. It is rich in the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, which helps to maintain and replenish moisture in the skin. Additional essential fatty acids help keep cell membranes flexable and slow water loss from skin cells. It also contains tannins, which provide a skin tightening and toning effect. Borage oil also promotes the production of prostaglandin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps calm irritated skin.

Evening Primose

Evening Primose is extremely high is linoleic acid, which can be a very effective antioxidant. This means evening primose helps to destroy free radicals and protects skin against the damaging effects of these free radicals. Evening primose oil helps stimulate the production of collagen and boosts new cell formation. It is a good moisturizer and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Rose hip Seed
Rosehip seed oil is a potent oil for mature skin and it works to fight the signs of aging in a number of ways. It is a natural source of both vitamin C and retinols. These are known for their antioxidant properties and help protect against free radicals. It moisturizes and repairs tough, dry skin. It has been proven to increase cell turnover, which helps to fade age spots, scars, UV damage and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Rose hip seed oil absorbs easily and penetrates deep into the skin to hydrate and moisturize.

Argan Oil
Argan oil has a golden color and a slightly nutty aroma. Argan oil is a great oil for mature, aging skin. It helps decrease the wrinkles around the eyes. It has been used to help treat juvenile acne. Argan oil has anti-inflammatory activity. The combination of Argan oil and Rose hip seed oil has been recommended to help prevent stretch marks and scars.

Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil has a light texture, is non-greasy and easily absorbed into the skin. Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid. Linoleic acid strengthens the membrane around the skin cell and guards against moisture loss. Grape seed oil may help with premature aging.
 
Pat White MSN PMh NP-BC
Clinical Aromatherapist 
 
 
 

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