Improving saggy skin: what can essential oils do?

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Saggy skin can be a huge concern for many people as we age. It is a natural process that occurs due to decreased collagen and elastin production in the skin, which are proteins that are responsible for its tensile strength and elasticity. Factors like significant weight loss, prolonged sun exposure, and lifestyle habits can also contribute to skin sagging earlier than expected. While there are many commercial products available, essential oils also have the potential to help with this skin problem.

Essential oils are powerful plant extracts with various therapeutic properties, including skin-tightening effects. Let’s learn how essential oils may help improve saggy skin.

What causes saggy skin?

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Understanding the primary causes of saggy skin is important before diving into how essential oils can help.

The skin is composed of two primary proteins: collagen, which provides strength, structure, and firmness, and elastin, which gives it elasticity and allows it to bounce back into shape. And as we age, the production of these proteins decreases, leading to saggy skin.

Sun exposure can also play a significant role. UV radiation can break down collagen and elastin, resulting in premature skin sagging. Lifestyle habits like smoking and alcohol consumption can similarly impact skin health, lowering the skin’s elasticity and accelerating aging.

See related: Essential Oils in Natural Skin care

How can essential oils help?

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The many benefits of essential oils often include antioxidants, which can fight the harmful free radicals that break down collagen and elastin. Here are a few essential oils that can be beneficial for saggy skin:

1. Lemongrass essential oil

Waters Mist

Researchers found that essential oil from lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) possesses antioxidant properties [1,2]. Lemongrass essential oil was found to contain antioxidant compounds like linalool and limonene, which can help prevent oxidative damage and keep your skin healthy [3,4].

CANhaveTODAY’s Waters Mist salve contains lemongrass essential oil as a main ingredient.

2. Cinnamon essential oil

Waters Mist

Researchers found that cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) bark essential oil has antioxidant activities that can be attributed to compounds including α-pinene, limonene, linalool, and γ-terpinene [5]. This oil’s strong antioxidant properties can neutralize harmful free radicals, aiding in the prevention of skin damage and signs of aging.

CANhaveTODAY’s Waters Mist salve contains cinnamon essential oil as one of its main ingredients.

3. Arnica oil

Soothing Juggernaut

This powerful oil is loaded with antioxidants, helping the skin from environmental stressors that can lead to sagging skin and wrinkles. This oil also contains compounds like phenolics and flavonoids, which can contribute to its antioxidant properties [6].

CANhaveTODAY’s Soothing Juggernaut salve contains lemongrass essential oil as a main ingredient.

4. Cypress essential oil

Soothing Juggernaut

Cypress oil’s antioxidants may help protect the skin from harmful free radicals and assist in the management of skin damage. Researchers found that this essential oil has antioxidant components (e.g. α-pinene, β-pinene, and β-myrcene) and activities that can help protect the skin [7].

CANhaveTODAY’s Soothing Juggernaut salve contains cypress essential oil as a main ingredient.

5. Grapefruit essential oil

Sparkling Rain

Having high amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C, grapefruit oil can help fight off free radicals that cause oxidative stress and skin aging. Researchers found that this essential oil contains various antioxidant compounds, including α-pinene, β-pinene, linalool, and β-myrcene [8].

CANhaveTODAY’s Sparkling Rain moisturizer contains grapefruit essential oil as a main ingredient.

Other essential oils that possess antioxidant properties that may be beneficial to avoid saggy skin are frankincense oil, tea tree oil, myrrh oil, and bergamot oil. Before applying any essential oil to your skin, always dilute it with a carrier oil like jojoba oil to prevent irritation. But you don’t need to worry about diluting essential oils when you use CANhaveTODAY products! Waters Mist, Soothing Juggernaut, and Sparkling Rain are ready to apply with no need for dilution. We also recommended to do a patch test before applying on a larger skin area.

Remember, while essential oils offer an alternative with multiple potential skin benefits, including helping make saggy skin firm, their use can be a part of a comprehensive skin care routine. This routine should also include a balanced diet, regular exercise, sufficient hydration, careful sun exposure, and healthy lifestyle habits for skin health. Always consult an expert before starting a new skin care product, especially if you have a pre-existing skin condition.

References

[1] Del Carmen Vázquez-Briones, M., Hernández, L., & Guerrero-Beltrán, J. Á. (2015). Physicochemical and Antioxidant Properties of Cymbopogon citratus Essential Oil. Journal of Food Research4(3), 36. https://doi.org/10.5539/jfr.v4n3p36

[2] Hartatie, E. S., Prihartini, I., Widodo, W., & Wahyudi, A. (2019). Bioactive Compounds of Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) essential oil from different parts of the plant and distillation methods as natural antioxidant in broiler meat. IOP Conference Series532(1), 012018. https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899x/532/1/012018

[3] Gunaseelan, S., Balupillai, A., Kanimozhi, G., Karthikeyan, R., Muthusamy, G., Shanmugam, M., Radhiga, T., Robert, B. M., Prasad, N. R., Ponniresan, V. K., & Rathinaraj, P. (2017). Linalool prevents oxidative stress activated protein kinases in single UVB-exposed human skin cells. PLOS ONE12(5), e0176699. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176699

[4] Kumar, K. J. S., Vani, M. G., & Wang, S. (2022). Limonene protects human skin keratinocytes against UVB‐induced photodamage and photoaging by activating the Nrf2‐dependent antioxidant defense system. Environmental Toxicology37(12), 2897–2909. https://doi.org/10.1002/tox.23646

[5] Behbahani, B. A., Falah, F., Arab, F. L., Vasiee, M., & Yazdi, F. T. (2020). Chemical Composition and Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, and Antiproliferative Activities of Cinnamomum zeylanicum Bark Essential Oil. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine2020, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/5190603

[6] Gawlik-Dziki, U., Swieca, M., Sugier, D., & Cichocka, J. (2023). Seeds of Arnica montana and Arnica chamissonis as a potential source of natural antioxidants. ResearchGatehttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/268384479_Seeds_of_Arnica_montana_and_Arnica_chamissonis_as_a_potential_source_of_natural_antioxidants

[7] Nouri, A. B., Dhifi, W., Bellili, S., Ghazghazi, H., Aouadhi, C., Chérif, A., Hammami, M., & Mnif, W. (2015). Chemical Composition, Antioxidant Potential, and Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oil Cones of TunisianCupressus sempervirensJournal of Chemistry2015, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/538929

[8] Deng, W., Liu, K., Cao, S., Sun, J., Zhong, B., & Chun, J. (2020). Chemical composition, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antiproliferative properties of grapefruit essential oil prepared by molecular distillation. Molecules25(1), 217. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25010217

FAQ

What are the causes of saggy skin?

Aging or exposure to sunlight can cause skin aging, which leads to the sagging of skin. This is due to the production of toxic chemicals (free radicals) that damage the skin.

Can essential oils help with saggy skin?

Essential oils contain antioxidant properties, which can help neutralize the free radicals that cause saggy skin.

What essential oils can help with saggy skin?

The essential oils from lemongrass, cinnamon, arnica, cypress, and grapefruit possess excellent antioxidant properties that may be helpful in preventing saggy skin.

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