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The 10 best essential oils for collagen growth (with 2 amazing facial oils!)

Essential oils for collagen growth

The best essential oils for collagen growth are;

  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Clary sage
  • Carrot seed
  • Jasmine
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Frankincense
  • Rose
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how do essential oils work for collagen growth?

Essential oils are the pure oils that are extracted from flowers, fruits, herbs, and trees. The molecules in the oils are so fine that, unlike many usual skincare products, they can be absorbed through the skin to reach the lower layers. Along with this, they have therapeutic actions such as being antioxidants, stimulating circulation, and encouraging cell turnover. So while essential oils can’t physically stimulate our actual collagen fibres to reproduce, these actions can help to encourage collagen growth by reducing free radicals and bringing fresh blood supply to the collagen fibres.

Antioxidant essential oils

Various studies show that rosemary, lemon, clary sage, and carrot are all effective anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are molecules that fight and destroy free radicals which are substances that can cause harm to the body, including cell damage, lowered immunity, and potential disease if their levels get too high.

We can get antioxidants from a healthy diet, however using them topically on the skin can help to prevent cell damage in the skin and give us protection from outside elements, along with preventing unnecessary damage to the collagen in the skin.

Cell regenerating essential oils

Neroli, jasmine, mandarin, and patchouli are all effective at encouraging cell renewal within the skin. This means the lower layers of the epidermis are stimulated to regenerate more effectively and bring fresher, brighter cells to the surface. This also helps wrinkles appear reduced. This is particularly useful in more mature skins because as we age, the cell regeneration in the skin slows down.

Rejuvenating essential oils

Frankincense and rose are rejuvenating and hydrating for the skin and can help to smooth wrinkles and reduce inflammation or high colour.

carrier oils for collagen growth

Essential oils shouldn’t be used neat on the skin, so you will need a carrier oil to dilute them into before application. These can also be extremely useful for hydrating and nourishing the skin, along with bringing their own antioxidant properties.

Rosehip oil

Rosehip is wonderful for the skin. It is highly nourishing and hydrating and due to its high vitamin content, it enhances the repair of sun-damaged skin. In addition, a 2015 study shows that it can help to inhibit the enzyme that breaks down collagen.

Apricot kernel oil

Its high content of essential fatty acids and vitamins makes apricot kernel oil an ideal carrier oil to add to an anti-aging facial blend. It will be highly nourishing, soothing, and smoothing as well as bring anti-oxidant qualities.

Pumpkin seed oil

The high content of fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins helps make pumpkin seed oil an excellent oil for the skin. It will help to balance the skin and reduce free radicals that can cause cell damage to the skin, which can cause premature ageing.

Apricot kernel, rosehip and pumpkin seed oil sitting a shelf.

how to use essential oils for collagen growth

The most effective way to use essential oils for collagen growth and their varied and beneficial actions on skin ageing is to create a facial oil. This can be used daily to ensure great skin hydration, nourishment and to encourage collagen growth. Massage the oil into the skin and you will also stimulate blood circulation which will help feed the collagen fibres in the skin.

Facial oil for collagen growth recipes

You can add a few drops of any of the essential oils we have discussed to your chosen carrier oil and massage it into the skin, however, the following blends, work particularly well together and give the best chance of collagen growth and younger-looking skin.

  • 30ml Rosehip oil
  • 4 drops Rosemary
  • 4 drops Mandarin
  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 15ml Apricot kernel oil
  • 15ml Pumpkin oil
  • 4 drops Clary sage
  • 4 drops Jasmine
  • 4 drops Carrot seed

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About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, that has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.