Using Anti-Aging Essential Oils to Prevent Wrinkles

When we reach our 30's and 40's we want to look as young as we can for as long as we can. However, we can't halt the aging process. That is much too severe. But as we do age, we see that ever so slowly, as age creeps up on us, our skin starts to change. Fine lines appear. We start looking at the price of cosmetic surgery. We consider chemical peels. 

During this time in our lives, we also start paying attention to the things that harm our skin: We pay attention to cleansing our face ever so gently with natural moisturizers that hydrate the skin. We know the best fruits for anti-oxidants, and we include them in our diet. We start wearing hats and applying SPF products when we are in the sun. We drink less alcohol, think seriously about ways to manage our stress, and find a program to quit smoking that works. We increase our intake of water to include at least glasses of water every day. We cut out the late-night show so we can get more sleep. We check carefully for any unusual blemish, lump or change in the way the skin looks or feels. Most skin problems are not cancerous, but it is important to get checked by your doctor if you notice any suspicious changes. 

And last, but certainly not least: we look at an Essential Oil Reference Guide to find essential oils to help maintain collagen and regenerate new cells for our skin. To counteract wrinkles and dry, mature skin, essential oils are most effective when combined with nutrient packed nut and seed oils to aid in moisturizing and protecting the skin. Did you know that skin cells replenish every 28 days or so?  When you try a new product, give it at least a month to see if it works or not. 

Floral waters and facial mists are wonderful for aging skin, and are a good product to prevent the signs of aging. Use them periodically during the day to add moisture to your skin, and as a part of your nightly routine. Use them prior to applying oils. This way, you will be adding a layer of moisture to the skin surface while gently toning the skin. A very good floral water is myrtle. You can make your own facial mist by adding 15-20 drops of myrtle essential oil to 4-6 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use. The moisture in the spray will help your fingers glide easily during the facial massage. Avoid alcohol-based mists. 

There are several recipes available for skin care. We want one that we can use to massage our face and neck. Here is one for reducing wrinkles no matter what your age:

Skin Wrinkle Reducing Oil

5 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Helichrysum
5 drops Geranium
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Frankincense
1 Tbsp. Sweet Almond or Apricot Kernel carrier oil

Dilute the essential oils in the Sweet Almond carrier, put in a 1-ounce dark glass bottle. Cap the bottle and mix gently.    Label with the ingredients and instructions. Apply 2-4 drops of the blend onto your fingertips, and apply to a moistened face and neck. Work upward, gently massaging the facial tissue. Avoid pulling or over-manipulating the tissue. Be gentle. 

And now finally, here is the wrinkle prevention oil specifically for people over 30: 

Wrinkle Prevention Oil If You Are Over 30

1 Tbsp   Jojoba Oil
1 tsp      Macadamia Oil or Kukui Oil
1 tsp      Rosehip Oil
3 Drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
4 Drops Niaouli Essential Oil
3 Drops Myrtle Essential Oil
3 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
1 Drops Patchouli Essential Oil
2 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil

Combine these ingredients in a 1-ounce dark glass bottle.  Cap the bottle and mix gently. Label with the ingredients and instructions. Apply 2-4 drops of the blend onto your fingertips, and apply to a moistened face and neck. Work upward, gently massaging the facial tissue. 

Top Smudge-Proof Eye Makeup Tips

Carefully applied eye make-up can help draw attention and accentuate a woman's most prominent features. But smudged eye make-up will draw attention for all the wrong reasons. There are a few simple things you can do to have smudge proof eye makeup.  It doesn't take but a minute or two to ensure your look lasts the whole day.

smudge proof eye makeup

Start with the Eyebrows

Prepare eyebrows by brushing them into place, removing any stray hairs with tweezers and trimming them into shape using cosmetic scissors if necessary and tidy them up even further. Use clear eyebrow gel or clear mascara instead of applying a colored eyebrow pencil that can easily smudge. If you need to add a touch of color apply it lightly and use a makeup setting spray to keep it from smearing.

Keep Eyeshadow in Place

Many brands of eyeshadow have a habit of coming off before the end of the day, and some will also disappear into the crease of your eyelids.  One way to prevent this is touse an eyeshadow primer. Apply the primer to help keep the eyeshadow in place longer without having to touch it up and try to remember not to touch your eyes.

Prevent Mascara from Smudging

Mascara is particularly prone to smudging, especially if your eyes water after chopping onions or even during vigorous exercise. Start with a waterproof mascara.  An easy way to prevent mascara from smudging is to apply a thin layer of mascara to just your top eyelashes. Let the mascara dry and then apply a second coat if necessary. Or use clear mascara to accentuate your eyes without adding color that will noticeably smudge or run.

Apply Waterproof Makeup

Athletes and swimmers know the benefits of waterproof make-up, as they can continue with their sporting activities without interference. A good brand of waterproof eye makeup will help you to get through the day with confidence. But just remember to remove all traces of eye make-up by the end of the day. Otherwise, you will end up with clogged pores, and a spotty complexion when you wake up in the morning.

Use a Makeup Setting Spray

Use it after applying all of your makeup.  Spritz it lightly on your face and let it dry completely before you touch your face, it shold take less than a minute or so.  Makeup setting sprays help to hold your makeup in place, which means less touching up during the day.  It's a great investment because you end up using less makeup throughout the day.  

In summary, proper application techniques and a couple of good products can help keep eye makeup in place for hours. Be gentle with your eyebrows and apply a clear eyebrow gel or clear mascara. Use a primer to keep eyeshadow in place and to prevent it from creasing. Apply mascara on the top of eyelashes. Waterproof make-up is recommended get on with your day-to-day activities without having to worry about touching up smudges. And finally, a makeup setting spray is the finishing touch that will help gaurantee smudge-proof eye makeup.

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