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The Best Products for Aging Skin

Beauty is only skin deep. You know that, we know that, but still—there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look as good as you feel.  And while none of us can turn back the unstoppable hands of time, a lot of us still spend a whole lot of that time trying.

So to save you some time, we’ve compiled a run-down of some of the best products you can use for skin you want to help freshen up!

Older woman riding bike happily outdoors with pink roses in the backgroundFrankincense, Myrrh, & Elemi

In general, resin-based oils are great for reducing the appearance of scars and supporting healthy tissue regrowth [1]. Frankincense (all varieties), Myrrh, and Elemi have wonderful skin care benefits that include supporting aged and dry complexions, balancing sebum (the natural oil your body produces), and reducing the appearance of wrinkles [2]. This makes them each a great choice to help rejuvenate dull or mature skin!

To restore healthy, younger-looking skin, dilute Elemi, Frankincense, or Myrrh to 1% in your favorite carrier oil and apply to your face. Or, if you’re looking for a super powerful anti-aging blend, try 2 drops each of Elemi, Lavender, and Neroli to 4 teaspoons of our Younger Glo Carrier Oil Blend.

Geranium Egyptian

Geranium Egyptian Essential Oil Plant Therapy

Well-known for the ability to help tone skin and revitalize complexion, Geranium Egyptian is excellent for mature skin. Its skin-balancing properties are tough enough to help with blemishes, dryness, and the appearance of wrinkles, but gentle enough for thin and sensitive skin. It works to help balance the production of sebum, which is the natural oil that helps keep skin supple.

To help improve the overall skin complexion on your face, just take a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil, face wash, or lotion and add one single drop of Geranium Egyptian. Apply a pea-sized amount it to a clean face in the evenings.

Learn more at 4 Ways to Use Geranium Egyptian.

Ylang Ylang Complete

Ylang Ylang Complete from Plant Therapy

This exotic, floral essential oil is known for its ability to help prevent the signs of aging and even help promote the development of healthy skin [3]. It has a sebum-balancing effect that is great for all skin types and has a long history of traditional use to nourish and rejuvenate skin [4].

A quick and easy way to enjoy the benefits of Ylang Ylang Complete for your skincare is to use it in a steam facial. To do this, add a single drop of Ylang Ylang into a bowl of hot, but not boiling, water and hover your face above the bowl for a few minutes. The skin-nourishing properties Ylang Ylang will infuse your skin, helping support a youthful complexion while also giving your skin a lovely sweet scent.

Learn more at Our Top 4 Ways to Use Ylang Ylang Complete

Woman's hand rubbing lotion on other handCarrot Seed

We can’t talk about essential oils that are great for mature skin without mentioning Carrot Seed. While the aroma is a bit less than desired (this isn’t something you’ll want to put solo in your diffuser!), it is a great option to help breathe life into dull skin. Carrot Seed is rich in carotenoids, which is wonderfully supportive of aging skin and overall skin tone [5].

If you’re not excited about wearing the Carrot Seed scent on your face, try blending it with essential oils that are able to tone it down a bit, like Ylang Ylang! Our Fountain of Youth Face Serum combines both of those essential oils, along with Frankincense Frereana, for a serum that rejuvenates and moisturizes mature skin.

Rose Absolute

For dehydrated, dull, mature skin, Rose is the way to go! Rose Absolute is wonderful to soothe and moisturize all skin types. It can soothe inflammation by constricting capillaries, which make it ideal for dealing with thread veins (commonly referred to as “spider veins”). For facial and neck applications, make sure to dilute to 1% in a carrier oil. One drop of Rose Absolute and two drops of Frankincense Frereana with 2 teaspoons (10 mL) of a carrier makes an excellent supportive and fragrant serum for the face and neck.

Learn more at Our Top 4 Ways to Use Rose Absolute

Avocado Carrier Oil

Avocado Carrier Oil contains vitamins A, B, D, E, and beta carotene. This penetrating monounsaturated oil is a bit thicker than most carrier oils and is often added to other carriers rather than used alone. Only a small amount of Avocado Oil is needed to enrich the vitamin content of other carriers and is excellent for mature, dry, and sun-damaged skin.

Camellia Seed Carrier Oil

To help protect skin from free radical damage while nourishing mature skin, Camellia Seed is a great place to start! It absorbs quickly into the skin and is rich in antioxidants that help to revitalize and rejuvenate skin.

To learn more about carrier oils, check out our in-depth look at each one we carry at A Deep Dive Into Carrier Oils.

essential oils can benefit dry skin

Younger Glo Carrier Oil Blend

This aptly named carrier oil blend was designed especially for everyone who wants to support skin showing signs of aging. This blend contains the powerful oils of Sesame Seed, Organic Sunflower, Camellia Seed, Rosehip, Organic Argan, and vitamin E. It helps to gradually reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while supporting a gorgeous glow!

Near Perfection Carrier Oil Blend

Another wonderfully supportive carrier oil blend, Near Perfection, helps make your skin just that—near perfection! You’ll love its blend of Almond, Jojoba, Avocado, Tamanu, and vitamin E. It helps to reduce the appearance of marks and imperfections on the skin. And helps soften, condition, and balance dry, aging skin.

Apply these carrier oil blends on at 100% strength or add skin-loving essential oils to it to add a bit of power!

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Need more inspiration and information on what products to turn to for aging skin? Head over to our Safe Essential Oil Recipes Facebook group!


[1] Elemi Essential Oil Spotlight. Retrieved from

[2]. Orchard, A., & van Vuuren, S. (2017). Commercial Essential Oils as Potential Antimicrobials to Treat Skin Diseases. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2017, 4517971.

[3] Leelapornpisid, P., Wickette, R., Chansakaow, S., & Wongwattananukul, N. (2015). Potential of native Thai aromatic plant extracts in antiwrinkle body creams. Retrieved from

[4] Mojay, G. (2005). Aromatherapy for healing the spirit: A guide to restoring emotional and mental balance through essential oils. London: Gaia. Pg. 128.

[5] Juturu, V., Bowman, J. P., & Deshpande, J. (2016). Overall skin tone and skin-lightening-improving effects with oral supplementation of lutein and zeaxanthin isomers: a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 9, 325-332. doi:10.2147/CCID.S115519


114 thoughts on “The Best Products for Aging Skin”

  • I would like to use this blend above but what can I substitute for Elemi? I really like Francencinse Ferrera, Sea Fennel & Blood Orange with Younger Glo and/or Coco FCO or Jojoba ?

  • This article is just what I need! I’m trying to beat father time and wondered what pills would help. I have all of these mentioned, now to figure out which to use.

  • I’ve neglected my skin for about 5 years now, and am excited with all I’ve been reading. I am most excited about the fact that I can create my own skin care using all natural ingredients that are truly natural. My head is swimming with all this information! I am so excited and cannot wait for my first box to arrive!!

  • Thank you for all this information! This has helped me! And thank you for letting us pin these too so I may go back and read again! 🙂

  • I have referred to this content on several occasions in order to build a great skin care regime. My skin feels and looks much better since adding several of these oils. Thanks for the great info.

  • I have most of these essential oils so I’m going to try and create my own anti-aging formula. I do have PT’s Anti Age & love it but sometimes just want another scent.

  • These oils really work! I purchased several of the recommended oils and used Younger Glo as my carrier oil to make my own face serum. Now that i’ve been using it a couple of months, i can definitely see a difference. My skin is much softer and i think my forehead wrinkles are less noticeable. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

    1. I would love if you could share your recipe using Younger Glo! I am interested in making my own moisture cream but haven’t found a recipe I really like yet.
      Thank you for sharing with us your comments.

      Jerri Madison

  • I am looking for something to put on forearms. Sun damage, dry spots and age spots need some help. I know they won’t go away…hoping to use the blend here for a smoother look.

  • So excited that I have most of these oils already! I put them into a carrier and noticed a difference right away!

  • Great information, thank you! Anyone add these to lotions instead of carrier oils? Any you would recommend?

  • This is great information–at what point in beauty routine do you use the oils? Before or after moisturizer?

  • Thank you! I have a mix of Carrot seed and Myrrh in younger glo carrier oil and have been wanting something else to alternate between. Looks like I will try a Elemi and Geranium Egyptian mix also!

  • I have bought younger glo and it works wonders on my scars. I would definitely try the others mentioned here. thanks PT for such informative blogs

  • Thanks for the suggestion of frankincense, myrrh, and elemi together as a facial blend for mature skin. I’ll give it a try.

  • While I have yet to find a carrier oil that agrees with my sensitive, extra oily skin, I have had great luck putting frankincense in my store bought moisturizer. I plan to alternate with Helichrysum to see how that works. Thank you PT!

  • I have used near perfection and, younger glo for an awesome mix if carriers. I added geranium and juniper, for healing and several other oils that are good for maturing faces and my skin if softer than it has been in years. It has corrected an area that was red. I also see my lines getting softer. I am just amazed at how much benefit I am seeing with my oils!!!!

  • Thanks for this deeper dive look at anti-aging products. I recently purchased the Younger Glo carrier oil and have been using it with an eo blend and I love it! I even use it the morning, my skin loves the oil and it does not leave me shiny at all.

  • I find that these blogs are very useful and give me so many ideas that are endless there are so many things I want to try especially these ideas for ani aging

  • Trying to decide which of these I should get first I have Frankincense and need something for dark spots….hmmm.

  • I just recently bought Younger Glo and Age Defy and I love the way they make my skin feel. I am only 38 and dont look it but I felt that it was time to start taking care of my skin. I have been using Tea Tree and Rose hydrosols in the morning along with a spf moisturizer but Inwanted to add something to my night routine.

  • I have recently started incorporating some EO’s into my skin care routine. Thanks for the information and benefits for specific EO’s for skin care.

  • Now that I’m 35, I ‘m starting to worry more about fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve always taken good care of my skin, but I’m beginning to need some help with signs of aging. Thank you for this article. It helped me decide on the next products to try. Younger Glo is on my wish list and I’m about to add Rose and Elemi!!

  • I have the Argan oil on order and want to use Frankincense, Myrrh, and Elemi in a blend for my face. I have some scars from shingles to see if this blend will help. Thanks for the info!

  • Thanks for the info. I’ve already started using some of the EO/CO’s for my Mother, in her late nineties, to help with skin problems & after just a week I started seeing results, 2 weeks dramatic improvement. I have a number of the oils mentioned plus some others- roshehip, sesame, argan, jojoba, grapeseed, castor, vitamin e, almond, apricot kernel & fco & am trying to figure out how to know which are the best combos & how many to put together at once & the same thing with the EO’s too. Also would like to make into a face cream instead of oil so it wouldn’t be so ‘greasy’ on her face. I got beeswax, shea butter & cocoa butter, again, which to use & how many & how much of each, etc. I have all the EO’s mentioned above & then some, except the Myrrh. Elemi’s on order & I have the Frankincense Cateri, reg & CO2 (recommended by someone at PT when I wrote & asked about Franks) I also have Blue Tansy & Helichrysum Petiolare I read about as well as your Lavender Fine & Indian Sandalwood. How do I decide which are the best or what combos? which EO’s go best with which CO’s etc? One I want for extremely drys skin with rough cracked moles body & for face & in the face one also for red blotches on cheeks & nose – likely broken capillaries from too much sun exposure over years? Those for late 90’s and then for ‘younger’ skin late 50’s for helping with appearance & wrinkles, face but still can break out and for neck hands, etc. for age spots. Recommend any good books for figuring out recipes & proportions? A comphrehensive one that covers diffusing and EO perfumes – alcohol & oil based would be great. I don’t want to over do or under do! Thanks!

    1. Nina, it is hard to answer the question “how do I decide which are the best or what combos?” because everyone reacts to oils in their own unique way. While we do know the oils and carriers that are generally great for certain situations, I can’t say for certain the ones that would be better than the rest for your situation because it depends so much on your own preferences and body chemistry. I hope a good search through our blog will help you find some of the answers you are looking for, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] to discuss your particular situation one-on-one. Also, if you have access to Facebook, we have a fantastic group called Safe Essential Oil Recipes. It has tens of thousands of active members that provide their experiences and recipes, plus it is moderated by our own certified aromatherapists to ensure the information given is safe and the environment is kind 🙂

  • I have most of these oils, I just need to get the carrier oils and I can make some wonderful skincare products. Thanks PT!

  • Ooh I’m excited to try some of those!! I have ylang ylang but not ylang ylang complete… does that matter?

    1. No worries, Tina; both Ylang Ylang’s share similar therapeutic properties and are fine to use interchangeably 🙂

  • I already use frankincense and Rose absolute, and occasionally the tiniest bit of Jasmine( the fragrance is so strong, I can’t use it too much) I will be book marking this article for reference! It will be fun to try different oils in my homemade products

  • I started using PT products two years ago. Younger Glo and Frankincense Carteri are part of my anti-aging arsenal. I’m 44, but many say I look like I’m in my early 30s or late 20s. Thanks, PT!

  • I have Plant Therapy to thank for teaching me that it’s not scary to use oils on my face. I found PT in 2017 and began oil cleansing and using carriers with EO blends then. After YEARS of washing my face to the point of stripping out all the oils, I finally know that what I needed to do was find the right carriers and essential oils for my skin type (dry, mature) and love my skin back to health. This is a great article!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Rhonda! I think a lot of us ladies go through what you mentioned–overwashing in an attempt to keep our skin looking its best, but ultimately just stripping away what our skin really needs to stay healthy. That’s why I love carrier oils so much; they’ve made a tremendous difference for my own skin and I’m always so excited to hear when they’ve helped someone else, too 🙂

  • I bought younger glo as an add on. I really enjoy the way it makes my skin glow. I have added several of these oils to it and my skin is incredibly soft. The best thing is how much it shrunk my pores and minimized the wrinkles around my eyes

  • I enjoyed reading this post. As I am coming up on my 50th birthday…skincare has taken on a whole new meaning. I recently acquired the carrot seed oil. I am giving it a shot with the camellia carrier oil.

  • Very informative article. I love formulating facial serums and my favorite EO’saman are Rose, Carrot seed and Frankincense. I’m looking to change it up a little and this is great information. I look forward to trying Geranium and YlangYlang. Thank you.

  • I’m learning so much from these blogs and I cant wait to get started on making face creams for my face!! Thank you!

  • Thanks for the info i wonder if hemp seed would be a good carrier oil for the face serum? Would it be better to use night or morning?

    1. Marie, Hemp Seed is fantastic for a face serum! I would personally use it in the evening because the oil is a bit thick and has a distinct nutty aroma, but it is up to your own personal preference 🙂

  • This is super helpful. I’ve been looking for more natural skin care alternatives. And I love that these would be way less expensive than the “natural” skin care lines in the stores.

  • I love Younger Glo with Geranium Bourbon and Elemi. I can’t wait to try these other combinations too!

  • Wonderful information! I have several of these oils and am looking forward to ussing them as you suggest. Thank you so much.

  • I have frank, rose, elemi, ylang ylang, geranium, amyris I just dont know where to start! I also have younger glo! I would love some recipes using these oils for my face!

  • I use most of these essential oils on my face daily. I LOVE THEM!!! I have to agree about the carrot seed oil. I really don’t like the scent, but ylang ylang and rose absolute cover it pretty well. I also don’t really care for the scent of geranium eo, but I do like the results. Thank you for introducing me to some new carrier oils. I will have to give them a try.

  • Great article! I have a few of these oils on hand so I’m going to make a face serum roller! Thank you !

  • These ideas/recipes are great. I’m adding Rose Absolute to my wish list.
    Also, I currently feel most of my mature skin is elsewhere on my body. Are there some DIYs for other maturing skin issues, such as “crape-y” skin on the knees? 🙂

  • I probably need younger glo, but just not ready to fully admit that yet. This post is so great for beginners though & I’m adding things to my list as usual!

  • Near Perfection carrier oil is my absolute favorite that I use to make my own moisturizer. I usually add Frankincense but I’m going to use some others listed here also! Thanks!!

  • I ordered everything on this blog the other day and can’t wait for it to get here!! I will be making an array of facial products in addition to the Younger Glo/ Fantastic Franks im currently living!

  • I can’t wait to try Younger Glo. I use frank at night but I can’t wait to add this to my routine!

  • I have been using coconut oil (not knowing there were other options) in my face serum, with good success. I’m looking forward to using younger glo in my next blend for (hopefully) better results. Can lemon eo be added to the suggested blends? Or is it best to do a separate roller for hyperpigmentation?

    1. Roby, Lemon EO can be used safely as long as its dilution is no higher than 2%. Or, you can use Lemon Steam Distilled, which has no phototoxic concerns but provides similar therapeutic and aromatic qualities 🙂

  • Thank you for this! I don’t personally like the younger glo oil but I am excited to try some of the essential oils in my own face cream!

  • I have been looking into using oils for aging. This blog post gave great insight into where to start! Can’t wait to try some of these ideas!

  • I have been using PT’s frankincense, geranium and ylang ylang in Jojoba CO for 2 years now (moisturizer at night), and my skin has never looked better. I recently started OCM using Near Perfection, and I couldn’t be happier. I wish I discovered EO’s in my 20’s!

  • Great post. Near perfection is arriving today and I can’t wait to get started. I already have ylang ylang frankincense and rose. Yay

  • Oooh. I have Frank, Myrrh, and Elemi but never thought of mixing them together. Definitely going to give this a try!

  • Hmm very interesting! I have a Geranium oil, but it’s not Egyptian. Does it have to be that one exactly, or would the other geraniums work too?

    1. The other varieties of geranium work as well, we just like to highlight the ones that are slightly better known for a certain issue 🙂

  • I love these tips! Thank you for such helpful information and providing multiple EO combinations to choose from!

  • These are great oils. I love the younger glo! I have mixed many of these oils and love them. I really saw a difference in the lines. My mother did too and asked me to make her some. I recently heard her telling my daughter to have me make her some because it was great.

  • Thank you PT for this article. As I get older I see my skin saying help me, but it is hard finding things to help that are natural. I can’t wait to try the YlangYlang facial 🙂

  • Just bought Ylang Ylang and thought of making a facial serum with it. Will try the suggestion of a facial steam instead.

  • Good suggestions for my facial oil.
    I don’t quite like ylang-ylang. But i can use the other to blend my daily facial oil.
    My favourites are frankincense n elemi.

  • This is a great article highlighting some of Plant Therapy’s very nourishing essential and carrier oils for mature skin. I use an oil-based facial serum every night and my skin has never looked or felt better! It’s true that Carrot Seed is a bit strong for some. I find that including some other skin-supportive base note oils such as Patchouli, Helichrysum Italicum, Sandalwood, Amyris, or Muhuhu helps to smooth over the carrot scent. I also really love Palmarosa in my mature skin care blends! Younger Glo is a terrific carrier oil base. 🙂

  • I’ve just started using the Younger Glo Carrier oil along with Frank. I’m still in denial that I’m old enough to have “aging skin”, but I’m glad to have natural options. 🙂

  • I have always hesitated with applying oil to my face because it seems counterproductive. Do the oils truly absorb or do they leave your face greasy? Do you wipe it off after applying???

    1. Erin, we all have unique skin, so what works for one person may not work the same for another. That being said, generally, many carrier oils will absorb quickly into the skin and you only need a small amount, even just a bit on your fingertips to massage gently into the face may be all you need! There is no need to wipe it off after applying, unless you are using the carrier oil as part of a facewash product 🙂

    1. Frankincense Frereana is well-known for its skin benefits, slightly more than the other varieties. However, Carteri and Serrata can also be used to promote healthy skin if you do not have Frereana.

  • When using the younger glo carrier oil, would you use it like a nightly serum or more of a daily moisturizer?

    1. Lisa, I personally prefer to use it at night, but this really boils down to your personal preference 🙂 It can be used either way.

      1. I have all sorts of things I can put together to leave on my face but I need recipes for facial wash for mature skin 60 yr old. My skin doesn’t seem oily or dry, maybe both or normal or I would buy PT’s facial cleanser which looked like you had to pick oily or dry. I have large pores and wrinkles

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