Five Essential Oils for The Elderly

Old age subjects your body to a number of changes, such as loose, sagging skin and wrinkles. We have, however, grown up loathing wrinkles and fine lines, totally snubbing the fact that these are a natural part of ageing. Look at your fine lines as a testimony of the times you lovingly frowned at your partner and let the wrinkles remind you of the numerous chuckles and giggles which dispersed melody in your lives.

Dry, dull, and lifeless skin is what one should be worried about instead. Your skin is hampered because of improper care, various health conditions and excessive sun exposure. 

To help you keep your skin healthy, here are some oils which would not only nourish your skin but also impart a beautiful coveted glow.

Let's have a look at some of these magical oils.


1. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

From imparting a delicious nutty flavour to your sweets and chutneys, endowing you with a gorgeous envious mane, healing minor burns and scars to giving your skin a beautiful lustre and glow, coconut oil is surely magic in a bottle. Enriched with antioxidants, iron, Vitamins E and K, coconut oil potently fights scars, wrinkles, dull skin, weak nails, and lifeless hair. It also has anti-fungal properties due to the virtue of fatty acids like lauric acid. 


2. Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

Ayurveda calls it the king of oils and why not! It is a storehouse of linoelic acid and antioxidants which slow down the process of ageing thereby preventing premature fine lines and wrinkles. Also, its potency combats aches and pains, muscle stiffness, and dry, damaged skin. When used in the correct way, sesame oil also promotes deep uninterrupted sleep, healthy hair and clear motions.

Precautions: Sesame is quite hot in potency and hence should NOT be orally consumed if you suffer from hot flushes, acidity, or burning sensation on skin or urine. You should avoid Sesame oil in the summer.


3. Sweet Almond Oil

Almond Oil

A storehouse of nutrients like zinc, Vitamin A and E, and an array of antioxidants, almond oil is truly a godsend for both, dry and oily skin types. Be it premature fine lines, dryness, spots, sun damage, dark circles, or acne, almond oil heals it all. Vitamin E makes it an amazing skin moisturiser and also imparts it with hypo-allergic properties. This makes almond oil a great pick for sensitive skin as well.


4. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Oil

The lavender essential oil has been used since ages for treating acne, dull skin, minor cuts, dry skin, and has also been used as a bug repellent. It effectively reduces anxiety and promotes better sleep, thanks to its soothing properties. Try incorporating lavender essential oil in your beauty routine either by mixing it with another oil or adding a drop or two of it in water while steaming your face and you will be surprised to see how your skin glows!

So, these are some oils which you can use for pampering your skin. Also, don't forget to consume a healthy diet, have 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep, and include some form of breathing exercises in your daily routine for nourishing your skin from the inside.