Best essential oils for skin tightening

Which essential oil to pick to help maturing skin reduce wrinkles

A serum made with essential oils to help tighten the skin

If you are looking for a more natural treatment for your wrinkles, you might want to consider making your own anti-ageing essential oil serums. Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent plant extracts with many therapeutic benefits. They can help tighten your skin to make it look rejuvenated and soft.

Essential oils can help repair damaged skin cells and increase its elasticity. Large pores shrink and your skin becomes generally flawless. Finding the right essential oil combo which is right for your skin type can seem daunting. Worry not, as our guide will provide you with comprehensive help on how to mix essential oils to help tighten your skin and prevent sagging. After all, everyone wants a natural remedy for a youthful and vibrant look.

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Top essential oils for skin tightening

It's important to remember that essential oils (or any other serum for that matter) won't magically get rid of your wrinkles. But they will help minimise their appearance, boost your collagen, even your skin tone and protect your skin for environmental damage like pollution. Some oils will also moisturize and reduce inflammation. You can also read how essential oils can help your skin glow.

We will discuss in detail the best oils for your specific complexion. But first, we need to look at the carrier oils you should pick as a base for your serum. As you know, essential oils are very strong and they can cause irritation if not diluted properly. You should always dilute your essential oil in what we call a carrier oil. Below you will find a useful image which explains how to pick the right ratio of essential and carrier oil.

How to dilute your oil

Chart from Tisserand Institute​

Normal skin – you are super lucky and you can use any carrier oil. We recommend grapeseed oil as that has anti-ageing properties.

Oily skin –use grapeseed oil, sweet almond or apricot kernel.

Dry skin – Your face needs so much moisture! Choose Avocado, Sweet almond or argan as the best carrier oils for you.

Acne-prone skin – Argan oil is your best friend as it won't clog up your pores.

Maturing skin – Look for oils that boost the elasticity of your skin. Must be hydrating and help retain moisture. Choose Jojoba oil or Sesame carrier oil.

To be safe, always do a small test patch with any essential oil on your skin. You want to make sure the essential oil is helping your skin in the best possible way. If you encounter any discomfort, itching or a rash, discontinue the use of the oil and seek medical attention.

Top Essential Oils to increase elasticity

Now that you picked the right carrier oil for your skin type it's time to select the best essential oil to improve on your skin elasticity. The good news is that any of the oils below are great to help tighten your skin. So all it's left is to select your favourite smell as well as the added benefits that each essential oils come with.


Lemon is high in Vitamin C so this is a potent antioxidant. You will find lemon in various anti-ageing products from high-end brands. Lemon oil is great because of its antimicrobial properties. But some care needs to be taken with this potent citrus. Avoid exposure to sunlight after applying lemon oil to your skin.

If you have dry skin, it's better to go for a less potent citrus oil. Lemon is very good for oily and acne-prone skin.

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Bergamot essential oil smells incredible. Just for the smell itself, it's worth considering as a top essential oil in this list. Bergamot oil comes from the rinds of a citrus fruit that grow on the bergamot tree. You probably already know the smell from Earl Grey teas.

Bergamot is used for aromatherapy as the smell is calming and relaxing. Bergamot oil is especially great for oily skin as some compounds found in bergamot are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. In fact, bergamot oil has long been used as an effective treatment for acne.

Bergamot is potent and astringent so best to avoid if you have sensitive skin.

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Cypress is wonderful for combination skin, especially when used in combination with a non-comedogenic carrier oil like grapeseed or almond seed oil. Cypress oil has long been recommended for people with skin issues but it's also known to help tighten problem areas and kill bacteria.

We recommend it for oily skin, but best avoided if you have dry skin as it might be too harsh.

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Tea Tree

Tea Tree is used for a variety of alternative treatments because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Some people even use it as an insect repellent or even as a mouthwash. Tea tree is one of the few essential oils with a lot of research to back its properties.

Tea Tree oil is primarily used to help treat oily and acne-prone skin.

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Rosemary oil has potent anti-bacterial elements. Rosemary oil helps cleanse your complexion and leaves your skin refreshed. Rosemary is ideal to help maturing skin look plump. Rosemary oil can ignite your skin's natural radiance and combat that dull look.

Rosemary oil also restores your skin natural balance. What's great is that you can use it in aromatherapy also.

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You might not know this but Neroli is also known as orange blossom oil. This delicate oil is used as a base for many perfumes thanks to its incredible smell. Of course, it is known to have amazing benefits for the skin too.

Neroli oil is a perfect pick for helping your skin become taut and firm. It's antimicrobial, antifungal, and antioxidant-rich. It also has the most regenerative properties to make your skin tight and supple.

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Known for its relaxing scent, sandalwood is primarily used for aromatherapy. However, sandalwood can help promote skin cell growth which is essential in reducing the effect of wrinkles. It's perfect for maturing skin and it helps the complexion look tight, youthful and rejuvenated.

Sandalwood can help fight anxiety and in some cases has shown to help heal wounds. Sandalwood oil is ideal for all types of skin, including maturing skin thanks to its restorative properties.

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If you have dry skin that needs tightening you will love the effects of rose essential oil. Rose makes your skin look plump and it hydrates it. Besides, rose oil has anti-inflammatory properties which are ideal for dry skin prone to irritation.

Rose oil has been used for various purposes like aromatherapy or to release stress. You will find it in many Turkish beauty products and its also a prevalent smell in Turkish traditional spas.

Rose oil is a natural replacement for hyaluronic acid.

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Pomegranate oil has numerous health benefits and it's ideal for dull skin which gets easily inflamed. Pomegranate oil has punicic acid, which is the main fatty acid from the fruit. Studies show that it can protect the skin and body against free radicals.

The antioxidants in pomegranate are also believed to help as a natural barrier against harmful UV light, but not enough to skip on sunscreen.

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Frankincense has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years thanks to some of its health benefits. Frankincense is normally used as an alternative treatment to help the skin become smoother.

Frankincense is known particularly for its relaxing smell and can be used for any type of skin including dry and normal skin.

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