Carrier Oil Benefits for Aging Skin

CarrierOilsCarrier oils, also called base oils are plant or vegetable oils that are commonly used to carry the benefits of essential oils and other ingredients into the layers of skin.  Carrier oils tend to be better suited for certain skin types, and this article will discuss the top  carrier oils that are best for mature/aging skin.


Avocado oil is an excellent carrier oil because it is easily absorbed by and penetrates deep into the skin. It has been shown to significantly increase the amount of collagen, which provides the skin’s structural foundation.  Avocado oil contains a high amount of sterolins which are known to reduce sun/age spots and help to heal scar tissue. It is a thick and heavy oil, so it is best used in conjunction with lighter feeling oils in products.


Borage oil is a perfect choice for dry, mature skin. It is rich in the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, which helps to maintain and replenish moisture in the skin. Additional essential fatty acids help keep cell membranes flexible and slow water loss from skin cells. It also contains tannins, which provide a skin tightening and toning effect. Borage oil also promotes the production ofprostaglandin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps calm irritated skin.

Evening Primrose

Evening primrose oil is extremely high in linoleic acid, which is scientifically proven to be a very effective antioxidant. This means evening primrose helps to destroy free radicals, and protects skin against free radicals’ damaging effects.  Evening primrose oil helps stimulate the production of collagen and boosts new cell formation.  It is a good moisturizer, and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Rosehip Seed

Rosehip seed oil is a potent oil for mature skin as it works to fight the signs of aging in a number of ways. It is a natural source of both vitamin C and retinols, so it has powerful antioxidant properties, helping to protect against free radicals. It moisturizes and repairs tough, dry skin. It has been proven to increase cell turnover, which helps to fade age spots, scars, UV damage and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.  Rosehip seed oil absorbs easily and penetrates deep into the skin to hydrate and moisturize. It can be used directly from the bottle as a moisturizer.

Look for anti-aging products that contain one or more of these carrier oils to best soothe, treat and protect aging skin.