There are so many products out there that are formulated to reduce the signs of aging—wrinkles, fine lines, dull complexion, dark spots, sagging—and you might have a few in your bathroom cabinet. You’ve got your moisturizers, night creams, serums, masks, eye creams… But have you ever given face oils a thought? This could be your secret weapon for keeping your skin looking so good, especially if you have mature skin that is prone to dryness.
“Oils can also be helpful in anti-aging routines and provide antibacterial and healing benefits,” explains Robyn Gmyrek, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at UnionDerm. “As we age, our skin moisture levels decline, causing dry, dehydrated skin, which makes fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Oils not only hydrate the skin but because they are rich in antioxidants, they also fight free radical damage to cells, thereby preventing further aging. The oils keep skin layers soft, seal in hydration, and can even protect the skin by keeping the outer layer of skin, the stratum corneum, intact. Oils help keep hydration in and prevent the environment from stripping water out.”