Ingredient Roundup: 3 Essential Oils and Extracts for Hydrated, Supple Skin

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In our Anti-Aging Essentials series, we break down ingredients that are potent tools against common aging concerns. This is a roundup of some all-star ingredients for skin hydration and moisture.

When it comes to moisturizing, people often find it challenging to find a moisturizer that effectively hydrates the skin without irritating it or causing a breakout. Chemicals and fragrances in moisturizers are a common source of irritation or allergic reaction, leaving many to seek all-natural solutions to dryness, flakiness, and itchiness.

Especially as we age, our skin may become dryer, patchier, and rougher, making the need for a high-quality source of hydration more immediate. This happens for a wide variety of reasons, including accumulated sun damage, other environmental factors like dry air and pollution, and the loss of sweat and oil glands. Health problems like diabetes and kidney disease and certain medications may also exacerbate skin dryness. 

One solution to the challenge of skin hydration is essential oils and extracts. By harnessing natural ingredients and potent botanicals, essential oils and extracts provide an all-natural, soothing alternative to other moisturizing products. Packed full of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, they can help balance oil levels, infuse the skin with long-lasting moisture, and leave it looking plump, radiant, and soft. (However, everyone’s skin is different! While many essential oils naturally mimic the oil production processes of the skin, some people may find themselves sensitive to certain oils.) 

Here are three oils and extracts that can turn the challenge of combating dryness into a luxurious, indulgent, and efficacious self-care ritual.

Rosehip Oil

Luxurious rosehip oil works wonders for hydrating and moisturizing the skin—with a calming, indulgent aroma to match. As cosmetic research scientist Marisa Plescia tells Byrdie, "With high levels of essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 (linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid), rosehip seed oil can effectively soften skin and improve skin barrier function.” Thanks to these fatty acids, rosehip oil strengthens skin cell walls and thereby prevents moisture from escaping. As studies show, it makes a fantastic remedy against dryness and flakiness by locking in long-lasting moisture. Furthermore, rosehip oil is a dry oil, so it hydrates and softens the skin without leaving behind any oiliness or greasiness.

At the same time that rosehip oil provides deep hydration, it also brightens and tightens the skin. It can also soothe inflammation. As a result, it leaves the skin looking supple, bright, and even.

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Vitamin E and rich antioxidants provided by Jojoba and Rosehip oils help cocoon the skin in rich emollients that soothe irritation, eliminate dryness, and heal cracked skin.


Tomato Extract

While we often hear about the benefits of tomatoes on our health, this stellar ingredient can also bring restoration and rejuvenation to our skin. Tomato extract boasts a host of antioxidants and nutrients—like Vitamins A, B, and C, potassium, and lycopene—that provide powerful anti-aging benefits. For example, studies show that the Vitamin C—abundant in tomatoes—tightens the skin and combats hyperpigmentation.

In addition, the pectin and flavonoids in tomato extract have been shown to promote exfoliation, leading to softer, more supple skin. Furthermore, potassium-rich tomato extract also has powerful moisturizing properties, helping the skin to retain water and instill long-term hydration. 

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Vitamin C repairs damage, and enzymes of tomato and yogurt tighten pores and fend off age spots.


Turmeric Extract

In addition to its role as a flavor-packed ingredient in the kitchen, turmeric contains a superstar compound—circumin—that also offers powerful benefits for our health. A bioactive compound rich with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, circumin has been shown to improve conditions that range from heart disease to depression.

Turmeric extract’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also make it a potent skin moisturizer and brightener. While its antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage and lighten hyperpigmentation, turmeric extract simultaneously hydrates and moisturizes the skin. As a result, the skin becomes more soft and radiant due to the power of turmeric to bring out a natural, healthy glow. 

UMA Recommends: Flawlessly Firming Neck Chest & Décolletage Serum

The neck, chest, and décolleté areas are among the first to show signs of stress and aging, and this blend was painstakingly formulated to help restore the appearance of radiance and tightness to these delicate areas.


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