Frankincense is one of my favourite oils for rejuvenating and repairing the skin. It’s also the star of my number one selling product, Argan & Frankincense Facial Oil. What makes this ancient tree resin so special that we have been treasuring it for thousands of years?
A Brief History of Frankincense
Most of us were likely introduced to frankincense when we learned it was one of the gifts given to Christ at his birth by the Three Wise Men. They gifted him the treasures of myrrh, frankincense, and gold. And indeed, there are written records as far back as 1500 BC discussing uses for this prized resin.
Frankincense is from the boswellia family of trees, which has never been domesticated or cultivated. It grows with very little soil or water, perfectly adapted for its preferred desolate, desert home. The one exception are the trees found in the Dhofar valley in Oman, which gets monsoon rains for some of the year. Perhaps this extra water explains why the region produces the highest grade frankincense in the world.
Once worth its weight in gold, frankincense found its way into everyday life from the Horn of Africa, to China, Egypt, and beyond. It was at one point one of the most important trade items in the ancient world. Even found in King Tut’s tomb, frankincense has been used for thousands of years for its sweet, woodsy scent, for healing, and in religious or spiritual ceremonies. Even today, the people of Oman burn it for purification and use the resin to ward off evil spirits.
Skincare Benefits of Frankincense
I love the nourishing and regenerative properties of frankincense for the skin. Now, science is beginning to understand how it works.
A component of frankincense, boswellic acid, is being studied for its strong anti-inflammatory and cell-protecting properties.
Studies have shown it to soothe and reduce skin irritation and redness.
Frankincense has been shown to help to heal wounds and lessen scars.
It’s believed to have astringent and antimicrobial properties.
All of this translates to more toned and balanced skin, which is why you can find Frankincense in my Nourishing Skincare Collection. This group of products is for you if your skin is normal, dry, dehydrated, mature, pigmented, puffy, scarred, flakey or you have more fine lines than you would like. For more about reducing acne scarring with the help of frankincense, read this post about healing cystic acne with gentle, natural skincare.
Self Care and Your Skin
I believe that how we feel on the inside shows on the outside, especially on your skin. So when you are stressed, your skin is stressed, too. Why not make skin care part of your self-care routine, and take care of both at the same time?
Harness the power of your skin care ritual, and make your bedtime routine something to look forward to. Massage the Red Western Cedar & Lemon Oil Cleanser (including Frankincense) into your skin, and then breathe deeply as the steam from a warm cloth wipes the day away. Add a boost of moisture with the Nourishing Rose & Frankincense Hydrating Mist, and feel cool droplets settle on your skin. Finally, finish your routine by breathing in the relaxing, grounding scent of the Rose & Frankincense Nourishing Moisturizer.
As scent is the sense most closely linked to memory, soon your body will begin to destress and relax the moment you begin your ritual. Frankincense is the perfect scent in the evening for it’s comforting properties. And even better – your skin will thank you for it.
Experience More Frankincense In These Products:
Rose & Frankincense Nourishing Moisturizer A rich, highly nutritious moisturizer with exquisite organic rose and frankincense essential oils to calm redness and tone the skin.
Nourishing Rose & Frankincense Hyaluronic Serum This ultra-lightweight serum contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and skin nurturing plant hydrosols to give the skin a mega moisture boost. Rose, Frankincense and Blood Orange support skin regeneration, healing, and toning.
Nourishing Rose & Frankincense Hydrating Mist Floral and nurturing, this flower water heals and refreshes the skin. Frankincense and rose support skin regeneration, hydrating, anti-aging and healing.
Argan & Frankincense Facial Oil Light and easily absorbed and contains two of my favourite essential oils for the skin, rejuvenating frankincense and restorative neroli. For almost immediate radiance, and it smells divine.
Red Western Cedar & Lemon Oil Cleanser Immerse yourself in the forests of Western Canada with this gentle yet invigorating cleanser.
Pomegranate & Lemon Nourishing Facial Oil A richer blend of oils created to fight hyper-pigmentation and other negative effects of UV. Smoothes, softens and creates true radiance.
Nourishing Skincare Set This set contains all six products formulated to help nourish and boost radiance in the skin, choose this set if your skin is: normal, dry, mature, sensitive, pigmented, delicate, sensitive, inflamed, fine lined, flaky, scarred, puffy
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