It can be a bit disconcerting to look in the mirror and notice those fine wrinkles and sunspots. But, unfortunately, your skin is one of the first places where the ravages of time become visible. But is there any way to escape the ticking of the clock? While healthy habits such as avoiding strong cleansers and cosmetics and using a moisturizer and sunscreen are critical to keeping your skin young for longer, some natural remedies may also contribute. The frankincense essential oil, distillate resin incense tree, is an ally of the skin which can be tested.
The incense has a warm, sweet and earthy fragrance and is used in aromatherapy to support emotional healing, calm the mind and concentrate attention. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic powers and functions as an expectorant. Incense is great for your skin too, helping to heal scars and treat acne. Here is a more detailed analysis of how this essential oil promotes skin aging.
1. Keeps Skin Supple and Reduces Sagging:
One of the most notable signs of aging is that the skin begins to lose its elasticity and becomes less flexible. The elasticity of your skin is due to a fiber network called elastin . A protease known as elastase is primarily responsible for the breakdown of elastin. Research indicates that boswellic acids present in frankincense oil have anti-elastase activity. Therefore, applying a little of this essential oil may be the key to keeping the skin supple.
2. Combat the Harmful Effects of the Sun (Photoaging):
Many of the changes we notice in our skin as we age are caused by exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. In fact, there is even a specific term for it – photoaging . Sun exposure can result in fine wrinkles, pigmented spots such as age spots or freckles, uneven skin tone and rough and tanned skin. These changes are usually noticed in areas such as the face, neck or the back of hands that are routinely exposed to the sun. Frankincense oil can also help here. According to one study, the use of a cream containing boswellic acids for a month resulted in significant improvements in a score that measured photoaging in women.
3. Fine Wrinkles:
Wouldn’t we all like to erase those fine wrinkles that appear on the face with age? Frankincense oil may also have some answers for that. In the previous study, treatment with boswellic acid cream was able to improve the appearance of fine wrinkles, as well as skin elasticity when applied once a day for a period of 30 days.
4. Reduce Age-Related Dilated Pores:
Another effect of aging is dilated pores. As you get older, you lose collagen, the protein that gives the skin its structure and keeps it firm. And as you lose collagen, the support structure of the pores becomes loose.
“Frankincense oil can help keep collagen fibers intact in your skin and defend against dilated pores”.
How to Use Incense Oil?
Frankincense oil can be used only in diluted form on your skin. Use a base oil such as grapeseed or almond oil and dilute equally. It can also be used in combination with other ingredients beneficial to the skin. Here are a couple of ideas to try:
- Add to your moisturizer:Make frankincense oil a part of your daily skincare routine by adding a few drops to your regular moisturizer before using.
- Use on a face mask:Add a drop of incense oil and anti-inflammatory sandalwood oil to 2 teaspoons of moisturizing honey. Apply this mask on the face and let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing. You can wear this mask weekly so that your skin looks and feels younger.