I was very intrigued by this Frankincense Hydrating Cream, as I had never considered using Frankincense as part of my beauty regime. However, I was soon to find that this previously hidden gem, is actually full of many skin loving properties.
So what is frankincense?
Frankincense is an aromatic resin obtained from the Boswellia genus of trees, and is considered by some as a ‘Holy Oil’, due to it’s links to the Nativity story and it’s mention in the Bible. Fine resins are produced in Yemen and along the northern coast of Somalia. The resins collected from trees growing on rock are considered superior, for their more fragrant aroma.
Benefits of Frankincense oil on the skin.
- It is an antiseptic which can help acne, and reduce inflammation of spots, as well as removing germs from the skin.
- It is said to tighten and lift the skin, therefore reducing wrinkles, and leaving a ‘fresh faced’ effect.
- It is a cicatrisant, which helps fade scars and the after-marks of boils or acne on the skin.
- It is a cytophylactic, it promotes the regeneration of healthy cells.
- It is said to have a sedative effect in some cases and can slow and deepen the breath, thus aiding relaxation.
- It has lots of other medicinal properties too, and can be very good for women to balance hormone levels.
So I began using the Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Cream with high hopes of the benefits, and I’m exceedingly happy with the outcome. It has a deep woody smell which is evocative of nature, and has a very calming effect. This organic cream is suitable for all skin types and it is dermatologically tested.
Neal’s Yard state that their Frankincense Hydrating Cream is:
“A light, organic daily moisturising cream enhanced by the rejuvenating properties of frankincense and myrrh to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and keep skin feeling beautifully soft and fresh. With nutrient-rich plant oils and herbal extracts to help strengthen and rejuvenate the skin.”
I love putting this cream on at the end of a long day, somehow it feels much more luxurious than other less weighty creams. It can be used as a day or night cream, so I have been using it as both! What can I say, I’m in love! This rich cream is a double sensory treat for the skin and the nasal passages. The best part about it is waking up in the morning and feeling ultra soft skin on one’s face! It definitely hydrates the skin, and as it says that it’s a hydrating cream, ‘it does what it says on the tin!’ On the Neal’s Yard website, it says that clinical trials show that it ‘moisturizes the skin for up to 12 hours‘ and I can testify to that! I certainly have noticed a difference on my forehead, which looks tighter than before using this cream, so I’m a happy bunny! Another perk, for vegans out there, you can also have lovely soft hydrated skin because this product is 100%, totally and utterly, vegan!
The Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards, Best Natural Product, 2010.
Winner of an award at The Green Beauty Bible Awards 2009.
The Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards, Best Natural Product, 2009.
The UK Beauty Awards 2009, Best Organic Skincare, 2009
Obviously being a Neal’s Yard Remedies product there is of course no animal testing, and its Soil Association Approved.
Definitely gets a whole 10 out of 10 lipsticks from me!
Before you go…
It is important to get any products containing frankincense from organic retailers such as Neal’s Yard, because the frankincense tree populations are declining. A BBC report said:
“Ecologists have warned that the production of the fragrant resin could decline by half over the next 15 years.”
It is unlikely that tapping the trees for resin has been the main cause. The BBC reporter commented:
“Frankincense extraction is unlikely to be the main cause of population decline, which is likely to be caused by burning, grazing and attack by the long-horn beetle, which lays its eggs under the bark of the tree.
Neal’s Yard Remedies, obviously care for the environment and get their frankincense from a sustainable source, which is why we should get our frankincense products from them.
“Our precious pearls of frankincense are gathered from wild-growing trees in Somalia, by families who have tended the trees for generations.”