A few wrinkles here and there can be attractive and give you a certain look. Truthfully speaking though, nobody likes to show all their wrinkles. While the aging process can’t be stopped or reversed, a youthful aspect can be maintained. This article shows you how to do that with Frankincense oil for wrinkles.
Reading on, you’ll be learning about:
- The process of wrinkle formation. Plus a few interesting things about them and how they can shape a face.
- What makes Frankincense oil good for wrinkles and studies to support its benefits. Plus, details about the importance of Frankincense hydrosol in an anti-aging skin care routine.
- Best way to use the oil and its hydrosol to benefit from their anti-wrinkle effects.
- A list of anti-aging Frankincense recipes for you to try right away.
- A few safety tips to experience only the benefits of the oil and not its eventual side effects.
Wrinkle Formation, Causes and the Frankincense Remedy
You have all the reasons to try Frankincense oil right away. But before I explain why, I must tell you about wrinkles first. As you age, there are biological changes that happen within the body.
Knowing these things may help you understand why wrinkles form. That will help you find out how to better improve their aspect. This article can also help you prevent further aging signs and maintain a youthful aspect for many years to come.
An appropriate skin care regimen can do wonders. It can improve the aspect of wrinkles and fine lines, that’s for sure. But such a beauty regimen can also improve the skin tolerance and facial aesthetics.
A natural DIY anti-wrinkle serum can also make it easier to care for your skin on a daily basis. Medicine calls this ability “patient compliance”.
The skin is our largest organ, and it has many important functions. First, it absorbs external shock (falling, being hit, etc.). It also regulates body temperature, among others.
The skin is made of keratin and all sorts of binding substances. Young skin is very elastic and in order to maintain this aspect for a long time, the skin needs to remain that way.
What keeps it resistant and elastic are two very important proteins. They’re called collagen and elastin.
Age, gravity and biological changes cause intrinsic (internal) aging. This is the one that can’t be reversed, stopped or prevented. At best, it can only be delayed. Extrinsic (external) aging however, can be controlled and minimized.
External aging is usually caused by UV light exposure. It produces free radicals that damage skin cells and enzymes. Elastase and collagenase are the opposite of collagen and elastin. They’re enzymes that dissolve and destroy collagen and elastin, respectively.
As we age, collagen and elastin production starts to slowly decrease. Their quality and the fact that the skin doesn’t retain as much water as before, lead to dry skin. Thus, the skin becomes dry and stiffens. The drier and stiffer the skin, the deeper the wrinkles become.
What causes wrinkle formation?
- Chronological age.
- Hormonal status.
- Sun exposure.
- Melanin concentration.
- Skin temperature.
- Skin PH.
- Shear forces, tension and compression.
The latter cause refers to the possibility of the skin to deform during sleep. Once the skin is no longer resistant and elastic, external forces can cause deep and separate wrinkles.
Separate because sleep wrinkles appear in different areas than expression wrinkles. They are also vertical instead of horizontal.
One of the most interesting things I found about wrinkle formation is the skin’s PH. PH stands for potential hydrogen. One study concluded that a more acidic PH can decrease the length and depth of wrinkles.
There is a scale of 1.0 to 14.0, where 1 is the most acidic number and 14 the most alkaline. 7.0 is considered a neutral skin PH and 5.5 is only slightly acidic. Normally, the skin ranges between 4.0 and 6.0.
Luckily, the PH and the condition of the skin can both be controlled. Essential oils are very good active ingredients that can help in this case. There are many such essences that showed a lot of potential. One of them is Frankincense essential oil.
Why Use Frankincense Essential Oil for Wrinkles
Frankincense oil and wrinkles make a good team together. One orders and the others do what they have to do. The oil is full of beneficial active molecules that affect the skin’s appearance and quality in a positive way.
Frankincense oil for wrinkles is:
- Cicatrisant (encourages scar formation and tissue healing).
The frankincense resin contains boswellic acids. Many studies have concentrated on their health benefits. These acids have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
They made frankincense resin a good remedy for all sorts of joint pains. But they were also found effective at inhibiting the damaging activity of elastase. Elastase is the enzyme that destroys elastin.
The bad news is that these boswellic acids are hard to extract with steam. Therefore, Frankincense essential oil contains only traces of boswellic acids. They have a large molecular size and can’t be extracted into the essential oil. It’s still better than no trace at all, and every little detail adds up to the oil’s beneficial effects on skin.
They are present in a higher amount though, in Frankincense water or hydrosol. Great concentrations of boswellic acids can only be found in the resin. But water-based solutions contain a good amount too.
So, when using Frankincense essential oil for wrinkles, you can also use its byproduct, the hydrosol. Hydrosols are best used as toners.
The antioxidant activity of Frankincense can also protect the skin from free radicals damage. Antioxidants are a great way of preventing premature aging. Frankincense stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
Other plant extracts that can prevent or slow down the damage of collagen and elastin:
- Aloe Vera
- Cinnamon (Cassia and Bark)
- Angelica root
How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil for Wrinkles
No essential oil should be taken internally without a doctor’s consent! They can burn and sensitize the sensitive, soft tissue of the throat, esophagus and stomach. The wrong dose can do more harm than good.
Frankincense can also be diffused. It promotes relaxation and can also strengthen the immune system, among others.
The best way of enjoying the anti-wrinkle activity of Frankincense oil is topically. DIY facial recipes should not contain high amounts of essential oil(s). The complexion is much more sensitive than the rest of the body.
Frankincense must be mixed with the right carrier (vegetable) oil for your skin type. You can use up to 7 drops of essence per Oz (30mL) carrier oil.
The best carrier oils for the best complexion have to be chosen depending on:
- Skin type (normal, dry, oily, combination, sensitive, mature, etc.)
- Skin reactions.
- Various problems (acne, eczema, etc.)
It is extremely important to mix Frankincense oil for wrinkles with the right carrier!
For example, dry skin will not be happy with a “dry” oil. A dry oil like Grapeseed or Macadamia is non comedogenic. This means that it absorbs fast and doesn’t leave a greasy film on the skin. They would not be very nourishing for the dry skin. Learn more about the best non comedogenic oils.
Carrier oils are extracted from the fatty parts of the fruits (kernels, seeds, pulp, etc.). They are fatty and nourishing because they contain many essential fatty acids.
The skin needs these fatty acids to keep the water inside the cells and render it elastic and resistant.
Vegetable oils spread well on the skin and cover very large areas, whereas essential oils don’t. That’s why carriers are great means of dilution.
Frankincense Oil Recipes for Wrinkles, plus Safety Tips
After all the theory and explanations, it’s time to get practical! I’ve put up a list with quite a few Frankincense oil recipes for wrinkles and fine lines.
Feel free to add other oils if you like, but keep the recipe simple. Avoid using more than 4 – 5 ingredients to enjoy their benefits completely.
Anti-Crow’s Feet Frankincense Oil Recipe
- Sweet Almond oil: ½ Oz (15mL)
- Frankincense essential oil: 1 drop
- Pomegranate oil: ½ Oz (15mL)
Give this blend a good shake before each use. Apply a very small amount under the eyes and massage gently. If your eyes sting even a bit, stop its use or make another one, but without Frankincense.
Normally, 1 drop to all that amount of carriers should not be a problem. Plus, Frankincense is not known to be dermocaustic either. Either way, we’re all different, which means our bodies react differently to various stimuli.
This blend can be used for wrinkles around the mouth too.
Anti-Deep Wrinkles Frankincense Face Serum
- Frankincense essential oil: 5 drops
- Anise essential oil: 5 drops
- Pomegranate extract: 1 tbsp.
- Carrier oil: 1 tbsp.
Mix well and apply morning and night, on clean face and neckline. You can also try to maintain your skin’s PH level acidic. How? You should start by using products with neutral PH that will not affect your own.
You could then raise the acidity of your PH with some apple cider vinegar. Simply rinse your complexion with a mixture of 200 mL (a cup) of warm water plus 50 mL vinegar. This step should be done before applying the Frankincense oil serum.
Frankincense Recipe for Sleep Wrinkles
- Frankincense essential oil: 3 drops
- Cinnamon essential oil: 3 drops
- Myrrh essential oil: 3 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
This recipe is a bit more concentrated. It is so because sleep wrinkles should be addressed immediately. All 3 aromatic oils have strong antioxidant properties.
All 3 can also inhibit the deterioration of collagen and elastin. Using the right carrier oil for your skin type will supply the skin with all the fatty acids it needs. Thus, your skin’s protective barrier will be strengthened and the water loss minimized.
Apply in the morning, first thing after washing your face. Use gentle, yet vigorous movements to stimulate blood circulation. Also, try not to sleep on one side or the stomach for too long.
Anti-Fine Lines Frankincense Toner Recipe
- Frankincense essential oil: 20 drops
- Rose essential oil (Otto): 15 drops
- Frankincense hydrosol: 3 Oz (~90mL)
Even though oils don’t mix with water, you can still give this blend a good shake before each use. That will break down the small molecules into even tinier molecules. That way, they’ll be easier to disperse on a large surface.
Spray this toning lotion on a clean, damp face and let it dry on its own. Continue with a face oil moisturizer to seal in any remaining water.
Rejuvenating Face Mask for Mature Skin
- Turmeric powder: ½ tsp.
- Lemon juice: ½ tsp.
- Aloe Vera gel: ½ tsp.
- Frankincense essential oil: 3 drops
Mix all ingredients until you get a smooth paste and apply on damp, clean face. Leave it on for about 15 – 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Apply your usual nighttime anti-aging serum.
Safety Tips for the Use of Frankincense for Wrinkles
Although natural and relatively safe, Frankincense is a concentrated essential oil. Thus, it also comes with a few safety tips.
- Unless really necessary, avoid using it around the eyes, even if it’s very well diluted. It may cause irritation and your eyes to water.
- Never apply Frankincense oil undiluted. It can irritate the skin.
- Use small amounts of aromatic oils in all your facial blends.
- Don’t ingest without your doctor’s approval.
- Make sure you’ve tested each new bottle of oil for allergic reactions. Their chemical composition may slightly vary from batch to batch.
- If you suffer from asthma or any other illness, make sure you’re safe to use Frankincense oil for wrinkle treatments.
Aromatherapy ingredients are fun and pleasant to use. They’re not very expensive either. Even if they seem so at a first glance, you’d only be using a few drops at a time. That means that a small 10 mL bottle can last for many months or years to come.
The use of Frankincense oil for wrinkles will make your blends very soothing and relaxing too. Its scent is warm and mystical, considering its religious background. It blends well with many other warm and floral essences. And its anti-aging benefits are also great.
What do you think of Frankincense? Do you find it a good option to fight deep wrinkles or fine lines? Have you ever tried it? Oh, I’ve got so many questions… I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this subject.