We all remember the beloved story of the three kings who brought gold, myrrh and frankincense to the infant Christ child.
Everyone knows the value of gold, but what about the other two?
Since ancient times, myrrh has been used to treat wounds, reduce aches and pain, combat joint inflammation and for other medicinal uses. It and frankincense are derived from tree resin and used as essential oils.
Combined with hydrosol, frankincense benefits your skin. This water-based byproduct of the process of making essential oils greatly reduces the risk that comes with handling the concentrated oil.
Frankincense hydrosol contains microscopic drops of the essential oil, which carry its pleasantly woody fragrance and properties to help your skin in numerous ways, including:
Frankincense is believed to have anti-inflammatory characteristics, and a study published in 2017 offers support for that theory, though more work needs to be done.
Researchers found frankincense essential oil significantly decreased proliferative activity, or inflammation, in human skin cells in a lab setting. Frankincense hydrosol is used to soothe rashes, bug bites and skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Skin toners remove the remaining bits of dirt, cosmetics, soap scum and other impurities after a cleanser, and frankincense has natural antiseptic properties that make it a natural fit for this purpose.
It’s an astringent that can reduce the appearance of pores, and its inviting yet mysterious aroma is a great way to wake yourself up in the morning.
Soothing and refreshing
Frankincense hydrosol is a convenient misting product to carry with you throughout the day to calm and refresh your skin whenever it’s feeling a little dry or distressed. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin so everyone can benefit from keeping a bottle handy.
The astringent effects of frankincense can lift and tighten skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It further boosts mature skin by offering protection from free radicals and rejuvenation for damaged skin.
It helps to moisturize the skin, making it useful for dry or dehydrated skin types. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties also soothe the skin and makes it more receptive to moisturizing ingredients while also fortifying the skin barrier. When possible it should be followed up with a moisturizer to lock in the hydration.
How to use it:
Bottles of frankincense hydrosol are available online for an average price of approximately $15. It can be sprayed directly onto your face, applied with a cotton swab or sponge or mixed with other hydrosols for added benefits and unique fragrances.
You can even pair it with myrrh for the holidays!
It’s also effective as a makeup setting spray, reducing inflammation after sun exposure and simply as an aromatherapy pickup.
It’s generally considered safe for all skin types, but if you have any skin conditions or other concerns it’s a good idea to perform a patch test before using the product to ensure you don’t experience any adverse reactions.
If you have concerns about your skin’s hydration, it’s always a good idea to consult with a dermatologist or skin care professional for personalized advice.