I've always been drawn to grounding sultry scents like that of Frankincense, but I soon fell in love with it for an abundance of other reasons - namely in the realm of skincare. In fact, one of my favourite skincare companies, Neal's Yard Remedies, just reminded me of why I love it SO very much with the launch of their two new skincare kits featuring their high-end anti-aging skincare range of products designed exclusively for sensitive - both featuring this powerhouse ingredient!
Their Frankincense Intense skincare kits
were designed specifically to target aging skin. The Age-Defying range
targets the 1st signs of aging (fine lines and wrinkles), whereas the Lift range targets the 2nd signs of aging (loss of firmness, reduced elasticity, deep lines & wrinkles). I asked if they'd be suitable for my sometimes "problematic" skin, and while neither were formulated specifically with oily/problematic-prone skin in mind, they are both safe to use for all skin types.
I am a bit picky with skincare, and recently become extra conscious re packaging and the overall "sustainability" values and morals that the companies that I support hold, and I continue to be impressed by NYR.
As well as trading ethically and sustainably, they are mindful of their responsibility to mitigate climate change. In 2008 NYR became the world’s first high street retailer to be certified CarbonNeutral by Natural Capital Partners, having reduced their net carbon emissions to zero. They now generate more than 5% of our own electricity in our eco factory in Dorset by using solar panels, topped up by a 100% renewable tariff. They also choose 100% renewable electricity and gas for our stores and use natural, plant based cleaning products and general household products in our stores - they also ensure that they shop locally where possible to support local communities everywhere.
Positive practices and effective formulas - that's what I'm all about when it comes to beauty ;)
Now back to my all-time fave essential oil...Frankincense! Why is it so great? I connected with the Founder of NYR to learn more:
"Frankincense has been in constant demand since the time of the Ancient Egyptians who used it in skin preparations, it also has a long and wide tradition of use as incense. It has toning and rejuvenating properties and is one of the most important oils for improving skin tone and treating aging skin. It reduces scar tissue, is antiseptic, astringent and helps close wounds and ulcers. It also has a unique constituent in that it relaxes the nervous system while at the same time increases energy - so an amazing oil if you suffer with anxiety, depression or stress."
While their "anti-aging" line may seem a bit...well, "anti-aging", I assure you that they are all about EMBRACING all ages.
"Everyone perceives aging differently - what one person thinks is 'old' is not someone else's opinion. For this reason we don't put 'age' labels on our products as age is a combination of so many things. We focus on aging well, rather than anti-aging as we want customers to celebrate their skin. Aging is inevitable so we want to create products that compliment mature skin rather than deny, ignore or hide it."
And with that, I'll leave you all with one final bit of juicy skincare (slash life!) wisdom...
"Stress less, enjoy more. And always say yes to a second glass of wine."