What is an ancient remedy for hemlock poisoning used by Cleopatra and burnt in some churches?
If you guessed the incense, you got it right! Resin of this tree has been used in skin care, medicine, and religious ceremonies for thousands of years. The calming and clarifying properties of this tree make it the ideal ingredient in Frankincense Face Cream.
Why Frankincense Face Cream?
Buckle up because incense can do a lot!
It has a long history of use to reduce pain and inflammation, but scientists are continually discovering more about frankincense.
A 2015 article in European journal examined how frankincense could help cancer patients. Frankincense cream not only reduced their painful inflammation of the skin, but it did so without any side effects.
This resin also fights a wide range of pathogens on the skin, including viruses, cold sores, and fungi (like candida). While our facial skin is not that damaged (hopefully!), The fact is that frankincense is calming and restorative for a wide range of skin conditions.
According to a 2007 article in Phytomedicine, its antibacterial properties are believed to help fight acne and eczema.
Plus, it just smells amazing!
Does Frankincense Help With Wrinkles?
In one Randomized controlled trial of 2010, Frankincense cream reduced signs of aging and UV light damage like wrinkles and dark spots. Participants also had:
- smoother skin
- less fine lines
- increased elasticity
- less oil secretion (which means less clogged pores)
Which incense should I buy?
There are many varieties of frankincense essential oil on the market. Some are better than others and some smell better than others. But there is another big concern:
Essential oils use a lot of plant material and can easily have a negative impact on the environment. Frankincense trees in general are overexploited, especially species Boswellia sacra.
Because of these concerns, I recommend obtaining the essential oil from a company that sources ethically and sustainably like Plant therapy.
Face cream, serum, lotion: what's the difference?
Serum, lotion, cream… what's the difference? And why would you choose one over the other?
Serums are a mixture of liquid ingredients (like this one vitamin C serum, a favorite of mine), while lotions and creams are both thickened water and oil emulsions. While lotions have a higher water content, creams are thicker and tend to contain more oil.
While technically face creams contain water-based ingredients, it sticks to oils. Why? Less (or no) water means the recipe lasts longer without using preservatives. For the sake of safety and simplicity, we are leaving the water in this incense face cream.
No coconut oil?
Although I gave the boot some water, you might notice that another popular skincare ingredient is missing.
Coconut oil is great for so many things, including lotion, but it does come with a few drawbacks.
It is highly comedogenic, which means it clogs the pores. No good news for those who have acne, clogged pores or similar skin problems on their face. Some also find it strangely drying.
To be on the safe side, this face cream uses other face oils.
Customizing your incense face cream
The beauty of making your own face cream? You can customize it for your skin!
Basically any liquid carrier oil will work, but some are more suitable for certain skin types.
- Grape seed oil - a lighter oil that absorbs quickly and is suitable for oily to normal skin
- Sweet almond oil - Always on the lighter side and good for normal to dry skin.
- Avocado oil - A thicker oil suitable for mature or dry skin
- Olive oil - A heavier oil for mature or dry skin
Obviously we're using frankincense here, but there are other essential oils that go well with frankincense. All of these essential oils are safe for the skin and smell great with incense.
- Geranium - Help to treat acne, congested skin, dermatitis, eczema, oily complexion, mature skin, damaged skin.
- Lavender - Helps against acne, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, psoriasis and damaged skin.
- Cypress - Good for oily skin, wounds and tightening of veins.
- Orange - Lightens dull skin, improves circulation and oily skin.
Mango vs shea butter
Mango butter is similar in consistency to shea, but it is more astringent. This makes it good for oily skin or even normal skin.
If you have dry skin, stick to shea butter.
Frankincense Oil Whipped Face Cream
You don't have to whip this, but I love the texture of a whipped incense face cream. It's so airy and smooth! The best way is to use the whisk on a stand or hand mixer. I do not recommend a hand whisk. It takes forever and the results are disappointing at best.
DIY Frankincense Face Cream Recipe
Prepare this nourishing facial lotion, perfect for dull, tired or aging skin
In a double boiler or heat-resistant glass bowl, add the butter, liquid oil and beeswax. If you are using a bowl, place it on a saucepan half filled with water to create a double boiler effect.
Gently heat the ingredients until they are completely melted, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and add the essential oils and vitamin E.
Transfer the mixture to a metal bowl and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes or until solid. The mixture should be firm but not frozen.
Using a hand mixer or the whisk attachment on a stand mixer to whip the face cream until fluffy and creamy.
- Storage room: Store in a cool, dry place away from heat and light. The shelf life depends on the exact ingredients used, but should be 6 to 12 months.
- Note: If you don't want to whip the face cream, transfer it to the storage container instead and freeze it until cold. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before pouring it into the container to avoid burns or breakage.
Have you ever made your own beauty products? Are you going to try this frankincense face cream?
It’s easy to get confused when it comes to health and alimentation. Even qualified experts often seem to hold opposing opinions. Yet, despite all the disagreements, a number of wellness tips are well supported by research. Here are 27 health and alimentation tips that are actually based on good technique.
These 8 practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating and can help you make healthier choices.
The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of kcal for how active you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
It’s recommended that men have around 2, 500 calories a day ( 10, 500 kilojoules ). Women should have around 2, 000 kcal a day ( 8, 400 kilojoules ). Most adults in the UK are eating more calories than they need and should eat fewer calories.
Starchy carbohydrates should make up just over a third of the food you eat. They include potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals. Choose higher fibre or wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on.
They contain more fibre than white or refined starchy carbohydrates and can help you feel full for longer. Try to include at least 1 starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram the carbohydrate they contain provides fewer than half the calories of fat.
Keep an eye on the fats you add when you’re cooking or serving these variétés of foods because that’s what increases the calorie content – for example, oil on chips, butter on bread and creamy condiments on pasta.
It’s recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Getting your 5 A Day is easier than it sounds. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit ?
A portion of fresh, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables is 80g. A portion of dried fruit ( which should be kept to mealtimes ) is 30g. A 150ml glass of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie also counts as 1 portion, but limit the amount you have to no more than 1 glass a day as these drinks are sugary and can damage your teeth.
You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned, but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Most people should be eating more fish, but there are recommended limits for some types of fish.
You need some fat in your diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat you’re eating. There are 2 main genres of fat : saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
On average, men should have no more than 30g of saturated fat a day. On average, women should have no more than 20g of saturated fat a day. Children under the age of 11 should have less saturated fat than adults, but a low-fat diet is not suitable for children under 5.
Try to cut down on your saturated fat intake and choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils and spreads, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use a small amount of vegetable or olive oil, or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee.
When you’re having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. All genres of fat are high in energy, so they should only be eaten in small amounts.
Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks are often high in energy ( measured in kilojoules or kcal ), and if consumed too often can contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals.
Free sugars are any sugars added to foods or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices and smoothies. This is the type of sugar you should be cutting down on, rather than the sugar found in fruit and milk.
Many packaged foods and drinks contain surprisingly high amounts of free sugars.
More than 22. 5g of total sugars per 100g means the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means the food is low in sugar.
Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Even if you do not add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much.
About three-quarters of the salt you eat is already in the food when you buy it, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and condiments. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1. 5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt.
Adults and children aged 11 and over should eat no more than 6g of salt ( about a teaspoonful ) a day. Younger children should have even less.
As well as eating healthily, regular exercise may help reduce your risk of getting serious health conditions. It’s also important for your overall health and wellbeing.
Read more about the benefits of exercise and physical activity guidelines for adults. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health.
Most adults need to lose weight by eating fewer kcal. If you’re trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more réactive. Eating a saine, balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Check whether you’re a healthy weight by using the BMI saine weight calculator. Start the NHS weight loss plan, a 12-week weight loss guide that combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity. If you’re underweight, see underweight adults. If you’re worried about your weight, ask your GP or a dietitian for advice.
You need to drink plenty of fluids to stop you getting dehydrated. The government recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid you get from the food you eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water, lower fat milk and lower sugar drinks, including tea and coffee, are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks, as they’re high in calories. They’re also bad for your teeth.
Even unsweetened fruit juice and smoothies are high in free sugar. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day, which is a small glass. Remember to drink more fluids during hot weather or while exercising.
Some people skip breakfast because they think it’ll help them lose weight. But a healthy breakfast high in fibre and low in fat, sugar and salt can form part of a balanced diet, and can help you get the nutrients you need for good health.
A wholegrain lower sugar cereal with semi-skimmed milk and fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and healthier breakfast. Further informationThe Eatwell Guide can help you get the right balance of the 5 main food groups. The guide shows you how much of what you eat should come from each food group. Read more about eating a balanced diet and understanding calories.