Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: November 6, 2023

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Frankincense essential oil has been lauded for hundreds of years in Ayurvedic medicine for its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. While oils like lavender essential oil and coconut oil have long been popular in Western beauty circles, frankincense essential oil is quickly gaining traction—and for good reason. From improving gut health to fading scars, this essential oil—so revered it is often referred to as “liquid gold”—boasts a wide variety of beauty and wellness benefits.

One major benefit of frankincense essential oil is its anti-aging properties. As dermatologist Rita Linkner tells The Zoe Report, “Frankincense benefits include the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, and defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes.” Additionally, a 2003 study shows that frankincense essential oil can help reduce the appearance of sunspots and improve skin complexion.

When used as an ingredient in anti-aging products, this “liquid gold” brings a new youth and vitality to the skin, working to help tighten and brighten the complexion. Several of UMA’s products, including our Absolute Anti Aging Face OilTotal Rejuvenation Night Face Oil, and Ultimate Brightening Rose Toner, utilize this luxurious ingredient as part of their age-old anti-aging formulas.

Furthermore, frankincense essential oil also doubles as a soothing aromatherapy that can ease anxiety, induce relaxation, and promote restful sleep. As Damian Rodriguez, DHSc and MS, notes, frankincense essential oil “promotes feelings of satisfaction, peace, relaxation, and overall wellness, which explains its unique value in ancient times.” Made from the resin of the Boswellia sacra tree, rather than through the more common process of steam distillation, frankincense essential oil carries a rich, woody aroma sure to evoke peacefulness and groundedness. A liquid gold for both the skin and the body, this essential oil truly makes an essential element of any anti-aging skincare routine.