Frankincense CO2 (carbon dioxide) is a highly concentrated extract of the resin of the Boswellia tree. It is obtained through a process called supercritical fluid extraction, which involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure to extract the plant's essential oils.
Frankincense CO2 has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-aging properties. When it comes to skin care, this extract can offer a range of benefits, including:
Anti-aging: Frankincense CO2 is rich in antioxidants that can help protect the skin against free radical damage, which can lead to premature aging. It can also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that are essential for maintaining the skin's elasticity and firmness.
Anti-inflammatory: This extract has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritated skin and reduce redness and inflammation. It can also help alleviate conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
Moisturizing: Frankincense CO2 can help keep the skin hydrated and prevent moisture loss. It can also help improve the skin's barrier function, which can make it more resilient to environmental stressors.
Healing: This extract has antiseptic properties that can help prevent infection and promote wound healing. It can also help reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes.
Overall, Frankincense CO2 is a powerful natural ingredient that can offer numerous benefits for the skin. Whether you're looking to fight the signs of aging, soothe irritated skin, or improve your overall complexion, this extract is definitely worth considering.
BOTANICAL NAME: Boswellia carterii
EXTRACTION: CO2 (Supercritical Extraction): A method of extracting plant chemicals by using pressurized CO2 as a solvent. It is one of the most efficient extractions to create a substance that embodies the entire plant rather than just the essential oils or triglycerides (cold-pressed oils).
Frankincense extract from the Boswellia tree has always been a prized medicinal, beauty, and perfume/incense ingredient with evidence of it being traded in North Africa and the Middle East for at least 5000 years. The word Frankincense means ‘high-quality incense’. In Arabic, it is called olibanum meaning ‘of milk’ and in Hebrew it is called labonah, a word for white, referring to the appearance. It has been used in temples and churches for thousands of years. It is a medicinal ingredient in both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Today, it is grown in mostly Somalia, Ethiopia, and India. The resin is harvested from trees as a hard substance known as tears that form after being purposely cut. As the essential oil has grown in popularity over the last 10 years, the demand has created an issue because harvesters are cutting the trees too much which eventually destroys them. It is important to know who is harvesting frankincense and if they are doing it sustainably. The supplier of the extract we purchase is FairWild® certified. That means only a few collecting families are authorized, thus yields are extremely limited. Their precious groves of Frankincense trees are rotated and scratched for gum harvest only every third year.
The reason why frankincense is so popular in skin care is because the same healing, antiseptic properties that heal its trunk also heal our skin. The reason we use the extract in our Carotene Glow Antioxidant Booster is because it contains potent triterpenes such as boswellic acid that is shown to regulate collagen turnover by targeting the enzyme collagenase. Other valuable compounds that are also in the essential oil are caryophyllene, insensol, and alpha-pinene.
The scent is earthy, sweet, woody, and spicy.
KEY COMPONENTS: Boswellic Acid, alpha-pinene, insensol and caryophyllene.
FOUND IN: Carotene Glow Antioxidant Booster