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Festive frankincense

Festive frankincense

When it's cold and miserable outside, why not treat yourself to the ultimate Christmas present with an indulgent frankincense massage? Not only do the oils nourish your skin, but it will keep you relaxed in the hectic run-up to the festive season.

Moddershall Oaks spa near Stone, Staffordshire, is offering a gorgeous Frankincense & Berry Back Massage just in time for Christmas. But just what does frankincense do for your skin?

"These combined oils are nourishing for the skin and warming for the winter months," spa experts from Moddershall Oaks told Cover Media.

"We would (also) recommend the Hot Toddy & Honey Body Scrub as it removes any built up dull skin. The oils it contains helps soften the new skin and it's good for preparing the skin if you are considering using a fake tan for a party."

You can ask your therapist to focus on certain parts of your back during the massage, but I simply let them work their magic. The frankincense and berry oils were worked into my shoulders and the rest of my back, leaving me feeling extremely relaxed after.

It's also exciting to see that frankincense is cropping up in at-home beauty products. Zuzka Natural Beauty Organic White Chocolate Revitalising Cream contains frankincense and helps to revitalise and increase skin's elasticity and tone, so add that to your Christmas list pronto!

Frankincense can also aid sleep, which the LOVE collection from Kiss the Moon knows all too well. Combing the oil with rose, ylang ylang and palmarosa makes for a gorgeous concoction that will help you relax and drift off. There's a face oil, bath oil and pillow mist. Or why not give a loved one the gift of a good night's sleep with a LOVE Sleep Recovery Set (3x 5ml bath oil, 1 x 5ml face oil and sleep mask)?

And the benefits of frankincense don't stop there. It's also a great way to fight ageing says 2014 Masterchef finalist beauty maven Angela Langford, who counts frankincense among her favourite essential oils.

"Frankincense helps to rejuvenate skin tone and prevent wrinkles. It is suitable for all skin types but particularly useful for dry, mature and ageing skin, as it can help with skin cell regeneration," her website explains.

There are seven products available in her frankincense range, including a night serum, face oils and daily moisturiser.

Cover Media