Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense (£55.00 or roughly $93) is a day and evening cream that uses plant stem cells to aid in skin rejuvenation. Apart from the stem cells, the product uses organic essential oils as a part of a whole-skin nourishment system. The product is a smooth white cream with a gentle frankincense scent. It is cool on application, and for the sake of this trial was applied to freshly cleaned skin once to twice a day for six weeks.
I grew up on the east coast of Australia, about 100 miles north of Sydney. It is a beach culture, and when I was young, good skin didn’t burn; it became a beautiful golden brown in the sun. We were more interested in the tanning factor of a bottle of lotion than its block-out qualities. That’s why I jumped at the chance to trial Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense in January this year.
At 46, I have the character lines most of us expect: some crow’s feet, the odd line on the forehead and a crease or two where my dimples are. I had been using Ayurvedic oils as a skin program for the last four years and had never used skin creams before that. With a slightly olive complexion, I was in my 40s before I realized that my skin needed that something more, and I was more concerned about using petrochemicals on my skin than aging. Neal’s Yard offered the best of both worlds: well-researched rejuvenation technologies and totally natural organic oil bases for the cream.
Although I had heard about the use of plant stem cells in rejuvenating creams, I wasn’t sure it would work for me because of the sun damage I had suffered. So, when I began my trial, I surveyed people about my age, telling them that they could be honest because was doing this cosmetic trial. Most people said I looked between 45 and 48. However, after a month of using the cream, I started to be asked my age by new acquaintances because they couldn’t believe I have adult children. In every case they thought I was in my late 30s, and were more than shocked when I told them I was 46.
In the last two months, I have noticed that the lines around my eyes have markedly reduced. Also, pore size has reduced and skin tone has become more even. For about six weeks, I suffered from some acne in places where I have had those stubborn, deep whiteheads. It is only in the last few days that the ones under my nose have begun to clear up.
The research on plant stem cells suggests that for best results the cream should be applied for three months. While the rejuvenating effects of the stem cells appear early on, I have noticed some return of the fine lines and wrinkles after about a week of not using the product. Yet, given that people now think that I look about eight to ten years younger than I did at the beginning of the trial, I have to say that Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense is an outstanding success.