While frankincense can’t turn back time on age spots or hyperpigmentation, it does act as a lightening agent to help reduce the appearance. Distilled into an oil, this African tree resin works as part of your regular moisturizing routine. You can use a basic moisturizer or off-the-shelf skin-lightening cream as a carrier and to reduce the intensity of the famously fragrant frankincense.

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Use an eye dropper to add about 6 drops frankincense essential oil per ounce of moisturizer—you can use a simple unscented lotion or a skin-lightening cream that targets age spots. Seek lotions with natural brightening agents like alpha hydroxy acids, ellagic acid, retinoids, or vitamin C.

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Gently pat your face dry with a clean towel and apply your daily toner, which helps increase absorption.

Gently apply the frankincense-infused lotion to areas affected by age spots, then massage it into your skin using circular motions until no residue remains. Repeat the process every morning or night.