Saffron for face
Saffron, one of the most expensive spices in the world, is widely used for its enticing aroma, exquisite taste, and incredible red hue. Saffron is collected from the Crocus Sativus flower.
It contains carotenoids present in it bestow them color, fragrance, and flavor.
Traditionally grown in Southeast Asia, it is widely used because of its health benefits and healing properties.
Here are the reasons why you should incorporate saffron in skincare:
- It is an excellent sunblock. Kesar has the potential to block ultraviolet rays, which cause skin damage and even cancer.
- It provides you radiant skin. The therapeutic properties of kesar endow healthy and flawless skin.
- It aids the process of skin lightening. You don't need to have a light skin tone, yet if you are looking for one, then kesar should be your go-to ingredient.
- It helps you get rid of tan. Kesar is an incredible tan removing agent that bestows you with glowing skin.
- It relaxes your skin. Kesar has healing properties, which helps your skin relax.
- It prevents cancer. Kesar comprises carotenoids, which counter the effects of oxidative stress, thereby keeping cancer at bay.
- The anti-inflammatory agents of Kesar help in the management and reduction of pimples and acne.
- It is an excellent moisturizer. Kesar is a potent moisturizer that helps you get rid of dry, acne-prone skin.
Saffron face packs
The easiest and the most effective way of incorporating saffron in your skincare routine is in the form of a face pack. We are listing a few ingredients which you can pair saffron with to make an incredible face pack.
These face packs could help you relax, treat acne, reduce dark circles, and remove tan.
a. Basil leaves
Soak 5-6 strands of saffron in milk. In a blender, take 10-15 basil leaves, add saffron-infused milk to it and grind to produce a dense paste. Apply this paste on the face and neck for 15 minutes before lathering it off.
This face mask helps you get rid of the tan and discoloration of the neck.
b. Sunflower seeds
Grind sunflower seeds in a coarse paste. Add a few drops of saffron-infused water or saffron-infused rose water to the paste.
Use this mixture to scrub your body to exfoliate your body while moisturizing it at the same time.
c. Coconut oil
Infusing coconut oil or olive oil with a few strands of saffron and using this saffron-infused oil in your face masks benefits your skin incredibly.
Make a face pack using sandalwood powder and saffron-infused coconut oil and apply it for 20 minutes before lathering it off.
You may also replace coconut oil with Almond oil if it suits your skin.
Saffron is an expensive spice. Therefore, multiple counterfeit renditions of it are available in the market.
Note than authentic saffron has orange roots but a red crown. It smells sweet but tastes as bitter as tobacco.
To test the authenticity of your saffron, soak a few strands in water or milk. A counterfeit strand would fade away quickly, but an original one stays red regardless of the amount of time it is soaked.