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Saffron Benefits for Skin

Saffron was initially widely cultivated in Kashmir (India). Apart from using it as a delicate flavoring in exotic dishes, saffron was also used in herbal medicine in these countries. It has antimutagenic, antihypertensive, antitussive, cytotoxic, anticonvulsant, and many other beneficial effects on the body when ingested. Saffron is also known to improve memory and learning skills. Its benefits for the skin were also realized and natural medicine specialists started adding it to face packs and topical creams.

 

 

  1. It’s shown that saffron moisturizes the skin when used as an extract in a topical cream formulation.

 

  1. It works as an antisolar agent, wherein, it absorbs the UV rays and protects the skin from sun damage.

 

  1. Its active carotenoids, such as crocetin, exhibit antioxidant and antinociceptive properties, these properties will help the skin to maintain optimum health and appear youthful.

 

  1. Saffron also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin irritation, rashes, and swelling.

 

These little dried stalks pack a powerful punch when it comes to benefits for the skin, and they are rightly included in skincare routines. Young-looking, hydrated, and glowing skin are a few benefits of using this spice. 

 

1. Saffron And Sandalwood Face Pack

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
  • 2-3 saffron strands
  • 2 teaspoons milk (preferably raw milk)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Apply the paste on your freshly washed face. Spread the pack evenly all over your face.
  3. Massage while still damp in a circular motion and then, let it dry for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off by splashing water over your face.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this homemade saffron facial mask at least once a week for a radiant and smooth skin. You can use this pack up to 3 times a week.

Why This Works

Sandalwood enhances the complexion and makes your skin smooth and radiant.

Caution

Use rose water if you are sensitive to milk and dairy products.

2. Saffron Face Mask For Acne

You Will Need
  • 3-4 saffron strands
  • 1/4 cup milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the saffron strands in milk and let the milk infuse with saffron for about 2 hours.
  2. Then apply this milk on your face and neck.
  3. Wash it off after about 10-15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this saffron face pack at home 3-4 times a week.

Why This Works

This pack clears acne and also improves complexion. Milk acts as astringent and also exfoliates the skin. On continuous use, your skin will stop spouting acne. The blemishes left over by the pimples will also begin to reduce.

Caution

Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to dairy as this will aggravate your acne further.

3. Skin Lightening Face Pack Using Saffron

You Will Need
  • 2-3 saffron strands
  • A small pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2-3 drops olive or coconut oil
  • 1 bread slice
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the saffron in a teaspoon (or two) of water overnight.
  2. Now add milk, sugar, and the oil of your choice to the saffron infused water.
  3. Immerse a piece of bread in this mixture and spread the mixture over your face with this piece of bread. Breadcrumbs can stick to your face, but they can be easily washed off.
  4. Keep this pack on your face for about 15 minutes.
  5. Splash water and wash this off your face after it gets dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat 3-4 times a week.

Why This Works

This saffron facial mask clears up the dull skin rapidly. It helps to reduce dark circles and fine lines. Sugar exfoliates the skin while the oil will nourish it and keep it hydrated.

 

4. Saffron And Sunflower Seeds Face Pack

You Will Need
  • 3-4 sunflower seeds
  • 2-3 saffron strands
  • 1/4 cup milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the sunflower seeds and saffron in milk overnight.
  2. In the morning, grind this mixture and apply the resultant paste on your skin.
  3. Keep this on until it dries and then rinse your face.

You also can use warm water for the overnight soak instead of milk.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this face pack twice a week.

Why This Works

This face mask makes your skin fair and rosy. Sunflower seed contains oils that act as emollients when applied topically. It is rich in vitamin E.

 

5. Saffron With Olive Oil

You Will Need
  • 3-4 saffron strands
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Thoroughly mix the saffron strands in the oil.
  2. Massage the skin in upward motions using this oil.
  3. Wipe the oil off after an hour using a wet tissue. You can leave this oil on overnight as well.

Coconut oil, almond oil, or sesame oil can also be used instead of olive oil.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every alternate night.

Why This Works

The massage with the saffron-infused oil will improve circulation to the skin and give it a beautiful glow. Massaging will also help the nourishing fatty acids from the oil to get absorbed easily into the skin.

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