Some call it the “Holy Grail” of beautiful skin, some consider it best for health. Saffron is one of the best gifts of nature that have multiple health and beauty benefits.
The stigma from the flower of plant Saffron Crocus is dried and used in various dishes and medicines like saffron. Because it is tedious to pluck, pile and dry them, they are among the world’s highly prices spices. Apart from imparting a stunning fragrance to your food, it can aid in enhancing your beauty.
Here are 8 ways to use saffron in your beauty regime:
#1 As a Skin Lightener
Saffron is widely been accepted as a skin lightening agent. It softens the skin and assists in removing impurities from the skin in amazing ways.
Drinking a glass of milk with a few strands of saffron soaked for a while may help in lightening your complexion. You can also make a saffron lotion to massage on your face by soaking few strands of it in a spoon of milk.
Apply the homemade lotion on your face and massage gently and finally wash with water. Regular use will surely bring about a big difference in the color of your skin.
Another way to use saffron to lighten the skin is soaking it in olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil and massaging it on your face. It is essential to understand that the beneficial properties of saffron comes out only when soaked in a liquid medium; for example, water, milk, oils, etc.
#2 To Fight Acne
Due to its antibacterial properties, it has a high medicinal value. You can take advantage of this property in fighting acne.
The main reason for acne is bacterial growth, which can aggravate and cause a severe breakout, if not taken care of. Saffron may help in reducing bacterial growth and thereby reducing acne. The antioxidants present in it also aid in protecting the skin from harmful free radicals and makes your skin radiant and flawless.
Make a paste by crushing some leaves of basil with a few strands of saffron. Dab the paste with the help of your fingers over the acne to shrink them significantly. The antibacterial effects of basil and saffron work well to prevent and cure acne naturally.
#3 Supple Skin
To make your skin soft and lighter all over, saffron can be used in bathing water. It not only makes skin fairer but also removes impurities and sloughs off dead cells in a gentle way. Add some strand of saffron into a hot bath tub and soak yourself for 20-25 minutes. It will provide the time for the saffron to act and soften as well as lighten the skin.
#4 Reduce Marks and Skin Pigmentation
Face masks are one of the best ways to use saffron for enhancing your beauty. When mixed with other ingredients to make a face mask, it provides increased benefits.
Take some turmeric powder and add a few saffron strands and some water to make a thick paste. Apply this mask on your skin and leave for 10 minutes before washing.
Turmeric is also a skin lightener and is antiseptic which when combined with the properties of saffron, provides you a beautiful, healthy and glowing skin. You may also make a soothing face mask by using sandalwood powder in place of turmeric.
Saffron when mixed with milk and honey and applied on the skin as a mask provides smooth, supple and clear skin.
#5 Exfoliate Away Impurities
No doubt scrubbing can make your skin glow by removing the dead skin cells and bringing out the new layer of cells, but saffron may make scrubbing even better.
If you want to lighten the skin instantly, mix some strands of it with granulated sugar and a few drops of olive oil or coconut oil.
Use this paste as a scrub. The sugar sloughs off the dirt, grime and dead skin cells whereas the saffron enhances the complexion. It leaves behind a new skin which appears clean and radiant.
#6 A Toner to Soothe Irritation
Saffron when mixed with rose water makes an excellent skin toner. After proper cleansing of the skin, it is essential to use a toner so as to maintain the pH and condition the skin.
Cleansing may strip off oils from the skin especially if you have dry skin. A toner may help in soothing the skin. On the other hand, those who have oily skin may want to get rid of the excess oil.
A toner may help them as well to balancing or reducing the oil. Rose water has long been used to tone skin. When mixed with saffron it aids in reducing bacteria from the skin as well as making skin soft and fairer. Soak some strands of it in rose water until the color of saffron starts coming out and dab it on your skin with the help of a cotton ball.
#7 To Remove Suntan
Too much exposure to the sun may cause probable tanning. Even if you wear sunscreen, you may see tanning to some extent. It may make your skin appear dull, patchy and even wrinkled. Here comes saffron to your rescue.
Take a spoon of milk cream and soak a few strands of saffron. Let it blend overnight. Apply the mixture over the area that is tanned on the next morning. It will considerably lighten the dark patches caused due to sun.
#8 Healthy Hair Growth
Hair loss can be treated successfully using saffron. Since it is loaded with antioxidants, it repairs hair follicles and promotes growth of new hair. Many people have found it to be the best treatment for baldness or alopecia. It replaces old and damaged hair with healthier hair.
Take some licorice powder and add milk and saffron to it. Apply this paste in problem areas to arrest the loss of hair. Regular use of this saffron remedy will ensure new hair growth and make damaged hair healthier and lustrous.
You may also massage your scalp with a combination of saffron soaked in its carrier oil to promote hair growth. Massaging will increase the blood circulation of the scalp while saffron will induce follicles to grow healthier.
About the Author:
Owen Dore is a blogger for Molegone. She loves to blog on skin care, beauty and health related topics. She likes on research on various natural methods to solve skin ailments.