Apart from being a great culinary ingredient, saffron is one of the best treats that you can give your skin. Read on for more.
Warm, rich, sweet, flavourful, aromatic, sensuous – saffron – this gentle spice is a delight for all senses. Also known as Kesar, it is a native of Southwest Asia, mostly found in countries like Iran, Spain, Egypt, India, Turkey and Morocco. Given the fact that it has numerous health and beauty benefits, it’s not surprising that Cleopatra included these red strands in her beauty regime and is also believed to have used it in the game of seduction. Here’s how you can bring in the magic of this spice in your daily skincare routine.
Acne Fighter: The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of saffron make it an effective treatment for acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Take 10-12 strands and blend them with 6-7 basil leaves to form a paste. Apply the paste on face for about 10-15 minutes and wash off with cold water.
Scar Eraser: The tiny threads help in removing blemishes and scars, and repairing the skin. Just add a few strands in milk and keep it aside for 2 hours. Apply it 3-4 times a week to see results. You can drink the blend as well to make your skin healthier from inside.
Glow Getter: Dull skin and pigmentation are few common side-effect of our present lifestyle. Rich in vitamins A and C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin and minerals like copper, zinc, magnesium and iron, the aromatic spice promotes skin cell regeneration. Mix 1 tsp of sandalwood powder, 2-3 strands of saffron and 2 tsp of milk. Apply the pack to clean face, massage it in circular motion for few minutes and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. Apply it once a week for brighter skin tone.
Skin Purifier: The dried spice acts as an excellent toner, removing dirt, impurities and also dead cells of the skin. The antioxidants present in it prevent free radicals which damage skin cells and cause premature ageing. Add a few strands to rose water and keep it aside for about an hour or two. Dab the mix with cotton and swipe off the impurities. You can make and keep this in refrigerator for future use.
Thirst Quencher: Made up of 12% water the tiny threads together with honey can be a hydrating, helping the skin in retaining moisture. Mix a few strands in 1 tbsp honey and keep it aside for 10-15 minutes. Massage it on face for 5-10 minutes in circular motion. Let it rest for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
Apart from the topical applications, here’s a recipe that can give you the benefits of saffron from inside.
Black tea leaves - 1 tsp
Green Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon - 2 inch stick
Almonds (finely grounded) - 4 to 5
Sugar - 3 tsp
Saffron - 2 to 3 strands
- Grind cardamom and cinnamon to powder form.
- Take a pan and pour 3 cups of water, add crushed kahwa tea leaves, sugar, cardamom and cinnamon powder and saffron to it.
- Boil the mix for about 5 to 6 minutes till it turns light golden in colour.
- Strain the kahwa into tea cups, sprinkle grounded almonds on top and serve hot.
Alternately, you can also try Tea Trunk Saffron Kahwa Green Tea, infused with saffron, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger.
Other than these DIYs, another way to include saffron into your daily routine is by simply adding the hand blended skincare range of Jhelum Loves – Purifier Face Wash, Soothsayer Face Mist, Rejuvenator Face Oil and Divinity Face Cream – to your grooming kitty.