Saffron is one of the most precious, beneficial, and expensive spices in the world as it does not only add color, flavor, and aroma to the food but also bestows some incredible health benefits. Apart from the physical health benefits of saffron, you will be surprised to know the benefits of saffron milk also known as Kesar wala doodh or Kesar badam milk in India (when saffron is mixed with milk and almond) for your skin.
Saffron milk helps in adding significant value to your existing skincare routine in many ways. Below are some of the amazing and incredible benefits of saffron for your skin and how you can utilize it to the best of the capacity.
Protect Skin from UV Radiation
Saffron offers protection to the skin because of its photoprotective and moisturizing effects. Researchers and skin specialists believe that saffron could be used as a natural UV-absorbing agent. But be very careful, alert, and cautious of using saffron on your skin, and the amount applied as saffron may cause the skin to turn yellow if used in excess.
Brightens & Enhances the Complexion
Saffron helps your skin lighten & brighten naturally. Adding a few saffron strands/threads to milk and its application on your face/skin can give you a glowing complexion. Pregnant mothers are given milk and saffron as it is good for the fetus in their womb and is good for bones & skin for the baby. You can even add some threads or strands of saffron in warm bath water. Let it soak for a few minutes. Then use this water for a bath. You will feel absolutely wonderful and refreshing!
Treats acne and pimples
Saffron milk (thick paste) is an effective remedy for the treatment of acne, blemishes, and blackheads. It will help you to reduce or eliminate acne and pimples. Some basil leaves might also be added to the paste.
- Mix 5-6 basil leaves with 10-12 strands of saffron and a few drops of milk and make a fine paste.
- Apply this on your face.
- Wash it off with cold water or clean cloth after 15-20 minutes.
Adds glow to tired skin
The below mentioned mask allows you to feel refreshed and elevates your dull skin and helps in dark circle removals. It improves your skin texture and improves blood circulation which in turn makes your skin smooth, healthy, and glowing.
- Add 2-3 strands of saffron to one teaspoon of water.
- Keep it overnight.
- Add 1-2 teaspoon of milk, few drops of olive/ coconut oil
- Dip a piece of cotton swab and dab it on your face.
- Allow it to dry for 15 minutes
- Then wash off
Saffron is generally considered a safe ingredient to use for skin. However, like any other natural herb/spice, some people might be allergic to it. Make sure that you do a patch test on the inside of your arm/hand skin before using any DIY saffron preparations on your face.