It’s the most expensive spice in the world. It is bright red in colour and is used to season rice and a number of sweet dishes such as kheer and firni. If you still haven’t guessed it, we’re talking about saffron, more popularly known as kesar. Now, saffron is known for its medicinal properties for centuries, but did you know that it is also a boon for your skin?

Packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C and minerals, saffron helps brighten your complexion, reduces dark under-eyes, lightens hyperpigmentation, soothes irritation, and has skin-healing properties. Do you need any more reason to include this ayurvedic spice in your skincare regimen? Here are the benefits of using saffron for your skin and how to include it in your skincare routine.

 

For glowing skin

For glowing skin

Saffron is your answer to glowing, healthy skin. The cold, dry winds in winter can make your skin look lacklustre. Apart from cleansing-toning-moisturising, including saffron in your skincare routine can do wonders for your skin. All you need to do is take a few kesar leaves and a spoonful of honey. Mix the ingredients together and apply it on your face. The healing properties of kesar and the hydrating properties of honey make for a perfect mix when it comes to bringing the glow back to the skin.

 

Removes tan

Removes tan

Over-exposure to the harsh UV rays can cause skin tanning. And getting rid of tan can be a tricky process. But, here’s the perfect solution. Yes, we are talking about saffron! Once you’re back from your beach vacation, treat your skin to some saffron. Soak saffron in malai or milk cream and keep overnight. Next morning, blend it with your fingers. Apply the mixture onto the affected area, and you will notice how effectively the tan lightens.

 

Reduces inflammation

Reduces inflammation

Inflamed skin leads to redness, swelling, itchiness and irritation. All of this can bring your skin game down drastically. But, do you know what can improve the condition? Yes, you guessed it right! Saffron. Saffron contains a compound known as kaempferol which is found in its flower petals. This compound helps in reducing skin inflammation. All you need to do is grind together five basil leaves and 10 to 15 saffron strands. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing. Saffron and basil together will calm itchy, irritated skin as well as treat existing scars.

 

Tones skin

Tones skin

After cleansing, toning is one of the most crucial steps of your skincare routine. Toner helps you get rid of environmental toxins and leaves you with brighter, healthier skin. If you want to work with a natural toner, then reach for a few saffron strands. Mix saffron in rose water, then take a cotton pad and soak it in the mixture. Dab the mixture onto your face. Using this DIY toner every single day will keep your skin looking young for a longer time.

 

Treats pigmentation

Treats pigmentation

Sun damage, inflammation and skin injuries are some of the reasons for pigmentation. And, instead of treating it, we tend to cover it up with the help of concealer. Well, if you’ve failed to treat pigmentation all this while, then here’s a miracle ingredient that promises to help. Saffron is an excellent natural ingredient that helps reduce pigmentation, blemishes and dark spots. Soak a handful of saffron strands in water. Add two tablespoons of turmeric powder to it and apply the paste on your face. Applying it a few times regularly will help you get rid of dark spots and pigmentation.