Whilst I’m always on the lookout for new ingredients to add to my skincare routine, there’s something comforting about using traditional remedies. After I discovered the magic of sandalwood, I’ve been doing some research as to which other Indian ingredients can benefit my skin. As it turns out, saffron (or kesar) is the one that’s been missing from my regime!
Rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, this ingredient has a myriad of skin-enhancing properties. Not only does it work to protect your skin against UV damage, but also helps fade pigmentation and sun spots. In addition, saffron is chockfull of carotenoids such as crocin and crocetin, which are known for their healing properties. This anti-inflammatory nature, coupled with the spice’s natural anti-bacterial properties, make it an ideal candidate for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. If you are keen on incorporating this ingredient into your routine, here are a few products to try.
1. Forest Essentials Delicate Facial Cleanser Kashmiri Saffron & Neem
Formulated for oily and blemished skin, this sulfate-free cleanser is a must-have. Saffron and neem work together to clear out clogged pores and calm down any signs of inflammation. The inclusion of honey ensures that your face never feels tight or flaky, whilst the kewda water fortifies your skin. Use this gentle formula daily to get a balanced and clear complexion.
2. Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub
If your skin is feeling particularly dull and ashy, turn to this exfoliating scrub. Created with a mix of 12 rare ingredients, including saffron and green cardamom, this finely ground formula works to buff off dry skin and lighten up dark spots. Massage it on to damp skin once a week to restore your skin’s natural radiance.
3. Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum
Infused with fresh saffron, amino acids, copper and peptides, this serum is nothing short of liquid gold. Not only does it deeply moisturise the skin, but also helps smoothen out wrinkles. Pat on 2 to 3 drops twice a day to get a plumper, softer and more even-toned visage.
Basically, upon using this powerful ingredient, this is what everyone will be saying to you:
What more could you really ask for?