FOOD FOR HEALTHY, FLAW­LESS SKIN

Saf­fron, the flavour­ful spice is packed with skin ben­e­fit­ting nu­tri­ents — in­clude it in your beauty rou­tine for nat­u­rally glow­ing and healthy skin

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Saf­fron, the in­gre­di­ent that adds that sub­tle flo­ral flavour and fra­grance to your dishes is also an ef­fec­tive beauty in­gre­di­ent. Called ‘Ke­sar’ in Hindi, ‘Zafran’ in Urdu, this ex­otic spice has a num­ber of ben­e­fits for both body and skin. Reg­u­lar use of saf­fron in your beauty rou­tine can take care of skin prob­lems such as pig­men­ta­tion, dull com­plex­ion and acne. Face packs made with saf­fron also add a nat­u­ral red­dish glow to the skin. “Saf­fron is loaded with Vi­ta­mins A, B, C, fo­lates and min­er­als like zinc, potas­sium and sodium. Hence, it is the per­fect nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ent for re­ju­ve­nat­ing your skin cells,” says beauty ex­pert, Richa Ag­gar­wal. Saf­fron is an im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent in many beauty prod­ucts be­cause of its an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties. It helps lighten your tan and brings a nat­u­ral glow to your face. But al­ways re­mem­ber to check be­fore buy­ing .Good qual­ity saf­fron is deep red with or­ange tips and is mostly spot­less,” says beauty ex­pert Ash­meen Mun­jal. You can use this unique spice as a skin cleanser, scrub, face pack and even a skin toner. Here’s how:

Saf­fron and Rose Water Skin Toner: This recipe is

help­ful in re­duc­ing prob­lems like open pores, skin tan­ning and clogged pores. Take rose water in a bot­tle, add few strands of saf­fron in it and keep it in fridge. You can even store this toner in the fridge and ap­ply on the skin as and when you de­sire. This toner will tighten your skin pores and clean your skin of all im­pu­ri­ties.

Saf­fron and Milk Cleanser:

The nat­u­ral cleanser will help you get rid of tan­ning and give you ra­di­ant and smooth skin. Take raw milk, add a few strands of saf­fron and a few drops of le­mon to it. Ap­ply on your skin and rub it off with wet hands af­ter 15 min­utes.

Saf­fron and San­dal­wood Face Pack:

This pack is ex­cel­lent for oily, sen­si­tive and acne prone skin. The an­ti­fun­gal con­tent of saf­fron makes it ef­fec­tive for the treat­ment of acne, blem­ishes, and black­heads.

Take two tea­spoons of saf­fron and mix san­dal­wood pow­der in it, add milk and make a thick paste of all the in­gre­di­ents and ap­ply it on your face. Wash off with cold water af­ter 20 min­utes. This mask should be ap­plied once a week for best re­sults.

Saf­fron and Pa­paya Face Pack:

This pack nour­ishes the skin and leaves it glow­ing and smooth. Mix mashed pa­paya, raw milk, honey with strands of saf­fron and make a thick paste. Keep this mix­ture in fridge for half an hour. Ap­ply the pack on face for 15-20 min­utes and rinse off the pack with cold water by gen­tly scrub­bing with wet hands.

Saf­fron and Al­mond Pack:

This pack will en­rich your skin with the good­ness of Vi­ta­min E and im­prove elas­tic­ity of the skin. Soak al­monds for a night and grind to paste, add dis­solved strands of saf­fron, milk and honey and make a thick paste. Ap­ply the pack on your face and neck for 15-20 min­utes, then wash it off with cold water.

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