12 Homemade Saffron Face Packs For Flawless Skin August 29, 2017

There is a reason saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. The difficulty with which it is prepared and its aromatic flavor are not the only reasons behind it. This expensive spice also boasts of a plethora of benefits for the body and skin. Keep reading to know how you can use saffron to get flawless skin!

Saffron is obtained from the exotic flower Crocus sativus, which is localized in Asia and Europe and is extensively found in India. Its high price is simply because of the quantity of flowers required to obtain a single gram of the spice. It is often used in Indian and Oriental cooking to add a characteristic flavor and aroma to the dish which makes it exotic.

The stamen of the saffron flower is but a little thing which holds the key to so many beauty issues and desires. Saffron is extracted by removing the long thin threads from the stamen of the flower and drying them out completely for days at a time to obtain this precious spice. Let us now see what benefits this spice offers to your skin.

Saffron Benefits For Skin

Saffron was initially widely cultivated in Iran, India, and Greece. Apart from using it as a delicate flavoring in exotic dishes, saffron was also used in herbal medicine in these countries. It has antimutagenic, antihypertensive, antitussive, cytotoxic, anticonvulsant, and many other beneficial effects on the body when ingested. Saffron is also known to improve memory and learning skills. Its benefits for the skin were also realized and natural medicine specialists started adding it to face packs and topical creams (1). Here are the benefits of saffron for the skin –

  • It was shown that saffron moisturizes the skin when used as an extract in a topical cream formulation (2).
  • It works as an antisolar agent, wherein, it absorbs the UV rays and protects the skin from sun damage (3).
  • Its active carotenoids, such as crocetin, exhibit antioxidant and antinociceptive properties (4). These properties will help the skin to maintain optimum health and appear youthful.
  • Saffron also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin irritation, rashes, and swelling (5).

These little dried stalks pack a powerful punch when it comes to benefits for the skin, and they are rightly included in skincare routines. Young-looking, hydrated, and glowing skin are a few benefits of using this spice. We have tried to cover as many face packs with saffron as possible in this article. Keep reading to know more about these different methods to use saffron.

How To Use Saffron For Skin

  1. Saffron And Sandalwood Face Pack
  2. Saffron Face Mask For Acne
  3. Skin Lightening Face Pack Using Saffron
  4. Saffron And Sunflower Seeds Face Pack
  5. Saffron With Olive Oil
  6. Saffron And Honey Face Pack
  7. Saffron And Milk Powder For Dry Skin
  8. Saffron And Almonds
  9. Basil Leaves And Saffron
  10. Saffron For Dark Circles
  11. Saffron Face Pack For Dull Skin
  12. Using Saffron As A Nasal Supplement For Glowing Skin

Homemade Face Packs With Saffron

1. Saffron And Sandalwood Face Pack

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
  • 2-3 saffron strands
  • 2 teaspoons milk (preferably raw milk)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Apply the paste on your freshly washed face. Spread the pack evenly all over your face.
  3. Massage while still damp in a circular motion and then, let it dry for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off by splashing water over your face.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this homemade saffron facial mask at least once a week for a radiant and smooth skin. You can use this pack up to 3 times a week.

Why This Works

Sandalwood enhances the complexion and makes your skin smooth and radiant (6).

Caution

Use rose water if you are sensitive to milk and dairy products.

[ Read: Beauty Tips For Face Whitening ]

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2. Saffron Face Mask For Acne

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You Will Need
  • 3-4 saffron strands
  • 1/4 cup milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the saffron strands in milk and let the milk infuse with saffron for about 2 hours.
  2. Then apply this milk on your face and neck.
  3. Wash it off after about 10-15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this saffron face pack at home 3-4 times a week.

Why This Works

This pack clears acne and also improves complexion. Milk acts as astringent and also exfoliates the skin (7). On continuous use, your skin will stop spouting acne. The blemishes left over by the pimples will also begin to reduce.

Caution

Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to dairy as this will aggravate your acne further.

[ Read: Home Remedies For Flawless Skin ]

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3. Skin Lightening Face Pack Using Saffron

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 saffron strands
  • A small pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2-3 drops olive or coconut oil
  • 1 bread slice
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the saffron in a teaspoon (or two) of water overnight.
  2. Now add milk, sugar, and the oil of your choice to the saffron infused water.
  3. Immerse a piece of bread in this mixture and spread the mixture over your face with this piece of bread. Breadcrumbs can stick to your face, but they can be easily washed off.
  4. Keep this pack on your face for about 15 minutes.
  5. Splash water and wash this off your face after it gets dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat 3-4 times a week.

Why This Works

This saffron facial mask clears up the dull skin rapidly. It helps to reduce dark circles and fine lines. Sugar exfoliates the skin while the oil will nourish it and keep it hydrated (8, 9).

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4. Saffron And Sunflower Seeds Face Pack

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You Will Need
  • 3-4 sunflower seeds
  • 2-3 saffron strands
  • 1/4 cup milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the sunflower seeds and saffron in milk overnight.
  2. In the morning, grind this mixture and apply the resultant paste on your skin.
  3. Keep this on until it dries and then rinse your face.

You also can use warm water for the overnight soak instead of milk.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this face pack twice a week.

Why This Works

This face mask makes your skin fair and rosy. Sunflower seed contains oils that act as emollients when applied topically. It is rich in vitamin E (10).

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5. Saffron With Olive Oil

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You Will Need
  • 3-4 saffron strands
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Thoroughly mix the saffron strands in the oil.
  2. Massage the skin in upward motions using this oil.
  3. Wipe the oil off after an hour using a wet tissue. You can leave this oil on overnight as well.

Coconut oil, almond oil, or sesame oil can also be used instead of olive oil.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every alternate night.

Why This Works

The massage with the saffron-infused oil will improve circulation to the skin and give it a beautiful glow. Massaging will also help the nourishing fatty acids from the oil to get absorbed easily into the skin.

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6. Saffron And Honey Face Pack

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2-3 saffron strands
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix honey with the saffron strands.
  2. Massage the facial skin with this using upward circular motions.
  3. Leave the saffron-honey mixture on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once in every 2-3 days.

Why This Works

The antioxidants present in honey can help you to get rid of blemishes, dark spots, and scars from your skin. Honey also helps to lock the moisture into the skin (11).

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7. Saffron And Milk Powder For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1/4 cup clean water
  • 4-5 saffron strands
  • 2 tablespoons milk powder
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a paste with the ingredients and apply the face pack.
  2. Leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  3. Wash the face pack off with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this face pack twice a week.

Why This Works

All the benefits of milk get highly concentrated in its powder form. This can be conveniently used to treat dry and dull skin issues (12).

Caution

This remedy should not be used by people who are allergic to dairy products.

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8. Saffron And Almonds Face Pack

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You Will Need
  • 10 saffron strands
  • 4-5 almonds
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the almonds and saffron together in water at night.
  2. Grind everything together the next day to get a smooth paste.
  3. Apply the face pack and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

This face pack can be applied twice a week.

Why This Works

This face pack will enhance the skin tone with the natural bleaching properties of almonds. The moisture balance of the skin will also be restored because of the natural oil present in the almonds.

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9. Basil Leaves And Saffron Face Pack For Pimples

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You Will Need
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 10-15 saffron strands
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Grind the basil leaves and saffron together with enough water to get a smooth paste.
  2. Put this mixture on pimples and pimple prone areas.
  3. Let the pack dry for a couple of minutes and then wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice weekly.

Why This Works

The antimicrobial properties of basil prove beneficial when used to get rid of the pimple-causing bacteria. This herb also has wound healing properties which mean that it will not let the pimples leave behind scars and even treat existing scars (13).

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10. Saffron For Dark Circles

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 saffron strands
  • 2 tablespoons of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the saffron in water overnight and blend the strands thoroughly in the morning, until they dissolve completely.
  2.  Apply this under the eyes and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Also, apply this water on any dark spots on your face.
  3. Rinse it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every morning for refreshed skin.

Why This Works

Black spots and dark circles on the face fade away with regular use of this remedy. Saffron brightens up the complexion and rejuvenates the skin tone.

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11. Saffron Face Pack For Dull Skin

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon Bengal gram
  • 7-8 saffron strands
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the Bengal gram in milk overnight.
  2. Grind the soaked gram along with the same milk and the saffron strands.
  3. Apply this pack on the face.
  4. Wash it off after 15-20 minutes, once it has dried.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this face pack twice a week.

Why This Works

This face pack reduces dullness of the face and freshens it up. Bengal gram absorbs all the dirt, grime, and grease. It also exfoliates the skin (14).

[ Read: Simple Face Packs For Tanned Skin ]

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12. Using Saffron As A Nasal Supplement For Glowing Skin

You Will Need
  • 3-4 saffron strands
  • 1/2 teaspoon cow ghee
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • A pinch of sugar
What You Have To Do
  1. Lightly saute the saffron in the ghee. Remove from the flame and grind the cooked saffron.
  2. Boil the milk and add it to the saffron powder. Add sugar to this and mix well.
  3. Strain the mixture and carefully inhale through the nostrils.
How Often You Should Do This

Everyday inhale five drops through each nostril to get a facial glow.

Why This Works

This remedy is definitely not meant for the faint-hearted. Ayurvedic practitioners have suggested this method of saffron inhalation forgetting a glowing and radiant skin.

Caution

Do this only if you can tolerate the burning through your nose. Also, this remedy is not meant for topical application.

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If the last treatment in our list sounds a bit dare-devil to you, then give it a miss! There are plenty of other remedies with saffron in this article that will give you similar results. Now, when it comes to choosing saffron, there are quite a few varieties available in the market. The process of picking the right one can be confusing. Keep reading to clear this confusion!

How To Choose Saffron

Saffron is very expensive! There are several contaminated and counterfeit products being dyed to replicate saffron. It is very dangerous to use adulterated saffron on the skin as it may trigger allergic reactions or cause undesired changes to your skin which may not always be curable. Also, since we also ingest saffron for some particularly effective health benefits (and not just the flavor), it is very essential to make sure that we have pure saffron to avoid food poisoning or other adverse health effects.

To determine whether you have unadulterated saffron or not, immerse a bit of the produce in warm water or milk. If the liquid turns yellow immediately, then the saffron is fake. Pure saffron must steep in either warm water or milk for at least 10 to 15 minutes before its deep reddish-gold colour or a dark yellowish color permeates in the water or milk, and the saffron aroma begins to develop. You can try any of the above methods at night before bed, but just soak the saffron for at least around eight to ten hours before it can be used.

Saffron is an incredibly safe and time-tested ingredient for improving not just your complexion but also skin health. The only problem in using this spice is that saffron is said to be a heat inducing component – it can cause a lot of heat in the body. Using saffron in the blistering climate during summers can result in small breakouts or boils over the face. Hence, the best way is to use saffron in winters or cooler climatic conditions.

Saffron is considered the king of spices. Well, it certainly is the king of beauty too. Have you used saffron face packs or masks before? Do share your experiences with us.

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