Saffron has for centuries been revered as a potent beauty aid, indulged in most often by royals and aristocrats the world over. One of the priciest traded commodities in the world, Saffron originated in Greece and has since travelled to Spain, Italy, Iran and Kashmir which now constitute the largest growing regions of the spice. Saffron petals boast brilliant hues ranging from lilac to bright orange and release a sweet and rich signature aroma that is exploited in beauty and food products across the globe.
Saffron has great antioxidant, immunity boosting and nourishing properties and is effective when used in skin care for all skin types. According to Ayurveda, it possesses Crocin, a component that improves the colour and glow of the skin and makes it smooth and supple. It also helps combat dark circles and hyperpigmentation. Packed with various vitamins such as A, C, and the B vitamins, saffron is also known to possess skin lightening properties.
For when the skin tends to get dry, the healing properties of saffron improve blood circulation adding the glow back to the skin. Saffron is an excellent skin toning agent. It helps in eliminating the blackheads and unclogs the clogged pores. Saffron’s free radical fighting characteristics promote better blood circulation, keep skin firm and free from fine lines and wrinkles.
The anti-inflammatory nature of saffron which arises from the large amounts of antioxidant content means it can be can also be used to effectively fight various skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and Rosacea.
Possessing large amounts of carotenoids and lycopene, saffron is lauded for being extremely high in antioxidants. The oil Safranal, which is responsible for the rich fragrance of saffron is an anticonvulsant and is also very effective in fighting free radicals that causing aging of the skin. Safranal is also famously known to cure and prevent cancers.
Conatural’s Saffron Complexion Builder is an Ayurvedic gel based formulation containing pure saffron and Indian madder (manjistha). It’s the perfect natural and instant facelift, employing all the properties of saffron that have made it famous for maintaining, even toned and youthful looking skin. It makes for an excellent day cream for all skin types. Try it for yourself here and indulge in naturally luxurious, healing and nourishing saffron.