Unwind and brighten your skin with Saffron
Covid-19 and living life under lockdown has certainly dramatically increased our stress and anxiety levels.
Stress effects on skin
When our body is under stress cortisol levels increase, which if left unchecked can inflame the skin. This worsens any existing skin-related issues, like eczema and psoriasis.
Stress is also a contributing factor for causing dull and premature ageing of the skin, which in turn increases our chance of getting sun and age spots.
Saffron at Home Spa treatment
If you enjoy a relaxing spa treatment to help you unwind, I have just the treat for you with my DIY Saffron & Coconut Facial Mask.
Since ancient times Saffron has been used as a medicinal treatment, spice, colorant and beautifier. It is the most expensive spice in the world, and more expensive per gram than gold.
Fortunately, a little goes a long way. There are around 463 strands per gram of Saffron, which would yield approximately 150 servings, if using the recommended amount of 3 strands per person.
So why not treat yourself to a litte luxurious indulgence at home?Saffron spice contains crocetin and crocin, which what gives this mask its yellow colour and helps brighten the skin.
I also use the spice in my Saffron Glow Facial Oil
Did you know that Saffron petals are also beneficial to your skin?
The purple petals contains a compound called Kaempferol, which is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties! When mixed with water the flowers will release their compounds, turning the water blue!
I use the petals in my Saffron Glow Cleansing Mask, which helps refresh and rebalance the skin.
Saffron & Coconut Milk Facial Mask
Saffron will help brigthen the skin and coconut milk powder will leave it feeling refreshed and nourished.
- 1-2 threads of saffron ( you can use as little as 1 thread for this mask)
- 10g coconut milk powder
- Break up the saffron threads with hands. Using a pestle and mortar, grind up the broken pieces of saffron. Add 1tsp of the coconut milk powder and stir. This will absorb the extracts from the saffron into the powder rather than leaving it stuck on the sides of the mortar.
- Mix in the rest of the coconut milk powder.
- Add 1-2 tsp of water to create a creamy paste. Apply to the face with your finger tips or facial mask brush.
- Leave for 5-10 minutes and remove with a clean facial cloth and warm water.
- Leave the face mask on for 5-10 minutes. Wet your finger tips, and in a circular motion rub the mask into your face paying particular attention to the T-zone area. Remove the mask with a clean facial cloth and warm water
For added exfoliation:
Replace 3gs of coconut milk powder with almond powder, organic cornflour (organic cornflour has a rough texture compared to the fine powdery textured ones found in large supermarkets) or baking soda.
Stress effects on the body
Now let us turn our attention to caring for your skin and health from the inside out!
Saffron Helps Lower Inflammation
Inflammation is a vital and normal part of the way in which the immune system coordinates with tissues in order to repel invaders and respond to injury.
It is beneficial when temporary, but when it becomes constant (i.e. triggered by ongoing stress), regeneration and tissue maintenance start to run awry and many disease processes accelerate.
Inflammation tends to increase with age and induce health related problems such as heart disease, etc.
A growing body of research shows that the spices you use to give your food flavour can ease inflammation and subsequent chronic pain. That’s because many spices contain antioxidants and chemical compounds that disrupt the body’s inflammation-signalling pathways and lower the body’s levels of pro-inflammatory cytokine.
Saffron contains crocin and crocetin, which have been attributed to having an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
Other inflammatory spices include: Cloves, Black Pepper, Turmeric, Garlic, Cinnamon, Cayenne and Ginger.
protect the skin. When applied topically, Beta carotene, the fat soluble anti-oxidant found in Saffron, will help repair and brighten the skin’s natural complexion.
The petals from the saffron flower Crocus L. Sativcus also contain similar compounds to the spice, so you can also help cleanse, re-balance and refresh your skin’s appearance using Saffron Glow Cleansing Clay mask.
Set includes free cottong cleansing pad!