Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, having a price tag higher than Gold. Yet just a few threads are enough for you to benefit from all health related magic that it has to offer. From calming your mood to bringing joy to your heart, healing your digestive tract and regulating your internal chemistry, Saffron has proven medicinal powers as an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial agent.
You may not know that anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory power of Saffron works on your skin as well. It is so powerful that top skincare brands are adding it to the list of ingredients in their products and everyday new products are being launched:
Of course the beauty benefits of Saffron are nothing new. It is said that in ancient times, Persian princesses used to apply its oil to their skin and Egyptian Cleopatra washed her skin with Saffron infused water. The skincare industry is just discovering the potential of this spice in skin protection and beautification!
In this article, we will investigate Saffron for its beauty effect on your skin and offer some recommendations for DIY skincare with this luxury spice.
Saffron spice is the dried stigma of flowers in Crocus Sativus L. plant. The stigmas contain very strong compounds including Favonoids and Carotenoids such as Crocin, Crocetin, Safranal and Picrocrocin. These chemicals are all involved in photosynthesis of the plant and are very strong anti-oxidants.
They have scavenging tendency meaning they chase free radicals and donate a single hydrogen atom in order to make them stable. The damage these free radicals can cause is most visible on your skin as thickness, pores, color and quality changes over time revealing early signs of aging.
The anti-oxidant ability makes Saffron an ideal solution for treating inflammatory skin issues such as high sensitivity, acne, inflammation, sun damage, hyper pigmentation, fine lines and aging. According to scientific studies, Saffron is more potent than vegetables rich in carotenoids such as carrots and tomatoes in terms of anti-oxidant power.
Anti-inflammatory power of Saffron makes it a great calming agent ideal for soothing sensitive skin. It also provides protection against environmental pollution and UV rays of the sun by enhancing your immune system.
It helps with collagen production of the skin through increasing blood flow and circulation; therefore, creating a more supple and youthful complexion. Due to its ability to work at cellular level, the next layers of its magic are tissue generation, fine lines prevention, healing of wounds and hyper pigmentation.
The golden color of Saffron is caused by crocin which is effective in treating hyper pigmentation. This condition is caused by excess melanin in some part of the skin such as dark circles around the eyes. Crocin can suppress tyrosinase, an enzyme essential for melanin production thus lightening the color of over-pigmented areas.
Safranal which causes the aroma of the spice is the anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agent while sterol oil is anti-fungal. This makes Saffron a potent treatment for acne prone skins.
Saffron contains other vitamins and minerals that together make complex chemical structure. They can create strong yet healthy effects to nourish and rejuvenate your skin without any side effects in normal doses.
Steaming is great for your skin but when Saffron is added to the mix, the effect is multiplied. You can easily steam your face using a few threads. Just put the spice in a bowl, pour some boiling water and cover your head with a towel over the bowl. Close your eyes and let the Saffron infused steam do its magic.
Like any other skin treatment, Saffron must be first patch tested on a small area of your skin, preferably forearm, for allergic reactions.
You can also incorporate Saffron in your diet in order to create natural glow from within that projects youth and health. This way you not only use the skin benefiting compounds but your foods and drinks look more appetizing with the golden yellow color, they smell divine and taste more delicious.
Saffron tea is a good option to begin. You just have to crush a few threads in a mortar and pestle first. Add some hot water and let it sit for a while until the color is yellow and the aroma is released. You can use honey to sweeten your tea as it tends to be bitter. To have a Persian experience, add some rose water. It will smell divine. Saffron and rose water are great combination for skin. Adding it to the warm milk is another way of enjoying its unique taste and benefits.
Saffron rice doesn’t need introduction as it is famous in many cultures around the world. Marinating chicken with Saffron adds another layer of flavor to your ordinary grilled or roast chicken. You can also add Saffron to desserts creating eye-catching golden color and a very unique taste that becomes memorable.
Saffron is a miracle of nature, packed with health and beauty benefits. It is full of anti-inflammatory compounds that qualify it for being listed as a super ingredient in skincare products of the world’s top brands.
Persian Saffron is the best in the world not just because 89% of the global market is supplied by it but for its scientifically proven chemical profile that has highest levels of anti-oxidant compounds.
These chemicals make Iranian Saffron a rarity that enhances health, preserves youth and provides beauty. It offers you the most healthful, youthful and beautiful complexion that glows naturally from within.