Saffron, commonly called ‘Kesar’ in Hindi, is the world’s costliest spices by weight. It has not only been used for centuries as a seasoning and coloring agent in food but also as a beauty ingredient of the royals since ancient times. Today, this expensive ingredient is found only in top end beauty products, such as Ayana’s Kesar Badam soap.
Skin benefits of Saffron
What makes Saffron so amazing for the skin is its excellent purifying and anti-bacterial properties. It…
…hydrates dry and dull skin, especially in winters.
…provides glowing skin and a luminous complexion by improving blood circulation to the skin.
…lightens and brightens the skin by removing tan.
…tones and prevents premature aging of the skin.
…helps treat acne and blemishes, due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
…heals wounds and scars.
…prevents hair loss, repairs hair follicles and promotes hair growth.
Saffron is used in beauty care in a variety of ways that range from homemade face packs, creams, etc. mixed with other beneficial ingredients. To get the best results selection and storing Saffron assumes importance.
Proper selection of this expensive spice is important, since not all that is available in the market is either genuine or pure. Saffron is available in three forms – as saffron threads, saffron tips and saffron powder.
Look for the following to ensure you are buying the right stuff:
- Buy it from a reputed distributor.
- Packaging should be airtight.
- Go for dark red saffron threads; redder the color, better the quality.
- Threads should have orange tips, otherwise Saffron is either of inferior quality or dyed.
- Avoid threads with color variation, traces of yellow or white spots with yellow stamens attached.
- Threads should be hard and brittle to touch.
- Have a strong and sweet smelling fresh aroma.
- Avoid powdered form or low-priced Saffron, as both are bound to be adulterated or fake.
If Saffron is not stored properly, it loses its beneficial properties. So, ensure the following for proper storage:
Airtight container: The best way to store Saffron is in an airtight container, preferably in a glass jar.
Temperature and humidity: Store Saffron in a cool, dark and dry place. The ideal temperature for storing it is below 68oF. Humidity should be less than 40 percent.
Light exposure: Saffron is light sensitive, so prevent direct exposure to light by wrapping it in a foil, if storing in a transparent jar.
Expiry: Properly stored Saffron can last for several years but use it within two years to get its full benefits.
Ayana’s Kesar Badam soap
Ayana’s Kesar Badam soap is an excellent product from Ayana Wellness. Using it avoids the hassle of selecting, storing and preparing homemade Saffron-based products. In soap, Saffron is already added in the right amounts. Just by using the soap, you will obtain the full benefits of Saffron, along with the excellent benefits of Almonds (Badam).
The soap can be ordered online from ayanaproducts.com.