Summer is almost here, if not already. Most parts of India are seething in the heat and in this weather; one organ that ends up being the most affected is our skin. Our skin bears the brunt of the harsh sun; resulting in oily skin, open pores, pimples, acne, tan and even a sun burn.
Welcome Sandalwood or Chandan as its commonly known in India. This wonder wood, commonly found in south India, is a miracle worker when it comes to skin related issues. Here are some its common benefits
Anti-Ageing: Sandalwood with its cooling effect helps in shrinking open pores from your face and body, thereby toning it. This gives your face a younger looking appearance as it prevents sagging skin by tightening the pores.
Anti-Tanning: Sandalwood powder is very useful for calming the skin after a hot day in the sun. It heals any irritation caused by prolonged exposure to the sun and cools the skin. It reduces the tan on your face and brings back the glow.
Anti-Inflammatory: Sandalwood paste helps heal skin infections like itching, inflammation, pimples, redness and prickly heat. Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it for half an hour to one hour and see the difference. It will immediately calm your skin and heal it from within.
Soft & Clear Complexion: Regular application of sandalwood on your face and body will result in a smooth, soft and clear complexion. The inherit properties of sandalwood when mixed with other natural ingredients and applied on the face will result in a naturally radiant complexion
Here are 2 remedies you can try at home
- For smooth skin: Mix a few drops (5-10) of pure Sandalwood essential oil in any carrier oil like castor, olive or jojoba. It will make for a wonderful massage oil. Massage your entire body in circular motions and let it absorb all the goodness for about 30 minutes. Wash it off with an ubtan or a natural body scrub.
- Use it in a face mask: Make a paste of neem, wild turmeric, sandalwood powder along with rose water and apply it on your face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water. Your skin will feel nourished and clean from within.