In the last decade acne has become more than just a source of teenage problems, but also something that bothers both adult men and women. Ayurveda gives us many natural cures to various skin issues, and perhaps the most useful is sandalwood.
Sandalwood and oily skin
Traveling around India, it is hard not to notice the scent of this sacred wood. At shops, restaurant, temples and households, the sweet smell of sandalwood follows you everywhere. Sandalwood grows in the Southern parts of India and when it reaches its 60th year of life, the tree is ground into powder, which is then used in cosmetics and medicines. Furthermore, sandalwood oil can also be manufactured from this powder.
Its soothing and anti-bacterial properties mean sandalwood is a very popular ingredient in natural skin care. Especially those with oily and acne-prone skin will benefit the most from sandalwood’s properties.
Main Properties of Sandalwood
Anti-inflammatory – helps with healing skin irritations and fighting allergies
Anti-bacterial – fights acne, specific problem spots, and stops the development of new blemishes
Cleansing – cleanses dirt and dead skin
Soothing – sandalwood cools the skin down during hot weather and prevents overheating
Anti-aging – diminishes pore visibility, making skin even and prevents the loss of skin’s elasticity
Brightening – sandalwood brightens the complexion and gives a healthy glow making the skin more lively and fresh
How Do You Apply Sandalwood?
Sandalwood can be used in either powder or oil form, can be found easily in the ingredients list of cosmetics that use Sandalwood.
Sandalwood works really well as an emergency solution when you’re faced with pimples. Mix a bit of sandalwood with water to form a paste and apply it on and around the pimple. Leave it on overnight, and you’ll wake up to find your unwelcome spot gone. Another option is to apply a little sandalwood oil on the spot. Sandalwood oil also works in cases of irritation or allergy.
DIY Sandalwood and Turmeric Anti-Acne Face Mask
Nothing works together better with sandalwood to fight acne than turmeric, and the best application method is by creating a mask at home. Follow these easy steps:
• Mix half a spoon of turmeric with half a spoon of sandalwood powder,
• Add some water (or rose water) and apply the mask to your face.
• Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Remember to do a patch test of the mix before applying on the full face.
What do you think about this anti-acne beauty solution? Would you try this or any other Ayurveda-inspired cosmetic remedies? Let me know in the comments below.