Sandalwood should be a beauty staple since it works really well for all skin types. Perhaps that is why a lot of beauty treatments and cosmetic products are infused with the goodness of sandalwood, especially the fairness creams. It reduces the concentration of melanin which primarily responsible for making our skin complexion darker. It also gets rid of acne, dark circles and blemishes, and results in a glowing face. Sandalwood is a one stop solution for all the skin problems. Sandalwood is usually available in the form of powder, and the best way to use it as a beauty treatment would be to make a face pack with the powder.
Sandalwood face packs for skin lightening
Sandalwood and milk face pack
Sandalwood has antibacterial properties which prevent acne causing bacteria from growing in the follicles. While the lactic acid present in milk helps in reducing the blotches and blemishes from the skin. Milk also hydrates the skin without making it too oily. Make a smooth paste with a tablespoon of sandalwood powder and a bit of milk and apply it on your face for 15-20 minutes. Rinse afterwards with lukewarm water. Using this pack regularly will result in fair and flawless skin.
Sandalwood essential oil
You can also substitute the sandalwood powder with sandalwood essential oil. It contains all the goodness of sandalwood extracted in the form of oil. Make a paste with sandalwood oil, milk powder and rose water to form a smooth paste. Rose water is also very good for skin. It tightens the pores on the face and reduces wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.
Sandalwood and lemon juice
Often sun-tan makes our skin complexion darker than it actually is. Using an anti-tan face pack can be quite helpful in this respect. Sandalwood is functional in reducing the presence of melanin in our skin; while lemon juice being a bleaching agent makes helps in skin lightening. Together they also help in restoring the original skin complexion by removing the skin tan, and also make it a few tones lighter by removing the blotches and blemishes from the skin.
Sandalwood and honey
Honey is an antibacterial mild bleaching agent; it kills all the acne causing bacteria, and prevents acne and pimples. Its mild bleaching properties makes it a potent skin lightening agent which coupled with its humectant properties give you a glowing skin. Sandalwood on the other hand has astringent properties. It tightens the capillaries, thereby reducing the blood flow. It also tightens the skin pores, which reduces the chances of follicles getting clogged with sebum and dirt. Often the blemishes and acne make your skin look dull and darker than it actually is. Using a face pack made with equal portions of honey and sandalwood powder can be quite effective in skin whitening and skin lightening.
Sandalwood, gram flour, turmeric and rose water
Gram flour is an excellent exfoliant; turmeric has antibacterial properties; while rose water and sandalwood are effective in curing all kinds of skin problems. Mix equal parts of sandalwood powder, gram flour and rose water with a pinch or so of turmeric to form a smooth paste. Apply using slow circular motions and let it stay for half an hour before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. This face pack is a very potent skin lightening formula as it fights all possible types of skin problems and gives you a clear skin and a glowing face.
Sandalwood and fuller’s earth
Pollution causes premature aging and makes our skin look dark and dull. Sandalwood is also a very potent antioxidant which gets rid of all the free radicals which cause premature aging. Together with the fuller’s earth it also enhances the blood circulation and detoxifies the facial skin. Rose water maintains the overall health of the skin. Make a paste with 2 tablespoons of sandalwood and fuller’s earth each, and mix it with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and rose water each. Lemon juice acts as a bleaching agent and results in considerable skin lightening. Use this face pack every alternate day for enhanced fairness and flawless skin.