As one of the earliest innovators of cosmetics and beauty rituals, her secrets are still sought after today.
Without access to the technology and options available today, the ancient beauty queen had to rely on natural solutions to maintain her legendary appearance.
Well known for her flawless complexion, Cleopatra is even thought to have used saffron-infused milk baths to lighten and smooth her skin in preparation to meet her suitors.
Saffron, sometimes thought of as the King of Spice, is most popularly known for imparting food with its unique flavoring and rich golden hue. Historically, saffron has been used for thousands of years to cure a myriad of diseases and injuries.
Saffron contains more than a 150 volatile compounds, among them, manganese, Vitamin C, iron, and potassium and is loaded with antioxidants. It is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties, and is considered by some to be one of nature’s miracle spices.
Aside from its historical uses for healing, saffron has been a luxury beauty secret utilized by royalty for centuries to keep skin bright and healthy.
Thanks to the cultivation and intense harvest process, a full saffron bath is an expense few are able to spring for today but there are still ways to incorporate saffron into your beauty regimen to leave you with skin fit for a queen.
Here are some tips to do it on your own:
Saffron is loaded with carotenoids, which can be helpful in repairing cell damage and reducing the signs of aging. Try mixing a few strands of saffron with a tablespoon of honey and massaging into your face.
Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes before rinsing off. This double-dose of antioxidants will hydrate and heal damaged skin to help restore a youthful glow.
Saffron has been known to lighten skin and smooth out imperfections. Add 4-5 strands of saffron to 2-3 teaspoons of boiled milk and grind together until the milk has turned yellow.
Apply to your face as a mask and allow to dry for about 5 minutes before gently rinsing off. The addition of the lactic acid from milk helps exfoliate the skin, can reduce the appearance of scars and dark marks, and may also gradually lighten the skin.
This milk mask may also help even out embarrassing sun tan lines.
Soak saffron in rosewater for at least 15 minutes to release its full color and beneficial properties, then use a cotton ball to apply to your face after cleansing and exfoliating.
This toner can help remove dead cells and help maintain healthy pH levels to leave you with fresh, glowing skin.
Combining saffron with an extra antibacterial punch from basil can make a killer spot treatment for acne and blemishes.
Grind 4-5 basil leaves and 10 saffron threads into a thick paste with a few drops of water. Apply to problem areas for about 15 minutes and then rinse off.
Adding some saffron into your sugar scrub can exfoliate and enhance the skin in one step.
Grind some saffron with sugar and a small amount of coconut oil to make a paste.
Then scrub the paste on your face and neck to remove dead skin cells, rinse with cool water and pat dry.
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