If you want a smooth, radiant complexion with even skin tone and clarity but don’t want to use harsh chemicals, sandalwood for skin is the way to go.
Sandalwood has been used in skin care for thousands of years because this fragrant wood is an all-natural skin purifier. Sandalwood oil contains a number of volatile compounds, among them, are alpha-Santalol and Beta-Santalol, which produce the exclusive, rich fragrance that has made sandalwood so popular worldwide. At present, there are about 65 varieties of sandalwood trees that are found in India, Australia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands. Most of these varieties produce precious oil known as ‘santalum album’ or ‘white sandalwood’, which is suitable for skincare.
Sandalwood can improve your skin health by treating a variety of conditions like acne, boils, dryness of skin, eczema and psoriasis; it can also reduce skin problems like pimples due to its antibacterial properties. However, it should be noted that overuse of sandalwood for skin may cause rashes on the face.
The best thing about sandalwood is that you can apply a paste made from its oil directly to your face every day with a gentle massaging stroke.
This will gently cleanse and purify your skin pores, remove dirt, excess oil as well as dead skin cells while exfoliating the face with sandalwood’s astringent properties that make it a perfect toner for you! Make sure sandalwood is included in your at-home facial kit.
Benefits of Sandalwood for Skin
Sandalwood is often called Chandan in India because it is one of the most popular ingredients in making naturally scented Chandan. The marvelous properties of sandalwood make this fragrant wood an excellent choice for facial cleansing. Its astringent properties make it an ideal skin toner that not only cleanses but also tones your skin pores when used regularly.
Besides reducing blemishes and blackheads, sandalwood promotes an even-toned complexion, and so, women in India use it in various forms to get fair and glowing skin.
Studies show sandalwood oil can also be used as an effective cure for oily skin because its astringent properties reduce the production of excess sebum that clogs pores on the face, resulting in acne breakouts. This is why sandalwood oil is also called Chandan Myrobalan because it cures blemishes caused by hormonal imbalances just like the fruit of the Myrobalan Plant.
Its anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing redness and inflammation caused due to acne breakouts or chickenpox. Sandalwood’s calming nature makes it work wonders on insect bites and reduces irritation caused by poison ivy, nettles, and other allergies. In fact, sandalwood oil benefits include its ability to reduce inflammation on the skin that often triggers rashes or pimples due to acne breakouts.
On top of that, sandalwood essential oil is a strong purgative capable of clearing pores without drying out the skin which means it can be used even for treating oily skin!
It acts as an astringent in tightening pores and clearing acne scars as well as making the complexion even-toned while fading away blemishes like sunspots and age spots.
Sandalwood for Dry Skin
Sandalwood for dry skin is a blessing in disguise! Its emollient properties not only moisturize but also cure dry and flaky skin that is caused due to various factors like cold weather, harsh winds, dusty air, and dehydration. Further, sandalwood brings down the inflamed appearance of rashes on the face by reducing redness resulting from acne breakouts or other allergies. Thus, its anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent choice for a soothing face pack for chickenpox patients as well.
Sandalwood’s purifying qualities effectively get rid of oily patches on dry skin and so it can be used to treat closed comedones (also known as whiteheads) that result from excess production of sebum. Besides, its anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing the swelling caused by acne breakouts and other allergies on the face.
Sandalwood for Oily Skin
Pure sandalwood oil is an excellent remedy for oily skin as it regulates sebum production via its antibacterial properties that put a stop to acne breakouts. In fact, oily skin can also benefit from sandalwood’s astringent powers because they not only clear pores but also remove excess oil without drying out the skin! But remember that using pure sandalwood oil on your face will cause rashes as it is a strong purgative capable of pushing out the toxins from every pore – so make sure you add about 8 drops of sandalwood oil to 1 teaspoon of sandalwood paste and use it as a mud pack to benefit from its purifying powers without experiencing any side-effects. This is a great treatment as part of your deep pore cleansing at home.
Proper Technique for Sandalwood Face Pack
Here is the procedure you need to follow for making a beneficial and natural beauty pack with sandalwood powder combined with rice flour or turmeric:
1) Take 2 tablespoons of rice flour (or one tablespoon of turmeric) in a bowl and add about 3 teaspoons of sandalwood powder. Gradually add little water at a time to make a thick paste.
2) Add 8 drops of pure sandalwood essential oil and mix well, apply on the face and neck and leave until dry.
3) Wash off using lukewarm water and follow with a moisturizer.
Sandalwood Oil for Acne Treatment
Sandalwood oil has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the swelling caused by acne breakouts which is why it makes an excellent remedy for pimples and acne. However, when used as a spot treatment dabbed on acne, sandalwood also reduces redness and inflammation without causing rashes – but still, be mindful of your skin type to prevent triggering any allergies.
On the other hand, if you are new to using sandalwood oil or have sensitive skin then adding 4 drops of pure sandalwood essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (like jojoba oil) can make an easy and safe skin treatment for controlling acne breakouts.
Sandalwood Face Pack for Hyperpigmentation
As mentioned earlier, sandalwood essential oil contains natural astringent properties that help lighten hyperpigmentation caused by acne breakouts and other skin irritations.
Mix a few drops of pure sandalwood essential oil (along with jojoba, almond, or coconut oil as per your skin type) in 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder or oat flour to make a paste and apply on the areas where there are pigmentation marks. Allow it to sit overnight before washing off in the morning using warm water. This is great as part of a European facial at home.
Sandalwood Oil as Toner
The simplest way of using sandalwood oil is to add it to your normal skin toner and use it daily after cleansing your face. As mentioned earlier, pure sandalwood essential oil mixed with carrier oils (like almond or coconut oil) will do the trick without causing any side effects.
Remember, your toner is supposed to clear your face of any remnants after cleansing but when you use sandalwood essential oil as a toner, it also acts as an astringent by tightening pores and making your skin tone even. In fact, its powerful properties reduce acne breakouts while fading acne scars for a smoother complexion, which is why you can also use the same mixture for treating wounds, cuts, bruises, and rashes.
Can I use sandalwood powder daily on my face?
Yes, you can! The great thing about using sandalwood powder to make a face pack is that it does not contain any harsh chemicals or additives which makes it safe for everyday use without causing dryness or flaking of the skin. The better question is, do you need to? Your face can become sensitive with daily use of sandalwood powder so it is better to use it once a week and gradually increase the frequency of usage if your skin responds positively.
Whether you are using sandalwood essential oil, powder, or face pack for acne treatment, you need to be careful as some components can trigger allergies in some people.
Here’s what you should know:
1) People with sensitive skin or rosacea should use sandalwood powder once a week only and gradually increase its frequency if your skin responds positively.
2) Even though many say that sandalwood essential oil is safe for all skin types, it can cause allergic contact dermatitis which leaves behind strong redness and irritation on the treated areas. So before trying any sandalwood product make sure that there are no adverse effects by doing a patch test overnight on the back of your hand.
3) Treatment with sandalwood powder as with many natural ingredients can take a long time to show improvement in skin conditions and you need to be patient, but consistent.
4) Sandalwood powder is also known to cause an instant allergic reaction for people who are allergic to plants in the Santalaceae family which includes many other types of trees like teak, pines, etc. So avoid using it if you are already sensitive to eating fruits or inhaling their scent.
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