Sandalwood Paste for Skin

Sandalwood Paste for Skin

Sandalwood paste not only helps in clearing acne and blemishes, but also polishes the skin and makes it soft and supple. This BeautiSecrets article lists a number of ways in which it can be used.
BeautiSecrets Staff
The use of sandalwood to enhance complexion has been known since ages. Sandalwood powder and oil are very prominently used as a part of skin care. The powder is made from the bark, and the oil is extracted from it as well, using the distillation process. It is also extensively used in Ayurveda.

Benefits

Sandalwood contains many antimicrobial properties, and is therefore used as a part of natural skin care regimes, to heal and soothe many skin ailments and conditions. One of the primary uses is to soothe inflamed skin, and clear blemishes left even by stubborn acne. Regular application of this paste on face helps get a clean and clear skin.

Use in Skin Care

Most skin blemishes and scars occur because of pimples and other infections. Pimples are small skin inflammations filled with pus, that can occur on any part of the body, mostly face, neck and back. They develop after the blackheads or whiteheads become clogged and infected. As long as they don't burst, they don't scar. Once they burst, they leave behind acne scars. Sandalwood in powder form can be used to soothe eczema, psoriasis, etc., which helps by soothing the itching and burning sensation. Try any of the following remedies.

» Black Gram Paste
Mix ½ teaspoon of sandalwood powder with some distilled water, and one teaspoon of powdered black gram. Apply it to the infected area, keep it overnight, and wash it with cold water the next day.

» Rose Water Paste
Mix one teaspoon of sandalwood powder with two or three teaspoons of pure rose water. The consistency should not be runny but it shouldn't be too thick either. Apply the paste on the pimples, leave it for about half an hour, and then wash with cold water. To wash off the paste, dab a little water on it first, and clear it off using the tip of your finger in a circular motion.

» Coconut Milk
Applying sandalwood and coconut milk paste, is like giving your skin a double boost of germicide qualities. In a small bowl, mix one teaspoon of sandalwood powder with two tablespoons of coconut milk. This pack can be applied not just to the infected part, but the whole face and neck. Leave it until it dries, and then wash it off with cold water. This is also a very good remedy for dry skin.

» Turmeric
Turmeric is a natural cleanser, but a word of caution - according to Ayurveda, turmeric contains a lot of heat, so use it sparingly. Mix one teaspoon of sandalwood with a pinch of turmeric. Make a paste using the required quantity of distilled water, and apply it on the face. After 10 - 15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

For applying on skin, sandalwood paste should be made with good quality powder, which can be easily sourced from shops that specialize in herbal products. Other sandalwood products like powder, soaps, and scrubs will also benefit the skin immensely.