Hello guys! I’m finally back. The stress of midterms and everything in between was ridiculous to handle but all of that is finally over. (In 2 weeks I’ll have finals! D:) And the stress of everything…has caused me to breakout. -Looks up at the heavens in anguish- BUT, I’ve gotten onto a new herbal skincare remedy: using sandalwood and/or turmeric on your face to achieve flawless glowing skin. Sandalwood has long been used as an ancient skincare remedy on the Indian subcontinent. Actually, it’s part of a recipe that brides use before their wedding all over their body to give them fantastic skin for their wedding day, and night. Sandalwood or chandan, has anti-septic properties, anti-inflammatory properties, soothing, cooling and lightening properties when used on the skin. It also helps to lighten acne scars and works even better when used in conjunction with turmeric or almonds. Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it? Why haven’t I gotten into this sooner? A good friend of mine started using turmeric face masks to help treat her skin woes and reported back to me the amazing results. Curious, I set out to do some research and found/heard a ton of good stuff about sandalwood and turmeric. Turmeric is a lot like sandalwood (they’re both ‘spices’, turmeric is part of the ginger family and known for its coloring properties and sandalwood is a class of fragrant woods, known for its fragrant properties) but turmeric also contains the anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, acne healing, skin tone evening, lightening properties of sandalwood. Now you can either do turmeric face masks or sandalwood face masks or you could combine both together to get a double whammy skin goodness effect. Now here’s how to:
Step 1. Acquire sandalwood powder. If there aren’t any stores nearby that sell sandalwood powder, try Amazon or any online merchant that sells pure, authentic sandalwood powder.
Step 2. Take about a teaspoon of the powder and put it in a bowl.
Step 3. You can make the paste by adding either water, rosewater, glycerin, almond milk or regular milk. It has to be a liquid though so the powder will become a paste. I use regular milk that you get at your local supermarket. I also have almond milk which I’d like to try as well.
Step 4. Mix an equal part of your liquid of choice into the bowl to make the paste. Mix well. *In my experience, the milk doesn’t take to the sandalwood powder too well so you should mix until they’re relatively uniform.
Step 5. Once you’ve got a nice paste going on, apply it to your face. It dries quickly but you should leave it on for about 30 minutes. Some people say to leave it on for longer, some for less, you can do whatever you feel like. If you have sensitive skin, you shouldn’t go over 30 minutes. Since it is sandalwood, it will smell like sandalwood the scent, however, isn’t very strong so it should be fine.
Step 6. Wash and pat your face dry. You might notice that your face has a yellowish tinge, don’t be alarmed! It’s the hue from the sandalwood and it will fade away soon.
Step 7. Continue on with your regular skincare routine.
You can apply this mask 3 times a week for optimal results; however, once a week works just as fine too. This mask is very versatile, you can play around with several different ingredients to amp up the outcome. For instance, you can add lemon juice, honey, chickpea flour, tomato pulp, almonds, cucumber or turmeric, as long as you get a pretty even consistency. What I do is the basic sandalwood mask and for me it works very well.
Results: After washing this mask off, my face looked noticeably brighter and more even toned. As for the yellowish tinge, I didn’t notice any probably because I used my Sephora cleansing pad to buff the mask away with some cleanser or because I have yellow-toned skin and so…couldn’t really tell. When the mask dried, it stiffened much like an egg mask does and it felt like it was firming my face. My face does feel firmer after use and the usual oiliness that’s apparent after an hour withing washing my face, is not there. My face feels really smooth as well and looks smooth and clear; but I think the best effect this mask has had on my face is evening out my skin-tone and making my face glow.
Has any one tried sandalwood or turmeric masks before? Tell me what you think!