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7 Benefits of Sandalwood for Skin

Sandalwood or Chandan powder is a woody fragrance used in Aromatherapy. It is well-known for its serene, calming effect. Sandalwood powder or oil is prized in Ayurveda and Ancient Chinese Medicine system. It has been a home remedy for skin and several health conditions for ages.

I still remember my grandma’s advice to apply sandalwood to treat pimples and acne. Sandalwood is a natural antibacterial treatment to clear away your zits.

What’s the Best Sandalwood Variety You Must Get?

There are 5 types of sandalwood varieties found:

  1. Australian Sandalwood
  2. Hawaiian Sandalwood
  3. Indian Sandalwood
  4. Red Sandalwood
  5. Pacific Islands Sandalwood

Among these, Indian Sandalwood varieties are the purest. They are the most effective of all for the skin.

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Here’s why you should consider adding sandalwood to your skincare routine:

1. Clears out Acne

Sandalwood reduces excess oil and sebum production from the body. They are the common reasons for blocking dirt that causes acne.

According to studies, sandalwood oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. They help in treating acne, pimples, and skin infections.

In a study, a topical blend of salicylic acid with purified sandalwood oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne.

Another 2012 study concluded that sandalwood is well tolerated by the skin and reduces lesions by 90% in acne patients.

Prepare an anti-acne paste, apply it and leave it overnight. And witness the sandalwood acne-fighting properties at home.

2. Delays the Signs of Ageing

Sandalwood is full of antioxidants. They fight free radicals, which are responsible for cell damage and the aging process.

These free radicals are the results of alcohol abuse, poor nutrition, pollution, and smoking. They quicken the process of aging at a young age.

A study proves that sandalwood is an excellent anti-aging agent. Also, it does have any side effects.

Take sandalwood oil steam once or twice a week to maintain a wrinkle-free, youthful skin. It is a good replacement for exposing your skin to harsh chemicals.

3. Skin Whitening Effect

Exposure to harmful UV rays and pollution leads to excess production of melanin. Melanin is a skin pigment responsible for skin tan.

Sandalwood contains alpha-santalol that inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme required for melanin production. Thus, it prevents abnormal skin pigmentation due to exposure to UV rays.

You can try a sandalwood skin whitening mask at home. Make a paste by mixing the sandalwood powder, honey, curd, and lemon juice. Put it on your face for 20 minutes and wash it off. Apply it once or twice a week to prevent skin tanning.

4. Lightens Scars & Even tones Skin

The skin-lightening effect of sandalwood helps lighten scars, dark spots, blemishes, and eczema. It even tones your skin and cleanses your pores of impurities.

A 2018 study found that a mixture of sandalwood and honey can prevent hypertrophic scarring (thick, inflamed scars).

5. Moisturizes Dehydrated Skin

Sandalwood oil is super hydrating for dry, dehydrated, patchy skin, especially in winters. It is rich in alpha-santalol and phytochemicals. Hence, sandalwood moisturizes your skin and treats dry, itchy patches.

You can use sandalwood oil for psoriasis to experience relief from itchiness and dryness.

Prepare a paste by mixing sandalwood powder in milk. Apply it on your face or psoriasis patches for about 10 minutes. The hydration bomb (powder) will do your dry, irritated skin a huge favor.

Sandalwood for skin

6. Heals Wounds

In Ayurveda, Sandalwood oil is well-known for its antiseptic, and anti-bacterial properties. It works by healing skin tissues and has a cooling effect to reducing the burning sensation of the wound. Its skin-lightening effect helps you get rid of scars as well.

7. Soothes Sensitive Skin

Even if nothing suits your sensitive skin, sandalwood will cause you no harm. Its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and soothing properties are perfect for soothing itchy, irritated skin.

The cooling effect of sandalwood is a great remedy for skin-related problems. It cures rashes, sunburns, insect bites, infections, skin reactions, acne, and more.

Final Verdict

Sandalwood is a time-tested skin treatment medicine. It has been effective for acne, scars, dryness, oiliness, and several skin conditions.

Sandalwood masks are common among bride-to-be for their skin-brightening, deep-cleansing, and glowing effects. And its skin-soothing effect on burns, wounds and itchy skin patches makes it a go-to natural cure in Indian homes.

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