Top 5 Favorite Sandalwood Face Masks
The use of sandalwood or chandan dates back thousands of years and not only in India, Egyptians used sandalwood for its medicinal properties and like in India, in rituals to honor their gods. It was widely used as a beauty ingredient in the form of perfume and soaps and is still used today, particularly in skincare masks. Check out our top 5 favorite recipes and let us know what you think!
Sandalwood And Rosewater Face Pack is one of the easiest packs ever and makes use of only sandalwood. Sandalwood by itself can do wonders for the skin.
1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder
Add the rose water as needed to the sandalwood powder. Create a paste and apply to the face and neck. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Sandalwood, Coconut, And Almond Oil Face Pack. The coconut and almond oil, when combined with sandalwood, will help to add moisture to the skin and prevent any burning caused due to dryness.
1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon almond oil
Mix sandalwood powder with coconut oil and almond oil to make a paste. Add a few drops of rose water as required. Apply on the face and neck. Let the pack sit for 15 to 20 minutes and wash it off with water. Follow up with a hydrating essence toner and moisturizer.
Sandalwood, Tomato Juice, And Fuller’s Earth Face Pack is great for oily acne-prone skin types. Sandalwood, when combined with tomato (which is an astringent), penetrates deep into the skin. It cleans the pores of oil and dirt while removing whiteheads/blackheads, giving you a glowing and blemish-free skin.
1/2 teaspoon of sandalwood powder
1/2 teaspoon of tomato juice
1/2 teaspoon of fuller’s earth (multani mitti)
Mix the sandalwood powder and tomato juice in a bowl. Blend well to avoid lumps. Add the fuller’s earth to the mixture prepared in step 1 and mix well. Add a few drops of rose water to obtain even consistency. Apply on face and neck and leave to dry for 15 minutes. Wipe using cotton dipped in ice cold water.
Sandalwood, Curd, And Honey Face Pack. This is a great pack for de-tanning, as sandalwood works excellently to remove impurities and harshness caused by the sun’s harmful rays. Curd acts as a cooling agent and keeps your skin soft.
1 tablespoon sandalwood
1 teaspoon sour curd
1/2 teaspoon honey
Combine the sandalwood and curd to form a paste. Add in the honey and mix well. Apply the pack on the face and neck. Leave it on for about half an hour to one hour. Wash off with water.
Haldi/Bridal Mask. In a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony, Haldi (meaning Turmeric in Hindi) is an important event that occurs just a couple of days before the wedding. During Haldi, the women in the family prepare a special paste made of turmeric, sandalwood, rose water and a special herbal mix. Going from the toes up, the yellow paste is applied on the legs, arms, hands and feet. The aim of the Haldi mask is to clean and brighten a bride’s skin, so as to look flawless throughout the wedding. However, you don’t need to be rbide to give this powerhouse mask a try!
There are many ways to make the mask, but this is the recipe for the traditional one:
½ tbs of organic turmeric
1 tbs of chickpea flour
½ tsp of sandalwood (with its anti-acne properties, it works great with turmeric)
rose water or milk (if you have a sensitive skin, use milk instead of water)
To form a paste, first mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. The consistency should not be too thick but also not too watery. If needed, you can add more chickpea flour to make the mix more solid.
Apply the mask on your face and neck and leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Do this alongside your with your regular skin care routine and don’t forget to put on some moisturizing cream.