Why Saffron is a Powerful Ayurvedic Alternative to Vitamin C

Why Saffron is a Powerful Ayurvedic Alternative to Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been a fan favorite in the beauty industry as of late and a new lineup of brightening serums is quickly becoming a mainstay on every beauty enthusiast’s bathroom counter. With “brightening” being the buzzword on everyone’s lips, we can’t help but draw our attention to an ancient remedy that’s been used for brightening for thousands of years. Saffron, which itself is rich in vitamin C, offers many of the properties of the buzzy ingredient—and then some. We’ve touted the numerous benefits of saffron before, but now we’d like to dive into all the reasons the potent spice is a powerful ayurvedic alternative to vitamin C.

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It’s a natural defense against hyperpigmentation.

It’s no wonder saffron has been tapped for its beauty benefits since ancient times (it is said that even Cleopatra incorporated the spice into her bathing rituals). Saffron is rich in natural carotenoids—namely crocin and crocetin—which lend the spice its distinct orange color and work to naturally brighten the skin, gently lifting away evidence of hyperpigmentation to reveal a luminous radiance.

It clears the complexion.

Saffron’s anti-inflammatory properties benefit the body internally but also work their magic when applied topically—which is exactly why we included it in our Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque. In addition to visibly brightening the skin to unveil a healthy glow, saffron provides relief to inflamed or irritated skin to reveal a clearer complexion. Crocin also boasts antibacterial benefits, making it helpful in fighting acne and thus potentially deterring future hyperpigmentation caused by scarring.

It has anti-aging properties.

Saffron is brimming with antioxidants, making it a welcome addition to your anti-aging skincare routine. When it comes to collagen, saffron helps to prevent degradation (a tell-tale sign of aging) and can even help to restore levels, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restoring your skin with a plumper, more youthful look.

It helps with sensitivity to the sun.

When you’re using vitamin C you want to make sure you’re avoiding sun exposure—which is a tall order any time of the year. Saffron works as a natural defense against the sun, making our saffron-infused Radiant Rani Brightening Facial Serum the perfect solution to apply in the morning before you head out for the day. Don’t get us wrong, you should always use sunblock. That said, you can boost your skin’s defense against harmful UV rays because saffron boasts elements that protect the skin from the sun as well as other environmental damage and harmful pollutants.

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