ASCP Skin Deep

September | October 2019

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42 ascp skin deep september/october 2019 The natural anti-inflammatory, brightening, antibacterial, and toning benefits are a great option for clients with sensitive or reactive skin. expertadvice INGREDIENTS Bone Health: Saff ron can also lower cortisol levels and increase estrogen levels, which may account for its positive eff ects on bone health. Brain Health: Saff ron oil's aroma is so soothing and pleasant that it can naturally relieve stress. It stimulates the production of serotonin in the body, which fi ghts stress and depression naturally. Crocin, the active ingredient of saff ron, can inhibit the deposit of amyloid-beta proteins, a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Saff ron oil can also be a natural sleep-inducer, reducing interrupted sleep patterns that can aff ect mind and body health as well as show signs of disturbance on the skin's health. Diabetes: Saff ron oil has the ability to help control elevating blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that including this essential oil in the diet of diabetic patients can keep their blood sugar levels under control naturally. Respiratory Issues: If a person has respiratory ailments like congestion, asthma, or even whooping cough, inhaling small amounts of saff ron oil or ingesting it in small doses can be helpful in aiding respiratory congestion or to help loosen mucus and phlegm. Weight Loss: Saff ron can reduce cholesterol levels, which decreases the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. It also helps with digestion, reduces fat absorption, and suppresses appetite. It also shows promise with improving glucose levels and fat utilization. SKIN & HAIR BENEFITS Acne/Oily Skin: The antifungal content of saff ron makes it eff ective for the treatment of acne, blemishes, and blackheads. Brightening: Saff ron is jam-packed with various vitamins such as A, C, and B, making it possess skin- lightening properties. Because it is rich in manganese, it regulates blood sugar and in turn gives you glowing skin. Hair Loss: The antioxidants in saff ron can also help prevent hair loss. The spice repairs hair follicles and promotes hair growth. It has been found to be one of the best treatments for alopecia. Infl ammation and Immunity: The anti-infl ammatory nature of saff ron enables it to be used as a potent tool against various skin conditions caused by infl amed skin, like acne and rosacea. Saff ron has also been shown to increase white blood cell count without aff ecting the levels of other blood cells. It can selectively enhance immunity without increasing the risk of other blood-related complications. Toning: Saff ron also scavenges free radicals and promotes better circulation to the face, ensuring that the skin looks toned and fi rm. CONTRAINDICATIONS The issues that may arise with ingesting too much saff ron may include dry mouth, anxiety, dizziness/ drowsiness, nausea, appetite changes, or headaches. Just like other natural foods and spices, intake should be limited to the directed amount. The levels of saff ron in recent products in the beauty industry are not at high enough levels to cause these side eff ects. A thorough intake form asking clients whether they have any allergies to foods or spices is always recommended. THE BOTTOM LINE Saff ron is a wonderful natural ingredient for skin care. The natural anti-infl ammatory, brightening, antibacterial, and toning benefi ts are a great option for clients with sensitive or reactive skin. As long as there are no contraindications, this ingredient can help calm infl ammation in the skin as well as other organs of the body. Reducing infl ammation will also help your client with barrier function repair, which is essential for good skin health. Stem cells and the other essential compounds of saff ron are now showing up in our industry in a variety of products to naturally treat a wide range of skin conditions.

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