The oil derived from sandalwood (chandan) trees has a number of benefits. From opening clogged pores, to being a tan removing agent, the ingredient is widely used in the production of perfumes, powders, facial creams and masks.
Amit Sarda, managing director, Soulflower and beauty experts at Biotique, lists the benefits of sandalwood:
» Sandalwood naturally contains aromatherapy effects and the extracted oil has anti-bacterial properties. The oil benefits skin as well as hair.
» Sandalwood as an ingredient in soap helps in exfoliating dirt-impurities and clogged pores. It brightens complexion, lightens fine lines and rejuvenates skin cells for a soft and glowing skin. Sandalwood's distinctive soft, smooth and creamy scent, gives the soap a similar texture and which makes the skin smooth, soft and supple.
» Sandalwood in massage oils works great for easing stress. It instantly energizes and soothes the body and mind, and works as a great moisturizer. It provides antibacterial protection to the skin and helps it become shiny, hydrated, blemish-free and beautiful.
A few drops of this oil into warm bath tub water can be instantly refreshing. Mixing it with your favorite bath salts to scrub the skin will make a great difference, making it look and feel healthier.
» Sandalwood protects the hair from damage and hydrates it from within. When used as a shampoo bar, it should be lathered thoroughly onto hair and scalp with finger tips on dampened hair. It should be used twice or thrice a week to make the hair lustrous and bring back the life into them.
» Sandalwood also has anti-tanning properties which help your skin look fresh. Bio Sandalwood 50+ SPF sunscreen lotion can protect the skin against probable sunburns and provide a significant natural defense against UV radiation.