Face-packs are usually meant to nourish and pamper the skin. However, their effects depend largely on the ingredients used. A good face-pack would usually have a two-way action. One is instantaneous, which can be experienced on immediate application; such as hydration, cooling, soothing and refreshing.
The other effect of face packs is more gradual. Some ingredients would penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and work at improving the skin health from within. They would boost the re-growth of skin cells; while also protecting them from age and sun-related damage. Some may also boost the production of elastin and collagen; thus keeping the skin soft, firm, and wrinkle-free.
Lavender oil is an excellent an anti-oxidant that stimulates growth of new cells. As such it boosts the production of elastin and collagen, keeping skin elastic and firm. Thus, it prevents pre-mature aging. This property of lavender oil, along with the presence of linalool in it, renders it an effective healing agent as well. It promotes regular healing of scars, while preventing formation of new ones.
This derivative of Lavandula officinalis flower further detoxifies the skin by its anti-bacterial nature combined with its ability to stimulate circulation and decongest the skin; bettering the health and appearance of the skin.
Rosemary oil is extracted from Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) plant, of the mint family. Its topical application is a proven skin rejuvenator; as it increases circulation and stimulates blood flow. This helps in reduction of puffiness.
The aforementioned property, along with the anti-microbial nature of the oil, helps detoxify the skin and rid it off acne and other minor skin infections. The oil being an anti-inflammatory agent as well soothes dry and irritated skin as well. Finally, it boosts the cellular regeneration process, which helps smooth out wrinkled and fade fine lines.
Manjistha or Indian Madder is known to be extremely effective in case of pigmentation/marks problems. It helps lighten blemishes as well as treat skin discoloration, freckles, black spots etc. An anti-inflammatory agent, it also soothes the skin; and smoothens its tone.
Scientifically known as Rubia cordifolia, it exhibits excellent skin regenerative properties, which helps speed up the healing of burns, wounds and scars; while it also prevents the formation of new scars. Manjistha has also proved effective as a remedy against acne, its recurrent forms as well as other minor skin infections.
Marigold oil is a natural moisturizer for dry skin. Presence of triterpenes renders this non-toxic oil, its anti-inflammatory action, which soothes any irritated area of the skin. And its antioxidant content, of polyphenols and carotenes, helps delay premature aging; stimulates wound healing; and prevents formation of scars.
Sourced from pot marigold, or Calendula officinalis, the presence of tannins renders this oil astringent like properties. This combined with anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties, makes it beneficial for ridding the face of impurities. This even helps fight acne and other minor skin problems.
Sandalwood is a time-proven natural way, for achieving a flawless complexion. It owes its anti-microbial properties to the presence of a component beta-santalol. This makes it extremely effective in tamping down acne flare-ups, and reducing blackheads; while it also acts as an anti-septic for minor skin problems, including cuts and burns. It is even known to clear ugly spots and blemishes; including ones left by stubborn acne.
It is suitable for both dry and oily skin types. It hydrates the former; while shrinks pores and reduces oiliness of the latter. It even protects either from UV damage. Sandal further helps in soothing dry skin, rashes and burning sensation; as well as in reducing inflammation and itching.