In South India Kumkumadi Tailam (oil) is known as the oil that promises radiance and a glowing skin.
There is a reason it does. It is made from sixteen herbs prescribed by ayurvedic texts for beautiful skin. Some texts suggest twenty one ingredients.
Its main ingredient is saffron which heals and softens and leaves skin with a golden glow.Of course you need pure saffron for this.
It also has jasad bhasam which has a naturally occurring form of zinc which works as a sunscreen.
And turmeric which is anti inflammatory .
There are other ingredients – lotus pollen which has anti ageing benefits, manjistha which has mildly astringent and has blood purifying properties, sandalwood and vetiver ( khus) which have cooling properties.
It is a balance of all these –cooling , soothing, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties that make Kumkumadi work on acne prone skin, on blackheads, and help removal of acne scars
One version of this blend also includes goat’s milk and individual tweaks are possible .
But the philosophy behind this blend of herbs and oil is that it treats skin holistically-with cosmetic and therapeutic benefits
Kumkumadi oil is available all over South India but when it comes to ayurvedic products the purity of ingredients is essential.
The Arya Vaidya Sala www.aryaviadysala.com at Kottakal in Kerala (branches all over ) has its own brand which you can buy.
For a luxury option try Kama’s www.kamaayurveda.com Kumkumadi oil . It is their leading seller and you can find it at their newly opened Khan market store in Delhi or at various outlets in Mumbai.
The prescribed rule is to use from three to five drops on your face.
Don’t overdo it if you have oily skin since the base for the herbs is coconut oil.