This is the first of a few Sri Lanka-related updates I predict, but beauty-news worthy none-the-less. Upon a visit to the largest Buddhist museum in the world, situated in Kandy, we stumbled across a rather fetching statue of a Chinese Buddha made entirely of Sandalwood.
Our tour guide proceeded to inform me that Sri Lankan women frequently use Sandalwood as a beauty remedy, which might not be big news, but it’s worth noting the array of benefits that Sandalwood brings to the table. Sri Lankan women, I am told, traditionally sand the wood down into powder and mix it with water to form a paste or face wash. The benefits are ample, some of which are:
- To act as a skin protector
- Heal wounds and treat insect bites
- Treat acne, blackheads, spots, itching and overly oily skin
- Treat excessive sweating (mixed with rose water)
- Use as a sunscreen (the red variety of Sandalwood)
- Ease sunburn
- Prevent prickly heat
- Relieve headaches and fevers
…and last but not least, Sandalwood oil can act as an excellent nerve soother/stress reliever and all without the worry of nasty chemicals.
So, it’s safe to say that Sri Lankan women know a thing or two about how to attain beautiful skin the way it should be done – utilising one of the many wonderful products of the earth!