Since times immemorial, people have experimented with the herbs and natural ingredients around them and tried to infuse their goodness into one powerful potion.
Ayurveda too has one such recipe that’s passed over generations as a beauty secret.
Described as ‘Miraculous Elixir’; it’s said that massaging your face with it at night will make your face ‘glow like gold.’
This beauty potion is none other than Kumkumadi Tailam.
It is considered Ayurveda’s invaluable gift to mankind for its uncanny ability to eradicate skin related issues and bring out the skin’s natural glow. The name Kumkumadi comes from one of its key ingredients - red-gold Saffron, which is known as Kumkuma in Sanskrit.
In this article, we’ll look at the main benefits of Kumkumadi oil, its ingredients, how to apply it, and answer the major questions around its usage. First, let’s get down to the basics.
What is Kumkumadi Oil? (And Its Top Benefits)
Made entirely from natural herbs and oils, Kumkumadi Oil (also called as Kumkumadi Tailam) is an Ayurvedic facial oil. It provides cosmetic as well as therapeutic effects for the skin without causing any damage. Besides nourishing the skin, it also works as a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.
The most useful benefits of Kumkumadi Tailam are:
● Working as a natural skin illuminator by lightening the skin tone and improving skin texture,
● Minimizing dark circles and repairing hyperpigmentation as well as signs of aging,
● Getting rid of skin discoloration,
● Treating blemishes and scars,
● Brightening dull skin.
But how is one oil capable of offering so many benefits? Well, the secret lies in the ingredients used to prepare the oil. Let’s look at them.
How to Use Kumkumadi Oil: Three Simple Steps
Below are Three steps to use Kumkumadi oil in the form our Kumkumadi Oil based night serum. It brightens and treats dull, pigmented, damaged and aging skin.
Alright, here’s the first step for using the oil.
Begin with cleansing your face as usual at night. After cleansing, dampen your skin with Pure Rose/Mogra/Lavender/Vetiver water.
Take (2-3 drops) of Kumkumadi Night Serum on your palm, apply over the face with fingertips and gently massage onto the skin until fully absorbed.
In case you are using Kumkumadi Tailam, take 3-7 drops of the tailam on your palm and rub both palms together - it will make the oil a little warm. Now, apply it on your face, neck, and décolleté. You can massage for 5 minutes with outward and upward strokes until the tailam is completely absorbed into the skin.
Allow the Kumkumadi Night Serum to work overnight for best results. Wash it next morning with a mild natural cleanser.
In case you are using Kumkumadi Tailam, then you need to remove the oil with a warm towel or natural cleanser 30 minutes post oiling.
If you’re using the Kama Kumkumadi Night Serum, then here are video instructions on how to apply it.
What is Kumkumadi Tailam Made Of - Top Oil Ingredients
Kumkumadi Tailam is prepared from a herbal paste of over 21 herbs - almost all the Ayurvedic herbs useful for skin are present. These ingredients are first made into a decoction. Then, sesame oil is added as the base oil to absorb the potent energy of the herbs.
Here is a look at the ingredients classified by the functions they perform for your skin.The best Kumkumadi Oil will have all of these ingredients in the right proportion and offer you the following benefits.
1. Kumkumadi Oil For Skin Brightening
The most well-known ingredient of Kumkumadi Tailam is Saffron (Keshara), which is fabled for its ability to transform your skin tone. By rejuvenating the skin cells and promoting blood circulation, it brightens the complexion.
Another ingredient with the same function is Sandalwood (Chandana) derived from fragrant wood of Sandalwood tree. It contains skin lightening agents with soothing properties that make the oil suitable for application even in summers.
2. Kumkumadi Oil For Healing from Skin Infections
The oil gets its antifungal properties from Lac (Laksha). It’s derived from the resinous secretion of lac insects and proves extremely useful in treating skin infections.
Note - Kama’s preparation of Kumkumadi Miraculous Night Serum is 100 percent organic, and cruelty-free and no animals/insects are harmed in the process of sourcing Lac.
Derived from a perennial climber growing in the Himalayas, Indian Madder (Manjistha) provides the have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Extracts from Sappan Wood or Indian Redwood (Pattanga) and Pollen of Lotus flower (Kamala Keshara) give Kumkumadi Taits healing properties and treat conditions like skin inflammation.
3. Kumkumadi Oil for Treating Pigmentation and Discolouration
One of the most critical functions of Kumkumadi Oil is treating discoloration and pigmentation. A natural skin lightening Ayurvedic ingredient, Licorice root extract (Madhuyashtika) in Kumkumadi Oil inhibits the enzyme that causes pigmentation in response to sun exposure. It also helps in diminishing the dark pigmentation resulting from scars.
Wild Himalayan Cherry (Padma), Leaves of the Banyan tree (Nyarodhna) and Vetiver roots (Usheera) present in Kumkumadi Tailaml are other Ayurvedic herbs that are effective in brightening the complexion and treating skin discoloration revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion. These ingredients make Kumkumadi Oil a popular Ayurvedic medicine for hyperpigmentation
However, if you’re looking for getting rid of your tan, then Nalpamaradi Tailam is recommended. Here’s how you can use Nalpamaradi Tailam to remove tan.
4. Kumkumadi Oil for Regulating Oiliness
Indian Barberry (Kaliyaka) present in Kumkumadi oil is known for its ability to reduce the production of skin lipids (or sebum). This ingredient perfect for helping to unclog pores, tame oily skin and prevent acne.
Extract from the seed of Blue Lotus (Neelotpala) is also present in the oil. This extract is a natural moisturizer that results in glowing skin by balancing oiliness and preventing breakouts. The musky scented Mahua (Madhuka) flowers provide the oil its cooling properties and the functionality as a skin toner.
5. Kumkumadi Oil for Hydration and Moisturization
A concoction prepared form 10 power Ayurvedic roots from plants like Bael and Indian Trumpet Flower, known as dashamool is present in Kumkumadi Oil. Due to this, the oil is effective in treating excessive dryness of the skin.
Next, let’s clear a few of the most common questions around the oil.
FAQ About Kumkumadi Oil
Can it be used for oily skin? What about sensitive skin? Are there no side effects? Even while using the best Kumkumadi Tailam, you can have some doubts in mind. We’ve covered all of them below. Let’s start with checking the suitability of the oil for dry skin type
(Note: These answers are specific to Kumkumadi Oil in the form of Kama Ayurveda’s Kumkumadi Oil Miraculous Beauty Night Serum.)
Is Kumkumadi Oil suitable for dry skin?
Kumkumadi Oil is a natural moisturizer that uses sesame oil as the base oil. It balances dry and rough skin by virtue of its Vata pacifying nature. Hence, it is useful for dry skin. You can increase the number of drops to 4-5 if your skin is dry.
Is Kumkumadi Oil suitable for oily skin?
The most common disclaimer attached to the oil is don’t over-use Kumkumadi oil if you have oily skin. It is inadvisable to keep a thick layer of this oil at night. Reduce the number of drops to 1-2. Leave it on for one or two hours and then wash off with a mild cleanser.
Is Kumkumadi Oil suitable for acne prone skin?
Kumkumadi Oil is not suitable for acne prone skin. You can check our Anti-Acne Skin Care range for acne related issues.
Is Kumkumadi Oil suitable for sensitive skin?
For sensitive skin, patch testing is recommended. Start with less quantity for a shorter duration and gradually increase it. Hydrate and tone with Rosewater in case you have oily and sensitive skin and with Mogra water in case of dry and sensitive skin.
Can I apply Kumkumadi Oil after my night cream?
You can try to use Kumkumadi oil and your night cream on alternate nights. If you experience any skin issues, then stop its application. It’s best to not to mix the two.
Can I apply Kumkumadi Oil during day time?
Due to the presence of real saffron, Kumkumadi oil is not suitable for use in the daytime. If used during the day, there is a high chance of getting a tan.
How long does it take for Kumkumadi Oil to start showing results?
Apply the oil regularly for at least 3 weeks to see results.
How to make Kumkumadi Oil at home?
To prepare Kumkumadi oil at home, take a coarse powder (48 gm each) of all the herbs mentioned under the key ingredients (Kwath Dravya) except Manjistha, Mulethi, Mahua, Lac and Pattanga. Soak these herbs in 9.126L of water. After soaking for a few hours, boil this herb water mixture and let it simmer till the quantity reduces to 1/4th. Filter out the concoction (Kwath) and keep it aside.
Now, take 12g each of Manjistha, Mulethi, Mahua, Lac and Pattanga and add a little water to prepare a smooth paste (Kalka). Add both Kwath and Kalka to 192 ml Sesame Oil and boil till only oil remains
Finally, prepare a paste of Saffron and add it to the oil. With this final step, your Kumkumadi Oil will be ready.
Should I make my own Kumkumadi Oil at home?
As the process of preparing Kumkumadi Oil at home is complex and requires many ingredients to be used in the exact proportions, it’s recommended to buy Kumkumadi Oil from Ayurvedic beauty brands.
Should you apply anything before or after Kumkumadi Oil?
You should cleanse and tone your skin with natural cleanser and toners before applying Kumkumadi Oil. Leave the oil to work on your skin and do not apply anything else after its application.
How to use Kumkumadi Oil for dark circles?
At night, take two drops of the oil on to your palm and apply on your dark circle with ring finger. Do this for both the eyes and leave it to work overnight.
Where can I buy the best Kumkumadi Oil?
Kama Ayurveda’s Kumkumadi Oil Miraculous Beauty Night Serum offers all the benefits of Kumkumadi Oil and is one the best in the market.
Can Kumkumadi Oil be used on babies?
No, we do not recommend our Kumkumadi Oil for babies. For babies, you can check our Baby Care range.
Due to lack of time and proper knowledge, we turn to cosmetics that promise quick results but are often left disappointed. Our facial skin has unique needs which if attended to properly can result in a naturally glowing skin. Here’s how you can build your own skincare routine and include facial oil as a part of your daily skincare regimen.
Kumkumadi oil (Kumkumadi Tailam) is based on Ayurveda concepts and heals the skin in a slow, sustained manner. By penetrating into the tissues during the facial massage, it clears the impurities from within.
Lovers of traditional Indian rituals and Ayurveda find the ingredients used in Kumkumadi Oil fascinating for its role in treating common skin issues like dark circles, tanned skin, hyperpigmentation, and blemishes. Kama Ayurveda recommends Kumkumadi Oil Miraculous Beauty Night Serum to treat your facial skin with the numerous benefits of Kumkumadi Oil.
Have you used Kumkumadi Oil to treat your skin issues? Do share your experience and drop any questions that you may have in the comments below.
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