Saffron used in cosmetics and skin and hair care products
Saffron contains minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc, and magnesium. Additionally, vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C make saffron useful for dry or mature skincare products. Because of its hydrating properties, it is beneficial in hydrating creams and heavy moisturizers, scrubs, and facial masks.
One important biological activity of saffron for cosmetics formulators, and the most mentioned activity in most studies, is its anti-inflammatory effects. The observed anti-inflammatory properties have suggested that saffron and its phytochemicals enhance antioxidant enzymes as well as the scavenging of reactive oxygen species which are key mediators in the promotion of oxidative stress and subsequent inflammatory response.