Why Saffron Might Be One of the Buzziest Skincare Ingredients of 2022

If you know Sweety High, you know we're always on top of new beauty trends and exploring exciting new skincare ingredients—so when we heard that saffron skincare was going to be big in 2022, we wanted to learn everything we could about it.

And lucky for us, we were able to get some great answers from Anne Oliver, founder and CEO of House of M Beauty, a brand crafting saffron-infused French skincare. She was able to tell us about some of the great benefits of saffron, and why she decided to start putting it in skincare in the first place. Keep reading to find out while we'll likely be seeing a lot more of saffron in the coming months.

Sweety High: Most people probably think of saffron as a spice for cooking, but why is it actually a great skincare ingredient?

Anne Oliver: It was through my endless research in using saffron to improve my health that I discovered how this spice was used in beauty rituals for centuries. Through trial and error, I began to test the different qualities of saffron, only to find out that I noticed improvements in my complexion when using the highest quality, premium Negin. From this experience, I knew that saffron was a key ingredient missing in skincare and I set out to create House of M Beauty, a saffron-focused line of multipurpose products primed to brighten, calm and protect your complexion.

Shutterstock: Dried saffron and crocus flower on grey table, space for text

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SH: What components does saffron have that make it great for skin? What benefits does each of those components give to the skin?

AO: Saffron is very high in antioxidants, which is the ingredient needed to help protect skin cells from free radicals, slow down aging and slow down the damages from sun exposure and pollution. Also, saffron is very high in anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which help to soothe your skin and reduce inflammation, and is high in vitamin C, which can brighten and even out your skin tone without being harsh on skin barriers.


SH: What makes saffron so versatile for different skin types? What skin types is saffron best for? Are there any skin types that aren't a match?

AO: Saffron is universally beneficial for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It is high in antioxidants and antibacterial properties which help to soothe skin and reduce inflammation, and also is high in vitamin C, which can brighten without being harsh on the skin's barrier.


SH: What types of skin conditions does saffron help to treat?

AO: Saffron is a powerful spice that has been used in skincare for centuries. It can help brighten the complexion and soothe and relieve irritated skin by calming inflammation, evening skin tone, helping fight blemishes and offering protection against UV radiation.


SH: How does House of M's Saffron Silk Night Concentrate make the most of saffron as an ingredient?

AO: As with all our skincare, we only use the highest quality of saffron as our focus ingredient. Our Saffron Silk Night Concentrate beautifully combines saffron with skin-perfecting key ingredients such as red marine algae, fucoidans and a blend of AHAs. This unique formula works overnight to offer renewed and glowing skin by morning.

House of M Saffron Silk Night Concentrate

(via House of M Beauty)


SH: Why do you think we'll be seeing a lot more of saffron in skincare this year?

AO: Each day we learn about a new ingredient that can be used in skincare. This year, we're forecasting that saffron will be an ingredient to look out for due to its multifaceted benefits, both internally and externally. The powerful ingredient soothes and helps heal skin barriers.


SH: Is there anything else teen girls should know about saffron as a beauty ingredient?

AO: Choosing your skincare routine can be an empowering journey, especially as you begin building a regimen. As brands become more transparent about their ingredients, look for soothing and brightening formulations that include ingredients like saffron.


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