Star Anise is a spice that chef Vikas Khanna loves to put in the dishes he makes. In some parts of Indian, it is a staple for some the preparation of certain dishes. But did you know that this pretty looking aromatic spice is excellent for slowing down the signs of ageing as well? 

If this spice is not a part of your regime already and you have probably just begun with a skincare routine that battles ageing signs, then this is the time to add it. There are different recipes for your skin that make all the difference. Here are some of them which are easy and effective. 

Star Anise Water

Ingredients

  • 4 anises
  • 500 ml water

Method

  • Boil the spice in water on a low flame for 5 minutes and let it rest for few hours. 
  • Apply or spray on the face with a cotton ball or a spray bottle. 
  • You can leave it overnight for more effectiveness. 
  • Do this every day.

Anise With Cinnamon

anise cinnamon

Ingredients

  • 3-star anise 
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 500 ml water

Method

  • Boil the water with star anise and cinnamon for 5 minutes.
  • Let it sit overnight.
  • Apply every night before going to sleep.
  • Do this everyday.

Recipe For Deep Wrinkles

If you have some specific areas of your face which need more help in getting rid of the prominent wrinkles then this recipe is what you need. 

Ingredients

  • 10 anises
  • 1 glass water

Method

  • Boil water with the stars for 10 minutes.
  • You will have a nice brown water solution with a beautiful aroma.   
  • Apply it with a cotton ball on the areas which need it most, every night before going to sleep.

Star Anise With Rice Water

rice water wrinkles

This is one is a potent solution that has anti-ageing effects and works like magic!   

Ingredients

  • 5 anises
  • 1-liter water
  • Half glass jasmine rice or mogra chawal

Method

  • Mix the stars with half a liter of water and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Let the rice soak in the other half liter of water for a few hours. 
  • Drain the rice and keep the water. 
  • Mix the anise water with the mogra rice water and every morning and night wash your face with the mixture. 

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Anise Seeds 

Instead of the whole spice, we will just use the seeds

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp anise seeds
  • 500 ml water

Method

  • Boil the water and ass the seeds.
  • Let it boil on simmer for 3-4 minutes. 
  • Now, let it cool down. 
  • Wash your face with this water in the morning and night.

Anise Oil

anise oil

Ingredients

  • 1 drop anise oil
  • 1 tbsp carrier oil (argan and hemp work best)

Method

You can obtain anise oil in three different ways.

  • First is that you get some from the store directly.
  • Another is the method of hot infusion. Here you grind the anise and add to a boiling almond oil for a few minutes and strain when it cools down. 
  • The last would be via a cold infusion where you add the stars to oil of your choice and allow it to soak in the oil for a few days. After 7 days when the oil becomes fragrant then it is good to use.
  • Now, mix the oils
  • Massage on your skin wherever it is needed.
  • Let sit for 30 minutes
  • Clean it off with rose water.
  • Apply only once or twice a week

Anise Powder For Oily Skin

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp anise powder
  • 3 tbsp fuller’s earth
  • water

Method

  • Mix the powder with fuller’s earth or multani mitti and mix in some water to make a paste.
  • Apply once a week on skin
  • Let sit for 30 minutes
  • Wash off with cold water. 

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All the solutions you are making can be stored for a week. Try and test them on the inside of your elbow before applying it on the face. Every skin type reacts differently so we cannot take the risk.

Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more such tips on using spices for our skin health.

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