Used as a key ingredient for making curries, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant native to southwest India and a member of the ginger family. Turmeric roots – or rhizomes – can be peeled and eaten fresh or dried and ground up into a fine powder.
Imparting an aromatic, earthy scent with a slightly bitter and peppery taste, turmeric has played a role in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4,000 years to treat stomach ailments, improve blood circulation, and heal skin wounds.
recent studies on turmeric’s healing properties have confirmed that this herb can be valuable treatment and prevent many medical conditions. Curcumin is the main compound in turmeric, it has anti inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
Turmeric has many great benefits for physical and mental health. Continue reading to see how turmeric can enhance our skin, the largest organ in the body.
Correct Oily Skin
Sun Damage Protection
An Anti-Aging Treatment
Skin Cancer Prevention
Treat Chronic Skin Conditions
How to Use Turmeric for Healthier Skin
Want to start getting all these benefits and enhance the look and feel of your skin? There are a few different ways to incorporate turmeric into your beauty and health regimen:
Isolating the curcumin component of turmeric, oral supplements offer high concentrations of curcumin (95%) and so provide a lot of bang for your buck. In order for curcumin to be properly absorbed by the body, it needs to be taken along with black pepper or piperine. When shopping, look for brands that come formulated with BioPerine (black pepper extract).
Applying turmeric directly to the face and body will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rehydrated. You can purchase turmeric cream or make your own. When applying homemade turmeric masks to your skin, always allow it to dry and harden (usually about 30 minutes) before rinsing it away. Here are some wonderful recipes:
All-Purpose Mask – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 teaspoon of honey + 1 teaspoon of milk or plain yogurt
For Acne-Prone Skin – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of chickpea powder + 1 tablespoon of lemon juice + a touch of water
For Oily Skin Types – ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of gram flour + a touch of water
Moisturizing Cream – ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of rose water + 1 tablespoon of fresh cream
Toner – ⅓ teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 egg white + 1 tablespoon of oats
Before using turmeric creams, a word of warning: turmeric has a tendency to temporarily dye the skin. Although turmeric-stained skin doesn’t happen with everyone who uses it, you may wish to experiment using these turmeric recipes on an inconspicuous spot on your body to see how your skin reacts.
If you find turmeric stains your skin, you can try to remove it with a facial toner or make a gentle scrub from sugar and water. If these tactics don’t work for you, another option is to moisten a cotton ball in water and rub the stained area; the cotton should help wick up the yellow color.
While golden yellow skin will fade with time, getting turmeric on your clothing and other fabrics will leave a mark so be extra careful when working with this otherwise marvelous herb!