Women Fitness brings to you a complete resource about turmeric benefits for skin care, health care and overall health. Turmeric, also known as ‘haldi’ in India, is a popular deep yellow, earthy spice that’s probably best known for its association with curries and mustards. Considered an herbal remedy due to its anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties, Turmeric carries with it amazing medicinal benefits and is used to decrease depression, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, headaches, diabetes, allergies, arthritis and other chronic illnesses.
Turmeric is a spice used mainly in Asian cooking, specifically Thai and Indian. You’re probably familiar with the Indian spice mix called curry. Turmeric plays a big role in that spice mixture. (curry powder mix recipe) It is also a vital ingredient in yellow mustard. (mustard recipe) Turmeric is bright orange-yellow in color with a light, complementary taste and smell. But just like many of nature’s amazing natural ingredients, it has beneficial skin benefits as well!
Turmeric is knowing for its amazing ability to reduce acne and even scarring. People with oily skin and acne scars can expect to see benefit from using turmeric on a regular basis.Turmeric is also a great antioxidant that helps fend off free-radicals, which age your skin prematurely. Turmeric will help normalize uneven skin tone. Many people say that they were able to stop wearing foundation after using turmeric on their skin. Some people even have used turmeric as an all-natural self tanner. We stress that there are very few skin tones that will match turmeric perfectly. Read on for more info on this.
Studies have also shown that curcumin, a compound found in turmeric that’s responsible for the spice’s dark yellow color, may block cancer growth and decrease tumor size. In addition, turmeric naturally detoxifies the liver. (When your liver is hampered with toxins, your skin appears puffy and congested.)
Aside from helping to alleviate health issues, Turmeric has also been utilized in many beauty products over the centuries. Its anti-inflammatory powers are used to reduce the signs of aging, exfoliate dead skin, clear the skin and ease eczema.
With the seemingly countless benefits of turmeric, here are some great uses of the ‘magic spice’ for not only flawless skin, but amazing hair and health.
Turmeric For Skin Care
Treatment of Acne
Turmeric is effective in the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties which fight pimples and breakouts to provide a youthful glow to your skin. Turmeric face mask not only helps to clear acne scars and inflammation but also reduces oil secretion by sebaceous glands. You can prepare a face pack by mixing turmeric powder and sandalwood powder and adding lemon juice to the mixture. Apply it on your face for 10 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. For acne scars, apply a mixture of turmeric and plain water on the marks for 15 minutes.
Facial Mask for Oily Skin
Turmeric is beneficial for oily skin as it regulates the production of sebum, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. Sandalwood acts as an astringent and orange juice being a source of vitamin C, helps to clear the blemishes. For oily skin, make a paste by mixing 1 ½ tablespoons of sandalwood powder and a pinch of ground turmeric with 3 tablespoons of orange juice and apply it on your face. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Facial Mask for Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, you can make a face mask by combining 1 egg white, 2 drops of olive oil, fresh lemon juice and rose water and a pinch of turmeric. This can be applied to all dry areas such as face, neck, elbows and knees. Allow it to dry completely and then wash off with warm water.
Treatment of Wrinkles
Turmeric in combination with other ingredients is effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. You can prepare a face pack by mixing turmeric powder and rice powder with raw milk and tomato juice and apply it on your face and neck for 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. This will reduce wrinkles as well as brighten your skin. If you have dark circles, you can add a pinch of turmeric to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and apply it around your eyes for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. This is effective in eliminating wrinkles as well as dark circles.