For centuries, cultures all over the world have incorporated turmeric into their beauty and skincare regimens. Traditionally used in both Ayurvedic and western herbal medicine for its cosmetic benefits, using turmeric for skin care can help bring out a healthy, natural glow. What is the secret behind turmeric’s ability to restore and revive skin? How can you incorporate turmeric into a natural beauty routine? What are some of the risks associated with applying turmeric directly to skin? We’ve answered these common questions and more below, in our guide to the benefits of turmeric for skin care.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties
Many common skin problems like acne, eczema and scarring can be caused by inflammation. The main active ingredient found in turmeric is curcumin, a powerful compound that acts as both an antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory. Soothing inflammation can help reduce redness, scarring, or puffiness, leaving behind a natural glow. Due to its low concentration and absorption levels in turmeric, combining curcumin with an activator like black pepper greatly improves its effectiveness. That’s why our TurmeriX blend includes black pepper and 15 other activators to fully reap the anti-inflammatory benefits of this natural superfood.
Make your own turmeric face mask at home...
Skip the drugstore and create your own DIY turmeric face mask at home! You probably even have the right ingredients on hand in your pantry already. For a powerful acne-fighting spot treatment, mix a teaspoon of turmeric and ½ teaspoon of raw, organic honey. For dull, dry skin, combine a tablespoon of turmeric with a tablespoon each of water and apple cider vinegar. Massage this exfoliating mask gently onto the skin, leave for 15 minutes, then rinse and pat dry. There are many easy combinations you can try, depending on the problem you want to address!
...or ingest turmeric in capsule or powder form
If you’ve incorporated turmeric capsules into your daily routine, you could already be seeing the benefits of turmeric for skin care! We also love to use turmeric powder to create tasty, wholesome turmeric recipes from traditional Indian curries and nutrient-rich smoothies to turmeric iced lattes and naturally-sweet sorbets. It’s no wonder people from all around the world have been cooking with turmeric for centuries! It’s easy to get creative when incorporating turmeric into your favourite recipes.
Will turmeric make my skin yellow?
Always exercise caution when applying turmeric to your face or skin. Because of its bright yellow pigmentation, turmeric can temporarily stain your skin or leave behind a little bit of residue. This is totally normal and can be fixed with a small amount of facial cleanser or soap. Before using a turmeric mask on your face, we suggest testing a small patch on your forearm first. If you notice any redness or irritation after 24 hours, you may be allergic.
Turmeric can aid in the treatment of acne
Even well into our adult years, acne can be a persistent problem. Pimples pop up for a variety of reasons, from hormones to stress. Using an anti-inflammatory like turmeric can help treat a breakout by calming the red, irritated skin and reducing the size of those pesky, swollen bumps.
Turmeric can help heal wounds and diminish scars
Remember that anti-inflammatory mega ingredient, curcumin? Thanks to this powerful compound’s antioxidant and astringent properties, turmeric has been known to help heal wounds faster and diminish scars (including acne scars) by soothing the inflammation and reducing swelling. Apply a simple paste of turmeric powder and water to the affected area.
Turmeric may help treat psoriasis
If you suffer from psoriasis, you know all too well about the red, flaky patches of skin that can appear seemingly out of nowhere. Psoriasis can flare up without any warning, really hindering your confidence and self-esteem. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, applying a turmeric paste to the affected skin can treat psoriasis by calming the inflammation. Ingesting turmeric may even prevent the inflammation of enzymes that cause the skin to flare up.
If you are suffering from irritation or want to diminish scarring, you might like to reap the benefits of turmeric for skin care! Whether you create an easy DIY face mask at home or try one of our delicious turmeric recipes, there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate turmeric into your beauty routine.
Before using a turmeric-based mask on your face, we suggest testing a small patch on your forearm first. If you notice any redness or irritation after 24 hours, you may be allergic.
Post adapted from TurmeriX Australia.