Turmeric or curcumin also called the Indian saffron or the golden spice (scientifically called Curcuma longa), is a commonly used spice throughout the world that has been used for thousands of years to help reduce inflammation, fight infection and help with digestive issues.
The flowering plant grows up to 1 meter high and has yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. It is used in Indian and Chinese traditional medicine for healing properties and cosmetic benefits.
The bright yellow powder is related to ginger. It’s available as a ground spice, supplements, or in beauty and dermatology products.
One ounce of turmeric provides you with 26% of your daily requirement of manganese and 16% of your daily requirement of iron. It is also a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, and vitamin C.
Read below how turmeric may benefit your skin.
Helps Treat Acne
Turmeric has antibacterial and anti-microbial effects that help treat acne, it is a natural antiseptic which keeps bacteria from spreading.
Moreover, turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The turmeric’s active component *curcumin* can effectively fight off the underlying causes of skin inflammation, which may prevent building up bacteria on the skin’s surface, and help with redness associated with acne.
One of the best turmeric facial masks is to mix:
- one-half teaspoon of turmeric powder
- three teaspoons of Greek yogurt 0%
- ½ tsp of honey
Mix everything together into a smooth paste and apply to your skin. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes, then wash with cool water, and follow with a moisturizer.
You can also apply a cream containing curcumin to your skin, it will help regulate skin sebum production.
May Treat Psoriasis And Eczema
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, turmeric can aid treat psoriasis and eczema.
The antioxidant qualities of turmeric may help your psoriasis by controlling flares and other symptoms.
Turmeric can also be a powerful natural remedy to treat symptoms of the skin condition like eczema.
The active ingredient curcumin present in turmeric has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, that help treat the inflammation of skin associated with eczema.
Might Delay Signs Of Aging
Research shows that moisturizing creams containing turmeric had the ability to improve the appearance of brown spots, dark circles, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines caused by sun damage.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin can help slow down aging. It helps prevent loss of skin elasticity due to harmful UV rays.
DIY Anti-aging and brightening mask:
- 1/2 a banana, mashed
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp olive oil
Mix everything together, apply to your face and leave on for 10 minutes, wash and follow with a moisturizer.
Soothe Dry Skin
Turmeric can help with dehydration of the skin, and revitalize skin while reducing symptoms of dryness.
It naturally removes dead skin cells to reveal healthy and soft skin, and protects the skin cells from further damage.
Reduce The Appearance Of Stretch Marks
Around 70 percent of people have stretch marks, these little lines no one like to have them, and they are hard to heal.
Stretch mark healing paste:
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ tsp lemon juice
Mix everything together, and rub the mixture onto the affected area twice a day.