Here’s are 7 ways in which turmeric improves your skins look and feel.
Over the years, turmeric has proved to be a one-stop solution for several skin issues for it is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients - we’re talking, one ingredient; several solutions. Introducing this yellow spice to your skincare ritual can help spice things up for it has a plethora of benefits, ranging from acne scars to early signs of ageing. To make your skin goals achievable we’re about to unveil to you everything about the goodness of turmeric! Scroll down to know more.
For starters, you do not have to go hunting to get your hands on this magic mixer! It’s easily available and gets its star, skin-enhancing properties from curcumin, an active component that provides lustre. So, for that glowy post-worthy look reach for the turmeric jar in your kitchen and get #TLCing.
Here are all the benefits of incorporating turmeric in your skincare regime.
#1 Treats Acne
If you’ve not struggled with those critical breakouts, pimple patch problems and excessive concealer chores, you’re lucky because acne is one of the most common skin concerns - that requires special attention. And if you have sensitive skin, chemical treatments too may cause irritation and inflammation! To save you from the redness and rashes, we suggest nothing but natural ingredients; the safest bet.
Turmeric our miracle with its antiseptic turmeric benefits your skin by keeping bacteria at bay and reducing the spreading of redness. So, the next time you're getting event-ready and comforting some dermis drama, this turmeric pack should be on your mind: Mix turmeric with apple cider vinegar and apply it on the acne areas - this makes for an effective spot treatment because the later as astringent properties that work in the same way as a toner.
#2 Does away with dark circles
A lesser-known fact, the most common factor that causes dark circles are hereditary - well yes, it’s in the genes and it overpowers the common: exposure to the sun, lack of sleep, pigmentation and even scratching or rubbing the eyes.
And it’s no secret that the dreadful dark circles can drain down any look, whether it’s a work meeting or brunch with the girls - a stunning outfit and the best blowout don’t do the trick, if your dark circles come in the way. However, you’re lucky to have turmeric to your rescue!
Being the best anti-inflammatory and lightening agent in town, turmeric benefits the skin by reducing the appearance of dark circles. So, you can go easier with the makeup because the organic blessing is here to take the darkness away. And that’s not all! Turmeric also stimulates circulation which in- turn reduces puffiness. It’s time to bid those pesky bags adieu, for this natural mix has your back (and skin.)
All you need to do is mix together two teaspoons of turmeric powder, one tablespoon curd and a few drops of lemon juice and viola, the pack of your dreams is ready. Gently apply the paste on the affected area and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Once done, rinse with lukewarm water for that unmatched shine!
#3 Lightens scars and marks
The marks mania is a hassle most of us have struggled with and while the Lakmé’s Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse does the temporary task for parties, for that natural #nomakeup radiance - turmeric comes in handy. Owing to its anti-inflammatory capabilities.
You don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket to treat stubborn acne scars and marks anymore for turmeric’s cost-effective benefits are here to look after your skin’s radiance. Curcumin, the spice’s #MVP has powerful antioxidant properties which aids the reduction of excess melanin, thereby lightening the skin’s scars and evening the skin’s tone.
To prepare a turmeric face mask at home, mix one teaspoon of turmeric with half a teaspoon of honey. Apply this thick paste on the impacted patches and leave it on for 15 minutes. Once done, rinse with water and follow it up with a mild face wash or cleanser.
The dynamic duo of honey and turmeric will not only heal pimple marks but also hydrate and nourish your skin - so if you're on the lookout for that plushness, pick this regime up.
#4 Hydrates dry skin
If you’ve dealt with flaky skin and that crackling look, you know how real the dryness struggle is. And the worse part? The problem takes a steeper tumble during the cooler months! To save your skin from the chills and dullness, add a rich body lotion to your skincare basket, along with a bottle of turmeric! Why? Turmeric benefits the skin by alleviating symptoms of dryness and accelerates the process of removing dead skin cells. So, when you begin packing for your hilly getaway, don’t forget your woolens and our recommended miraculous ingredient.
Treating your skin to a turmeric-infused mask is sure to leave you with soft and supple skin for the powerful combination, turmeric and milk can do wonders together! Helping you treat dryness, milk helps the skin replenish the dermis’ lost moisture and at the same time, works as a great exfoliator. So, what are you waiting for? Mix your way to better skin.
#5 Prevents early signs of ageing
If asked, who doesn’t want to stop time and lock their youth? We all do! And while this may seem like a farfetched dream, it’s actually a possibility with our kitchen’s unsung skincare hero - turmeric.
If you didn’t know, turmeric benefits the skin by protecting it from the sun's harsh UV rays, which is the number one cause of premature ageing. So, along with your fancy hats and XL sunglasses a serving of turmeric in your TLC take-over, would help enhance the glam.
Just when you think curcumin is the showstopper, it does more! When the skin’s natural oils are depleted, it tends to lose elasticity and starts showing fine lines and wrinkles. Signs of premature ageing first start showing on your neck, forehead and around your eye area. The curcumin compound present in turmeric has strong antioxidant properties that prevents free radical production which in turn controls ageing by protecting skin cells from damage. Know that you know the science behind the scenes, here’s how you can put it you use:
To prepare a DIY anti-ageing face mask at home, mix together one teaspoon of turmeric powder, milk and honey each. Apply the paste on cleansed skin. Let the mask sit on your face for about 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. And there you are, a step close to that best-in-class radiance. You can accelerate this TLC regimes results by introducing a trusted anti-ageing skin butter to your skincare shelf.
#6 Reduces the visibility of stretch marks
The stretch mark is one that bothers mostly all women. However, ladies, you can now keep your worries to the side for turmeric can help lighten them! Brimming with powerful antioxidants, turmeric penetrates and improves the function of the membrane cells which lighten the appearance of stretch marks.
To #DIY your own stretch mark-healing paste at home, all you need to do is mix one tablespoon olive oil, one teaspoon turmeric powder with a few drops of lemon juice. Rub the mixture onto the affected areas twice a day and await the unparalleled results; visibly lighter stretch marks.
Regular application of this turmeric-infused paste is one of the best ways to tackle stretch marks naturally.
#7 Fights off severe skin conditions
If you thought turmeric was only a master in the beauty space, you’re wrong! Turmeric also the skin by treating severe conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. Its natural properties work wonders in treating even the most difficult of skin conditions!
Its cooling elements help curb redness from blemishes and calm inflamed and irritated skin. All you need to do is mix equal parts of turmeric and coconut oil and apply the mixture on red, itchy, inflamed or irritated skin. This easy recipe will help cool and fight such skin conditions.
If you’ve got the questions, we’ve got the answers…
Q. Can one apply turmeric on their face every day?
A. Before applying turmeric on your face, it’s best to first do a patch test on your arms to see if your skin reacts to it. Wait for a day and if no reactions develop, then it’s safe to use it on your face.
Using turmeric alone can leave a yellow stain on your skin. It is, therefore, ideal to mix it with other natural, skin-loving ingredients. Ideally, you should use a turmeric face mask twice or thrice a week.
Q. Can you use turmeric for overnight skin treatment?
A. Leaving turmeric overnight is not a good idea. Turmeric has a drying effect on the skin and leaving it on for longer hours can make your skin feel tight. You don’t want to wake up to stained, tight and dry skin in the morning, so avoid using this ingredient for an overnight treatment.
Q. Does turmeric darken skin?
A. Turmeric doesn’t darken the skin. In fact, turmeric has skin-lightening properties which help you get rid of dark spots effectively without causing any side-effects. Using turmeric along with other moisturising ingredients such as milk or honey will help improve your skin complexion.
Q. Does turmeric burn your face?
A. Using turmeric as a standalone ingredient on your skin can leave a yellow stain behind which is normal. If you’re allergic, then avoid direct contact as that can cause redness, irritation and swelling.