Let’s talk Turmeric friends! I imagine most of you probably have this spice sitting in kitchen cabinets, nested in between your cumin and chili powder, and pulled out on occasion for the random soup or other concoction. But did you know this talented miracle spice contains numerous benefits? Let’s travel back in time and learn more.
The botanical name for turmeric is Curcuma Longa. Its root is similar to ginger in appearance and produces the yellow colored spice we all know and love. Though this spice has reached new levels of popularity lately, it has been used medicinally for thousands of years in China and India (for its propensity as an anti-inflammatory). But it’s uses are wide ranging. The spice is used as part of wedding ceremonies (as far of a dyed string like the western practice of marriage rings), to dye clothing, in religious practices, and most popularly for cooking. Yet one seldom known benefit of Turmeric is in our skincare. Here are five benefits of using Turmeric in your skincare
1. Sun Protection and Anti-Aging – When mixed with zinc oxide, turmeric can enhance its abilities to inhibit the suns damage, making it a powerful UVA and UVB blocker. Plus this powerful anti-oxidant will hunt down the free radicals wreaking havoc in your body, slowing the aging process
2. Powerful Anti-Acne Aid – Turmeric is Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, and known for its wound healing, making it a fabulous aid in fighting against acne. In fact, several studies show it can reduce sebum production
3. Tyrosinase Inhibitor – That’s a fancy way of saying it can help keep your skin lightened and brightened by reducing the strength of pigmentation scars
So many benefits, but the question remains, how do we best use turmeric in our skin care? You can do a lot for your skin by ingesting turmeric internally. Adding it to your food or steeping it in your tea can help to lower inflammation and will give you access to its anti-oxidant benefits.
Externally, turmeric makes a great face mask. Simply mix with honey or yogurt and allow to dry on your face. A word of caution here. Turmeric may leave a yellow residue after use that should come off with a simple toner, but make sure to patch test your skin before applying to your entire face.
Share with us! What’s your favorite way to use turmeric in your skin care routine? We’d love some new ideas!