Turmeric powder (made from the root of Curcuma zedoaria) is a form of ginger native to Southeast Asia. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is what gives it that yellow-orange color. It's also what makes it such a powerful anti-inflammatory and well... anti-everything. The western world brands are super late on something Eastern cultures have known for hundreds of years, and because of it, it's now becoming more popular.
1. Turmeric Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, turmeric can work miracles on condition-riddled skin. It can also help reduce redness from blemishes and calm skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.
2. It Helps Fight Off Acne
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic making it excellent for tackling blemishes and getting rid of acne. It also works to keep bacteria from spreading around the skin minimizing future breakouts. It’s especially effective when combined with apple cider vinegar which has astringent properties, meaning it plays the same role as your average toner.
3. Turmeric Reduces Dark Circles
“Since turmeric is a proven anti-inflammatory and lightening agent, it’s perfect for alleviating this kind of concern,” says Courtney Chiusano, founder of Courtney Chiusano Skincare based in Los Angeles, California. “It also stimulates circulation, which can help reduce puffiness and under-eye darkness caused by poor circulation.”
4. Yes, It Protects Against Sun Damage & Aging Too
According to research shown at the American Academy of Dermatology convening, using moisturizing cream or mask containing turmeric can improve the appearance of fine lines and brown spots caused by sun damage. See here why applying tumeric is the best anti-aging treatment.
5. Reduce and Reverse the Appearance of Stretch Marks
Turmeric has the antioxidative power to penetrate and transform the function of the skin membrane cells, which helps prevent and treat stretch marks. Experts recommend making your own stretch mark-healing paste with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, one teaspoon of turmeric, and a squeeze of a wedge of a lemon (about one-eighth of the fruit). Rub this mixture onto the affected area(s) twice a day.
6. It Soothes Dry Skin
Turmeric can deeply hydrate and revitalize skin while alleviating symptoms of dryness. It naturally speeds up the process of removing dead skin cells to reveal healthy and soft skin, and protects the skin cells from further damage.
There are endless health benefits to using Turmeric. Many ancient societies understood its power and regularly incorporated it into dishes, beauty products, and baths. How will you be using Turmeric? Leave a comment below on your favorite recipes and mixtures.