Have you ever heard of a spice that was both conventional and natural and is beneficial to your skin? You must have used it in all your recipes, bright yellow in colour, but did you know it was one of the best ingredients to include in your skincare? In case you still haven't got it, I am speaking about Turmeric which is regarded as one of the best. In case you got it right, you must stay to know a lot more than you think you know about it. Let's look at some of the benefits of this wonderful spice for skincare and as an added bonus a few simple home made masks to make the most of this lockdown. Turmeric (Curcuma longa )is a spice that arises from the turmeric plant. It is the most common in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavour or colour curry powders, mustards, butter, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-coloured chemical called Curcumin, which is often used to colour foods and cosmetics.
Reduces dark circles
It is proven that Turmeric has anti-inflammatory as well as lightening properties which reduces dark circles drastically. It also stimulates circulation, which can help reduce puffiness and under-eye darkness caused by poor circulation.
What you need:Turmeric Lemon Juice Cotton Swabs
Mix ½ teaspoon of Turmeric with the juice of one lemon in a small bowl or mini mason jar until they form a smooth paste. Using a cotton swab, apply some of the paste to your dark spots. Be careful to avoid contact with the eye. Lemon juice will burn and may cause partial blindness. Leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Repeat this process at least twice a week for best results.
Turmeric can help fade the acne scars of your hormonal youth. The anti-bacterial properties of Turmeric along with the anti-inflammatory properties, make sure that the acne decreases. Acne is commonly caused by the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes. You can use turmeric powder in combination with many skin-healthy DIY face mask ingredients, such as honey, apple cider vinegar, yoghurt, or aloe.
What you need:Turmeric Honey Lemon
Mix 1 tablespoon raw honey with one teaspoon turmeric powder. A few drops of lemon juice. Mix into a thick paste and apply to skin. Rinse with warm water after 10 to 15 minutes.
Reduces WrinklesWrinkles are one of the most common problems where everyone is finding a solution to reduce the effects of ageing. Here comes Turmeric, which helps with the dullness of the skin etc. It also helps prevent loss of skin elasticity due to long-term UVB exposure.
What you need:Turmeric powder Tomato Juice Rice Powder
Mix the tomato juice and the turmeric powder along with rice powder. and mic them well in a bowl. Mix into a thick paste and apply to skin. Rinse with warm water after 10 to 15 minutes. Keep doing this twice/ thrice every week. Results can be seen in a month.
Helps with dry skinTurmeric 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. Also, if you increase your intake of Turmeric in tea or add it to your food, it can help you reap more of the moisturizing benefits the spice has to offer.
What you need:Turmeric Milk Olive Coconut or Argan oil
Mix 1 teaspoon of milk, two drops of olive oil and a pinch of turmeric powder in a bowl well. Use coconut or argan oil instead of olive oil. Apply the mixture over your face and neck. The use of milk and oil is to hydrate your skin. Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Follow up with a moisturizer. Use this pack 2-3 times a week.
Brightens the skinCurcumin, which is found in the root of the turmeric plant, is responsible for most, if not all, of the wonderful benefits turmeric provides. Concerning skin whitening, Curcumin effectively resolves hyperpigmentation as well as melanin production. Sun radiation increases the production of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2); it is an enzyme that lessens the collagen content between the outer and middle layer of the skin. Turmeric inhibits the increase of MMP-2, which then protects us from the sun.
What you need:Turmeric powder Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Milk/yoghurt Lemon juice
Take ½ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp organic apple cider vinegar and one tbsp of honey Mix them thoroughly first. Until it has a good yellow texture. Then add ½ tbs milk or yoghurt, mixing until there is uniform yellow all over the mixture. Add one drop lemon essential oil or fresh lemon juice for additional skin brightening. Apply this on your skin, making sure to be careful that it doesn't go into your eyes( if applying on the face). Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Use this pack 2-3 times a week.
Should you use it?
So it turns out that Turmeric is on one of the finest products you can find in your kitchen which can be used on your skin. You should use the recommended face packs above. It will drastically improve your skin condition. These are the best natural DIY face packs you can use. But the most important thing is to make sure that you are patient. Because patience is always required when dealing with natural products. Wait for a month or two before you start seeing effects on your skin.
If you're allergic to any of the above-mentioned ingredients used in the products, please skip them.