Beauty benefits of tumeric. In India and China and throughout much of the East, tumeric has been used as both a spice and a beauty aid for hundreds of years. For many it is a staple in their everyday and for others, it is just an exotic spice that they barely know exists. Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more articles about tumeric. As I delved into my research, I realized just how amazing this spice is (it has over 300 antioxidants and powerful antibacterial properties) and I’m now fairly convinced that it should be in everyone’s kitchen and beauty cabinet.
BEAUTY BENEFITS OF TUMERIC
Why tumeric? Okay, so other than the fact that tumeric has been around forever, why would you want to put aside all the lovely creams you are already using to pick up something new? Well, here’s the thing. It’s not new and it’s an ingredient that has already been proven for hundreds of years and in my mind, that counts for a lot. It helps rejuvenate and balance your skin, treats acne, eczema and even rosacea by soothing your skin, while helping heal scars and evening out discolorations. Here’s what you’ll find in tumeric: Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese and Iron.
Basic tumeric mask for glowing skin. This is a very basic mask, but you can add any other ingredients you might have at home. This mask will work as an anti-ageing and soothing mask as well for anyone who has oily skin or acne prone skin.
Combine equal parts (1 tablespoon should do) of raw honey with milk (or Greek yogurt) and tumeric to make a skin brightening face mask. For an extra kick, add a tablespoon of avocado into the mix. Leave on for 15 minutes or until the mask dries.
Other ingredients you can use: organic coconut or almond oil, oatmeal or rice powders which will hydrate and sooth irritated skin. For those of you with oily complexions, try adding a few drops of lemon juice which is a natural astringent.
WHAT THE “OTHER” INGREDIENTS DO:
Milk & Yogurt. Both milk and yogurt, filled with calcium, Vitamin B and zinc, work to nourish and soften your skin while gently exfoliating it and helping to fight premature ageing.
Honey. With its antibacterial properties, raw honey will help clarify your skin and heal breakouts. It also helps to even out discolorations.
Avocado. Packed with essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and anti-ageing properties, it is great protection against free radicals that destroy your skin.
Lemon. A natural astringent that helps reduce the appearance of large pores, it will deep cleanse your face and kill off bacteria that causes breakouts.
Oatmeal. Perfect for irritated and sensitive skin, oatmeal gently sloughs away dead skin cells leaving you with smooth glowing skin.
Coconut Oil. Not only does it embody the scent of summer, but it’s a natural moisturizer with antibacterial properties.
Almond Oil. Rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids, zinc and potassium, almond oil is hypoallergenic and can be applied to even the most delicate skin.
Dry skin. If you have really dry or cracked skin on your elbows or feet, try combining 1 tablespoon with a few drops of coconut oil. Make it into a thick paste and apply it for 10-15 minutes and then take a warm bath. For your face, simply exchange the oil with whole milk.
Lightening skin and stretch marks. Lemon juice, which tones oily skin and raw honey which has a bleaching effect on skin discolorations combined with tumeric, will have a lightening and hydrating effect on dark spots. Leave on for 30 minutes. For stretch marks, substitute the lemon juice and honey with gram (chickpea) flour and milk (although yogurt or water will also do).
Treatment for burns and cuts. Since tumeric is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, it’s great for healing minor burns and cuts. Simply combine 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric with 1 tablespoon of oatmeal and aloe vera to create a healing and cooling mask.
Facial hair removal. This mask is seriously one you’ll want to eat. Mix 1 papaya with 1 teaspoon and spread over your face. Not only is it a wonderful enzyme rich face mask, but it will also diminish hair growth over time.
Hair treatment. For anyone who’s dealing with dandruff or even just an irritated scalp, try combining olive oil and tumeric for a rich hydrating and soothing mask. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then follow it up with a natural or at the very least, paraben and sulfate free shampoo.
Keep in mind that tumeric, which is beautifully vibrant in a yellow gold shade, can stain your skin and your clothes, so use it sparingly and watch out for drips.