Turmeric is a spice used mainly in Asian cooking, specifically Thai and Indian cuisine. You’re probably familiar with the Indian spice mix called curry. Turmeric plays a big role in that spice mixture, and it’s also present in yellow mustard. Turmeric is bright orange-yellow in color, with a light, complimentary taste and smell. But just like many of nature’s amazing natural ingredients, it has valuable skin benefits as well! Indian women, in particular, have been using turmeric as a skincare ingredient for centuries.
You can easily find this spice in any grocery store spice aisle. Just make sure it is 100% turmeric with no additives. You can also easily order turmeric online via Amazon if you want.
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Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce redness from blemishes and calm rosaceous, and the antibacterial properties disinfect the skin and combat acne. It also reduces the appearance of dark circles.
Turmeric is known for its amazing ability to reduce acne and the dark marks that remain on the skin once acne clears. People with oily skin or acne scars who use turmeric on a regular basis can expect a noticeable improvement in the quality of their skin. Turmeric is also said to heal wounds. In addition, turmeric is an antioxidant that fends off free radicals that cause premature aging and sun damage, and it can also help to correct an uneven skin tone. Many people who use turmeric skin treatments find their skin looks so good that they stop using foundation altogether. Some people swear by the turmeric cream called Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream for clearing up their skin and calming it as well. You can also find turmeric in Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask which can be used once or twice a week for glowing skin.
In addition to being used as a spice and a beauty product, turmeric is also used as a dye, and some people use it as an all-natural self-tanner. Before you slather yourself in the stuff, know that very few skin tones match turmeric perfectly. If you have light skin especially, it will probably temporarily stain your skin, while other skin tones might get a radiant glow. Don’t let it scare you, though. If you’re apprehensive about trying a treatment, apply it before bed. Of course, as with any home remedy, you should consult your doctor before using this treatment.
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How to Make a Turmeric Face Mask:
If you regularly make your own skincare treatments, try adding a bit of turmeric to your favorite face mask recipe, or you can make your own turmeric face mask:
Heat up a teaspoon of raw honey in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
In a dish, combine the honey with a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of milk or Greek yogurt.
Wash your face, pull your hair back and apply the mask to your face using your fingers or a spoon. Be careful applying the mask, as turmeric can stain.
Let the mask dry and harden for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Rinse the mask off with warm water.
This turmeric mask will help clear and smooth your skin, minimize your pores and make your skin appear fuller and plumper. If the turmeric stains your face, simply wipe it off with a facial toner.
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Another way to get skin benefits from turmeric is to make a drink from the spice. This way you can help your skin from the inside out. This recipe comes from Dr. Andrew Weil:
- Boil two cups of water
- Add half a teaspoon of ground turmeric
- Stir and then cover
- Allow simmering for 10 minutes
- Filter through a tea strainer