Turmeric is a golden spice that originates from the East. The turmeric root is dried, cured and powdered to create ground turmeric.Though we only use it for spicing up our curries, it has long been used in the Indian sub continent to beautify skin. Ancient Chinese also valued turmeric for its medicinal properties including antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-aging and blood purifying properties. Bring a sunny glow to your face by using a pinch of turmeric as a face mask ingredient.
Check out the Benefits of turmeric for skin.
1.Helps in Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disorder in which the immune system dysfunctions and causes skin lesions with white colored patches. It occurs majorly on the elbows, knees, scalp, back of the ears and neck but can occur in any area of the body.In this disease, the immune system causes the inner skin cells to rise up to the surface of the skin very fast. A chronic version of this disorder is called arthritic psoriasis in which not just the skin but the joints are also affected.Oral consumption of turmeric has been scientifically proven to control psoriasis causing T-lymphocyte autoimmune proliferation.Controlling these cells helps reduce their attack on the skin.Applying turmeric as oils, masks, and creams on psoriasis affected skin can help reduce inflammation and scaling.Those with psoriasis can ensure they add turmeric in their daily cooking.This can be in tea, milk, curries, stews, roast vegetables, eggs or as a general seasoning.
As a nighttime soothing treatment for psoriasis, mix turmeric powder with purified water and apply to inflamed areas. Leave this for a few minutes and wash off. It is important that turmeric should be of best quality for this to work.
2.Correct Oily Skin
In order to prevent the skin from becoming too dry, oils and waxes are secreted by the sebaceous glands. This helps the epidermis retain moisture while keeping the skin soft and supple. Excessively oily skin, usually due to overactive sebaceous glands, can lead to acne, cysts, and other woeful skin conditions.
To measure the effects of turmeric cream on oil production of the skin, a 2012 study found that after four weeks of treatment there was a “significant decrease” in skin oils when turmeric was applied twice daily. Over a period of three months, turmeric cream reduced facial oils by nearly 25%! The researchers noted this beneficial effect was likely because turmeric contains fatty acids and phytosterols, which have been observed in other studies to reduce excess skin oil
Turmeric contains anti-aging agents such as curcumin which protect the deeper layers of the skin from premature aging. It prevents oxidative damage to lipids and steers away free radicals from skin cells. Curcumin also guards the skin against age-related pigmentation. Drink a cup of hot/ chilled turmeric milk everyday to get the amazing anti aging skin benefits of turmeric.
4.Other skin issues (dry skin, inflammation, redness, etc.)
Dry skin is caused due to excessive usage of medicated soaps and cosmetics, the sun, and wind. When skin becomes dry, it feels rough and can even develop cracks.
These cracks will begin to itch. Itching can lead to sores and bleeding. Allergic skin reactions can be caused by allergens in plants or chemicals, food or certain medications.
Severe allergies must be referred to your doctor immediately. For mild skin allergies and dry skin, your doctor could recommend turmeric ointment to be applied on the cracked skin.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve swelling, inflammation, and redness. Wounds heal faster and itchiness reduces with a topical application of turmeric.
Its anti-inflammatory action and soothing effect help hydrate the skin and keep it healthy. Consuming turmeric with food helps cleanse the body internally and prevent the skin problems from arising on the surface.
5.Cures Stretch Marks
Turmeric works great for stretch marks. This is, again, because of curcumin – which penetrates the cell membranes. Curcumin is known to alter the physical properties of the cell membrane – and hence, it might cure stretch marks as well.
You can also use turmeric with clotted cream or curd. Simply apply this paste to your waist and stomach before your bath. Wait for about 20 minutes – allowing the treatment to soak in. Wash the paste in your bath.
And by the way, turmeric can treat scars too. A similar treatment should help.
How to Make a Turmeric Face Mask
If you regularly make your own skin care 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. You could wear gloves when applying the mask so you don’t stain your fingers.
- 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 the appearance of your pores, and make your skin appear fuller and plumper. If the turmeric stains your face, simply wipe it off with a facial toner.