Turmeric is probably best known for its uses in curries and mustards. You may have heard that this deep, earthy yellow spice is awesome for its therapeutic properties with reports on its ability to reduce inflammation, fight viral infections, soothe digestive problems and even prevent or block cancer growth.
In fact, modern medicine has embraced turmeric. Over the past 25 years, this miracle root has been mentioned on over 3000 medical publications! Many of you may even take turmeric supplements.
But, did you know that Turmeric has been shown to have a ton of benefits when applied topically on your skin too? That's why it's such a customer favorite in organic skin care formulations. Here are the top 5 benefits of turmeric for the skin.
Why is Turmeric Effective?
Turmeric contains more than 300 antioxidants. The active ingredient in Turmeric, curcumin has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Turmeric Skin Benefits
1. Promotes healthful aging
Turmeric is effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Particularly when mixed with other ingredients like comfrey, its antioxidants combine with comfrey's softening and water retention properties, keeping the skin hydrated longer.
2. Helps reduce redness
The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of Turmeric make it a powerhouse candidate for reducing redness
3. Helps clear clogged pores
Turmeric’s antifungal properties are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to bacteria in pores. And kicking it up a notch, when combined with Ingredients like jojoba oil the skin is allowed to absorb its antioxidants to the deep layers of the skin, keeping that overactive sebaceous gland (the main culprit when it comes to clogged pores) at bay.
4. Fades the Appearance of Dark Spots
For all you out-doorsy, fun-in-the-sun folks, have no fear – nature is here! Turmeric has been used for ages in ancient cultures to lighten and brighten the skin.
5. Helps reduce oiliness
Turmeric has natural oil-controlling properties. And kicking it up a notch, when combined with ingredients like jojoba oil, the skin is allowed to absorb its goodness to the deeps layers of the skin, keeping that sebum at bay.
Here is a bonus tidbit! Turmeric is great for sensitive skin. So by all means, no matter your skin-type, give this wonderful spice a try.
Turmeric DIY Scrub
*Caution –Turmeric can stain the face as well as your fingers and clothes. When applying it topically, I would recommend mixing it with the right combination of other ingredients to maintain its effectiveness while preventing that awful yellow stain.
Apple Rose Beauty's Nourish Naturally Moisturizing Treatment contains Turmeric and provides all of its benefits. This organic skin care treatment also has jojoba oil, comfrey and a host of other natural ingredients to release all the goodness found in turmeric (without the stains :).
To ramp up its benefits, create a scrub with,
2 parts Moisturizing Treatment
1 part Turmeric
Wear gloves. Wet your fingers with water and massage lightly onto the skin for 10 seconds. Rinse with warm water and follow with a gentle cleanser.
This organic skin care treatment will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and with a clean, clear, healthy glow.