Turmeric grows in tropical countries, like India, China, and many parts of South-east Asian countries. Over 6500 years, India has been traditionally using turmeric in cooking, cosmetics, and dyes. Its amazing skin care benefits makes it profound in marriage and religious rituals. It is popularly known as skin food for its purifying and cleansing properties. It also acts as an excellent anti-septic and anti-carcinogen.
Active ingredients in Turmeric:
- Caffeic acid
Beauty Uses Of Turmeric
Turmeric has a generous amount of curcumin, which is the main source of anti-oxidants which helps in eliminating the free radicals responsible for causing wrinkles and fine lines. Due to harmful UV radiations from the sun, premature ageing has become common. With the choice of right sunscreen and use of turmeric regularly helps you prevent premature aging and also fights against aging.
Apply this mask before taking a bath. Add a pinch of turmeric to egg white and mix it together well. Apply this mask as a thin layer on face and body leave it on for 15 minutes. Egg white is rich in vitamins and minerals essential for skin. It has skin tightening properties which helps to fight aging. Wash off the mask in a warm water. Repeat this mask once a week for best results.
2. Improves Complexion
Turmeric helps to open pores, which are the openings which secret a protective layer to skin. Curcumin helps to exfoliate and cleanse the skin.
This is a traditional Indian facial mask for improving complexion. Add yogurt and gram flour (besan) to a bowl. Add a pinch of turmeric to this and mix it together well. Yogurt has essential fatty acids for skin, which helps to cleanse the skin while nourishing it. Gram flour is a well known natural cleanser in India. It helps to tighten skin and also acts as a scrub to remove out impurities and excess oils present in skin. Apply this mask to face as well as body and rinse after 25 minutes. Repeat it once a week.
3. Dark Under Eye Circles And Puffiness
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Turmeric has curcumins, which are necessary to rejuvenate the skin under eyes. It helps to reduce the puffiness and balancing out the uneven skin tone under eyes.
Take a freshly chopped pineapple and mash it into a paste. Add a pinch of turmeric to this juice. Mix it well. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants, which helps improve the skin around eyes. Apply this mixture as an eye mask and wash off after 10 to 15 minutes. This is a very effective mask for both dark circles and puffiness. Repeat it twice a week for best results.
4. Skin Problems
Turmeric helps to remove dead skin cells from the skin, which stirs up most of the problems like acne, pimples, large pores and hyper pigmentation. It has strong anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties which makes it a major ingredient in all home remedies.
Mix a pinch of turmeric with multani mitti and rose water. When it comes as a paste consistency, apply it throughout your face or body which needs care. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Multani mitti has the best benefits for skin, it helps in reducing large pores, blackheads, whiteheads, freckles, acne, and blemishes. Rose water has balanced pH properties, besides it is a very safe ingredient to use. Use this mask regularly twice a week for a glowing clear skin.
5. Adds Radiance
Indians follow a bathing ritual with turmeric and sandalwood on weddings. Both these ingredients are one of the best skin care elements. It has extraordinary anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory agents. Hence, it helps in preventing the couple from getting skin problems on their big day.
Sandalwood is an ingredient in the ritual believed to increase wealth. Well besides that sandalwood has amazing anti-tanning, toning, emollient, anti-bacterial, astringent agents which provide a cooling and healing effect on skin.
So, both these agents provide an amazing golden glow to your skin. So, next time you need a facial to look good on any special occasion, try this mask. Mix sandalwood and rose water to a paste. Add a pinch of turmeric and mix well. Apply it to your face and body the night before the occasion and wash off after 15 minutes. Voila! You will be amazed at the results.
6. Skin Infections
The curcumin in turmeric has powerful medicinal properties which can help fight skin infections. They are rich in anti-oxidants, needed to rejuvenate the skin by removing harmful agents from skin. So in case of mild skin infections like skin allergies, eczema, turmeric has been proven to be effective.
Add a pinch of turmeric to aloe vera gel and mix well. Apply this mask on the infected area twice a day. Aloe has amazing anti-inflammatory properties similar to turmeric. Do a patch test. If you are allergic to it, consult a dermatologist to cure it.
7. Healing Properties
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and healing agents. It is used for reducing the pain and helps to aid quick healing.
Dilute turmeric in water and use this water to clean the wounds or the infected areas, whenever needed. This magical water can also help reduce effects of itching and mosquito bites.
8. Prevents Facial Hair Growth
Turmeric helps to remove and prevent facial hair and body hair growth. Gram flour, a brilliant cleanser and another potential ingredient which helps in removing hair.
Use a mixture of lemon juice, besan (gram flour) and a pinch of turmeric together on face as well as body. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Turmeric and lemon helps in lightening the hairs. Turmeric and besan helps in thinning of hair. Regular use of this mask per week helps to permanently remove hair.
9. Sun Burns
UV-radiations from sun can enter into DNA and cause harm. Turmeric has anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidants agents that prevents these rays from damaging DNA.
Though it doesn’t help in blocking out the UV radiations, its anti-tanning properties heals and soothes sun burn and sun tan. Apply a mask for turmeric and milk in 1:10 ratio of sunburns and rinse off after 15 minutes. Repeat it once or twice a week.
- Always do a patch test before you directly apply on skin.
- I have mentioned a pinch of turmeric in all these remedies to make sure you don’t go overboard with it. It can leave a yellowish tint behind.