Spotlight on Turmeric
What do you know about Turmeric?
Turmeric is a bright, yellow-orange spice that is in the same family of spices as ginger. It is usually seen around as a ground spice or in supplements and other beauty and skin care products. Most health benefits that come from turmeric are because of a bioactive component called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
What can Turmeric do for you and your skin?
The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components that are in turmeric can provide a little natural glow to your skin. It targets your pores and calms your skin to reduce acne and scarring. You can get these benefits by making an easy at home face mask – apply for 15 minutes and wash off with water (Greek yogurt + honey + turmeric).
Remember those anti-inflammatories? Well, turmeric can also help tissue and collagen in the body as well – which means it can also help heal cuts or wounds more quickly.
If you suffer from skin abnormalities like eczema or psoriasis, turmeric can be your answer. The spice’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities may help your skin condition by controlling flares and other symptoms. You can even include turmeric as a supplement in your food to reap the benefits, instead of just applying the spice topically.
Some things to watch out for:
Since turmeric has such a high pigmentation it can temporarily stain or leave a slight yellow tint on your skin – this can be completely normal, just something to be wary of in case you have something fun planned that evening! Remember, when trying a new skin routine always sample a small amount on your arm or leg before applying to your face to check for allergic reactions. Allergic reactions with direct skin contact can cause irritation, redness, and swelling.