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Is Turmeric Good for Skin?
Looking for an organic solution to your day-to-day skincare problems? Then you’ve come to the right place. Turmeric, an exotic plant that is full of color and curcumin is here to give your skin the soothing silky smoothness it deserves. Let’s get acquainted with it, shall we?
Table of Contents:
- What is Turmeric?
- Curcumin – Tumeric’s Main Chemical Compound
- The Best Uses for Tumeric on Your Skin
- The Best Turmeric-Based Products
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family, native to Asia. Originally, it was used as a dye, then it became popular for its health benefits in traditional medicine, and it is, of course, a key ingredient in Asian cuisine.
Curcumin – Turmeric’s Main Chemical Compound
Turmeric owes most of its prosperity and popularity to curcumin, a yellow chemical compound with a multitude of medical benefits attached to it.
Curcumin is a chemical produced by the turmeric plant itself, also known as the Curcuma longa species, used in turmeric-flavored foods and drinks, in cosmetics, in dietary supplements, and as a natural food coloring ingredient. Curcumin is anti-inflammatory by nature and it can help fight inflammation through various chemical mechanisms. Curcumin is also known for:
Reducing oxidative stress
Somewhat related to inflammatory issues, since one might cause the other, curcumin can reduce oxidative stress, which is strongly linked to premature aging.
Oxidative stress happens when there is an imbalance between free radicals (cells surrounded by an uneven number of electrons) and antioxidants (molecules that pass their electrons to free radicals to even out the number of electrons). When there are not enough antioxidants, free radicals can become very reactive and damage cells and tissues.
Thanks to the chemical structure of curcumin, this chemical compound can neutralize the reactive free radicals, and it may even boost the effects of other antioxidants.
Curcumin has also shown positive results in arthritis patients since it has anti-inflammatory properties. Given its organic nature, it might even be a better option than anti-inflammatory drugs, as it does not hold the same side effects that over-the-counter medication often brings along with it.
Additionally, curcumin can also increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is responsible for the multiplying of neurons. There are many brain disorders linked with a BDNF deficiency, such as Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis, and Huntington’s Disease, just to name a few.
The Best Uses for Turmeric on Your Skin
Because it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, turmeric can make the skin look revitalized and renewed after just a few treatments.
For example, one of the most common skin issues is breaking out, which usually comes with inflammation, itchiness, and scarring. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is great for fighting off pimples and acne. Because of its antioxidative effects, it will also help with the regeneration of cells and might boost healing and improve scarring. These properties can also keep your skin firm and plump and give it a natural glow.
There are many at-home turmeric treatments you can make to give your skin the extra boost it needs for a genuine revival:
Turmeric and lemon juice
Mix equal parts of lemon juice and turmeric powder and apply it to your skin. Since lemon juice is very harsh, do not leave it on for more than 5 minutes, and if you feel any kind of stinging or similar sensations, immediately rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Turmeric and gram flour
For a natural, turmeric-based exfoliant, mix it with gram flour and a little water to get a yellow paste. This will create a gentle scrub that should be suitable for all skin types. Apply the paste on your face in circular motions, focusing especially on the areas that usually need scrubbing, like the sides of the nose and the forehead, and then rinse it all off.
Turmeric and honey
You have probably heard of the amazing properties of honey, so why not mix it with yet another wonderful ingredient? Make yourself a honey and turmeric mask to get a moisturized, soft and glowing look. Honey is an incredible natural moisturizer, and it can help fight bacteria, too, while turmeric will enhance its effects and contribute with some properties of its own.
The Best Turmeric-Based Products
Now, we know that not everyone has the time and ingredients at hand to make these mixtures regularly, while also managing to obtain the right consistency.
If you are interested in turmeric, but don’t have the time, energy, or necessary products for a DIY treatment, you can always invest in a few turmeric-infused products. For instance, WOW’s Ubtan product range is not only full of turmeric, but it comes along with a plethora of other helpful ingredients – including chickpea flour, almond extract, and saffron.
From the foamy goodness of the Ubtan body wash and face wash that will have you say “Goodbye!” to any dullness or dryness of the skin, to the incredibly refreshing and smoothening face wash gel and Ubtan scrub, the Ayurvedic secrets of forever youthful skin await. Seize the day, and pick out the turmeric infusion that is right for you!
Exotic Spice, Organic Soothing
And with that, you are now fully familiar with the wonderful properties of turmeric, the plant that does it all – it’s tasty, colorful, and your skin’s newest bestie. What’s not to love about it?
With all of this in mind, you can now keep inflammation and oxidative stress, among many other health conditions, at bay with little-to-no effort.
Whether you're going for the DIY route or looking to obtain some turmeric-based products, your time investment will pay off much sooner than you realize. Your skin, your health, and your overall mood will be uplifted like never before.