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Turmeric for Skincare

September 02, 2022

Turmeric for Skincare

Haldi or turmeric has been a part of Indian culture as an offering to the almighty, a favorite spice, fragrant perfume, bright textile dye but most of all as a trustworthy medicine for over 6000 years!

The uses of turmeric for skin care range from minor cuts and bruises to acne scarring and skin brightening. With time, these practices have evolved to include newer/different ingredients but turmeric’s efficacy has stood the test of time regardless.

Properties of Turmeric

Turmeric is proven to have anti-bacterial, metabolic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Most of these properties are derived from the substance curcumin present in turmeric. It is a bright yellow chemical produced in plants belonging to the same family and is suitable for skin care, muscle soreness and  inflammation.



Turmeric for the skin

1. For small injuries
As children, we grew up using turmeric-based creams or ointments for every minor injury we had. It may have seemed to be a very old-school technique for curing ailments, but it is definitely a tried and tested ingredient for solving almost everything! Curcumin has very high anti-inflammatory properties and thus, it reduces the active actions of cutaneous wounds, thereby making them heal faster.

2. For dull and dehydrated skin
Dull and dehydrated skin can be easily uplifted and brightened with the help of turmeric. For a quick face mask, mix a spoonful of turmeric powder, 1 tbsp yogurt, and 1 spoon of honey together. Apply generously over the face and neck and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash off as you usually would. Repeat this every alternate day for 4 weeks, and the results will surprise you!

3. DIY face mask uses and acne curing
This mask can also be used for acne and acne scarring as curcumin can help soothe these areas and act as an antiseptic against the bacteria present. Rashes and other small skin allergies can also be treated using turmeric. For both concerns, you can use turmeric face masks on the areas only as a spot treatment too.

4. For hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is another issue that most people living in tropical countries like ours face where there is excess sun exposure. This looks like black spots on the face, blackness in the neck area and joints, freckles, or even post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. For this, you can mix turmeric powder with milk or water to form a paste and apply it all over the affected areas. Once fully dry, wipe clean with a wet cloth dipped in warm water. Repeat daily for bright and even skin.

5. For preventing aging
Apart from pigmentation, turmeric can also help prevent signs of aging. Turmeric boosts collagen production in the skin, which helps retain firmness and texture. This helps with sagging and wrinkling skin that comes with age.

6. For eczema and psoriasis
Turmeric is also known for helping treat psoriasis and eczema in most patients. Its anti-inflammatory factors reduce the production of a protein that is associated with psoriasis activity.

7. For sun damage and environmental pollution
Another lesser-known advantage of turmeric is that it can help reverse sun damage and environmental pollution. Turmeric has the power to combat the free radicals created because of sun exposure and minimizes the damage they cause.

For all the above concerns, turmeric can either be used as a powder or as an infused oil. Take a look at our VedaEarth Turmeric Essential Oil, consisting of 100% pure, steam distilled, and therapeutic grade product for all your needs. For using this on your skin, you can mix 4-5 drops of our product with a carrier oil (jojoba oil, coconut oil, etc.) and apply it evenly over the skin. To heal minor wounds and repair skin, apply this same mixture over the affected areas and
let sit for 10-20 minutes.

Turmeric as a skincare ingredient has several benefits for everyone. Incorporate this age-old Indian spice into your routine and see the difference!

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