Not only is turmeric an excellent spice used to make various food items and curries more fragrant and colourful, it’s also an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. The addition of turmeric in skincare products has seen a spike as of lately, but it’s use for it’s medicinal properties spans several centuries in India. Here are 5 key benefits of applying turmeric to the skin;
1. Turmeric can brighten your skin
Application of turmeric serums or a turmeric paste can help to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles. You can easily make a turmeric paste at home by mixing turmeric with yogurt and honey. Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes, wash off with warm water for an immediately brightened complexion.
2. Turmeric can help fade acne scars
Acne scars are a constant reminder of the suffering your skin endured at some point, most likely during your teenage years. Turmeric can help to fade these scars due to it’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Not only will it help to fade scars, it can help minimise redness and irritation with ongoing acne.
3. Turmeric can help with wound healing
Turmeric possesses excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It’s use as an antiseptic spans across several centuries in Asian-cultures. Applying a turmeric paste to wounds and exposed skin can help to minimise inflammation, as well as improve wound healing time. Some studies also show that turmeric can boost collagen production, which is the building block for your skin.
4. Turmeric can help with eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions
Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis are characterised by skin cracking, inflammation, redness and dryness. As turmeric possesses excellent anti-inflammatory properties, it can help to minimise this inflammation; reducing skin puffiness and sensitivity. There is even some limited research displaying turmeric’s effectiveness in treating dry skin.
5. Turmeric can help protect against sun damage
Some limited studies display turmeric’s effectiveness in improving photoaging damage. The anti-oxidants found in turmeric were seen to possess healing properties when applied to damaged skin. This means turmeric could not only heal sunburn and sun damage, but potentially slow down or reverse aging caused by UV rays.
The number of skincare products that include turmeric has spiked as of lately; this is down to the increasing research into turmeric and it’s skin healing properties. Many turmeric serums include Vitamin-C as the two ingredients work hand-in-hand to brighten the complexion and even skin tone. While it’s very easy to make a turmeric mask at home with honey, yoghurt and turmeric powder, you may find professional formulations are more effective.
Below are some of the best serums that include turmeric we think you should try: