Turmeric for skin (How to use it)

What are the effects of turmeric on skin and hair, and how do you use it?

There are many natural remedies for acne, and skin and hair problems in general. Many have little effect, but some are very effective, such as turmeric.

A very popular spice in Indian cuisine, turmeric longa is also a natural remedy used in many medicines for its anti-inflammatory properties, and it is also a product used to make cosmetics.

Why and how to consume turmeric to have beautiful skin? Let’s see this in detail.

Turmeric for skin (How to use it)

What are the benefits of turmeric for the skin?

Turmeric is a spice with 580 health benefits! Consult our article on the properties of turmeric for health to know all the benefits of the Indian rhizome on the body.

There are six great benefits of turmeric for the skin, most of which are due to curcumin and its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

1. Turmeric hydrates brighten and give the skin radiance

Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that provides the well-known natural anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. By its action, it promotes good skin health, brightens the complexion and revives dull skin.

This is how turmeric is an integral part of pre-wedding skincare in India, especially during the Haldi ritual where turmeric paste is applied to the bride and groom to make them glow.

It deeply moisturizes and relieves dry skin, facilitating the cleansing of dead cells, to give all its radiance to the skin.

2. Turmeric reduces dark circles

Turmeric improves the elasticity of the skin, and it helps to lighten it, again thanks to the action of curcumin. Also, the spice helps to activate the blood micro-circulation.

Thus, it is the ideal ingredient to reduce dark circles and reduce bags under the eyes due to fatigue.

Turmeric for skin (How to use it)

3. Turmeric helps fight acne and pimples in general

Curcumin is a compound with antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing and antioxidant properties.

Thus, its antiseptic properties make it possible to stop the appearance and proliferation of bacteria responsible for the inflammation resulting in an acne pimple.

Its anti-inflammatory properties help prevent or reduce inflammation of acne-causing redness and pimples.

The effect of turmeric on acne is all the more effective if it is combined with apple cider vinegar, with astringent effects, as well as honey, an essential ingredient for beautiful skin.

4. Turmeric helps to heal

The healing and antioxidant properties of turmeric help improve and accelerate the healing of blemishes and scars caused by rashes and other skin problems.

The anti-inflammatory properties allow the spice to act on the hyperpigmentation that leaves the mark on the skin, preventing the excessive production of melanin, and therefore promoting the uniformity of the complexion, this is a natural way and without effects secondary.

This action is effective for all marks on the skin, including stretch marks, which can be reduced with turmeric, the ideal spice for preventing and treating stretch marks.

5. Turmeric helps fight eczema and psoriasis

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, turmeric helps alleviate skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, reducing redness and soothing itchy sensations.

The feeling of well-being is immediate upon application, especially in combination with honey: the feeling of freshness soothed itching, etc.

6. Turmeric protects against sun damage and slows down the ageing

Curcumin is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories and antioxidants there is. It, therefore, fights against free radicals which are responsible for the premature ageing of skin cells.

Indeed, one of the main causes of skin ageing is the oxidation of cells, a normal process with old age, but which can be accelerated by various factors such as exposure to the sun, or even stress, pollution, poor diet, etc.

Numerous studies have shown that a turmeric moisturizer can reduce fine lines and spots on the skin.

Too much exposure to the sun causes the appearance of spots on the skin, and accelerates the appearance of wrinkles, because of the loss of elasticity due to UVB rays.

The external and internal use of turmeric helps moderate the harmful effects of the sun on the skin, especially in combination with honey.

Turmeric for skin (How to use it)

Turmeric skincare recipes

There are many turmeric mask recipes, we had already given the traditional Indian turmeric face mask, a treatment traditionally applied to the bride and groom to beautify them, but let’s see some other recipes together.

Turmeric-honey-coconut mask

It is a classic in turmeric skincare.

Ingredients :

1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of coconut milk
Preparation of the recipe :

Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.

Method :

•Cleanse your face and rinse it with warm water to open the pores well.
•Apply the mask evenly then leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
•Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Treatment can be done when desired, otherwise once a week will do. It is possible to have some yellow marks on the face, just rinse a little more or remove them with cleanser and cotton.

Turmeric-spirulina-aloe mask

Ingredients :

1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
1 teaspoon of activated charcoal
2 tablespoons of Aloe vera gel

Preparation of the recipe :

Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth paste. You can add a little hot water to help bind the ingredients.

Method :

•Cleanse your face and rinse it with warm water to open the pores well.
•Apply the mask evenly then leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
•Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
The treatment can be done when desired, otherwise once a week.

Turmeric-clay mask

Ingredients :

1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of white clay
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil of sweet almond (or argan or jojoba)
3 drops of Geranium Rosat essential oil

Preparation of the recipe :

Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth paste. You can add a little hot water to help bind the ingredients.

Method :

•Cleanse your face and rinse it with warm water to open the pores well.
•Apply the mask evenly then leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
•Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
The treatment can be done when desired, otherwise once a week.

Turmeric-honey-coconut mask

Ingredients :

1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of liquid honey
3 teaspoons of coconut milk
Preparation of the recipe :

Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth paste. You can add a little coconut milk depending on the consistency you want.

Turmeric for skin (How to use it)

Method :

•Cleanse your face and rinse it with warm water to open the pores well.
•Apply the mask evenly then leave on for 20 min.
•Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
The treatment can be done when desired, otherwise once a week.

Turmeric-cucumber-lemon mask

Ingredients :

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons of cucumber juice
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Preparation of the recipe :

Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.

Method :

•Cleanse your face and rinse it with warm water to open the pores well.
•Apply the mask evenly then leave on for 20 min.
•Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
The treatment can be done when desired, otherwise once a week.

Another tip

You can add turmeric directly to your cosmetics, whether homemade or not, at a rate of approximately 5 g of turmeric powder per 100 ml of cosmetic (mask, creams, etc.).

Internal use

For greater effectiveness, it is best to combine external use with internal use of turmeric. There are many ways to use turmeric, check out how to use turmeric for health to learn all about the different uses with the different pros and cons.

Kitchen use

Add 2 to 3 g of turmeric powder per day and person in your culinary preparations. This corresponds to one teaspoon per person.

Combine the rhizome powder with a few pinches of pepper and if possible a little fat: olive oil, butter, etc.

In infusion

Infusion. Infuse 1 to 2 g of turmeric powder with 3 or 4 black peppercorns in 150 ml of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 2 cups a day.

It is interesting to add lemon that interacts with turmeric, to learn more, see our article on turmeric and lemon.

You can also boil a turmeric root for 3 minutes, then let the decoction infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 2 or 3 cups a day. Incidentally, with its action on the stomach, liver and intestines, turmeric is beneficial for digestion, relieving digestive disorders.

In drink

A good way to enjoy the benefits of turmeric is to drink golden milk, this Indian Ayurvedic drink with coconut milk, coconut oil, turmeric and pepper, is a concentrate of benefits.

This drink allows a better bioavailability of turmeric because the spice is associated with pepper and a fatty substance.

Honey with turmeric

A natural remedy used in Asia since the dawn of time, it combines two of the best natural remedies available: honey with turmeric or golden honey!

It is a real panacea, we use it in prevention by eating a teaspoon every morning on an empty stomach, or in a curative way as explained in our article dedicated to this spicy honey.

Contraindications of turmeric?

There is no real overdose of turmeric, even in high doses it is not toxic. However, although there are no categorical studies on this, it is worth taking precautions in some cases, we have made a full list in our article on contraindications related to turmeric, but to summarize :

Turmeric may interact with certain medications. It could increase the effect of blood thinners, diabetes medication, or antacid treatments.

Turmeric should be consumed with caution in case of gallbladder disorders. Although it helps regulate bile production, in case of obstruction of the bile ducts (stones for example), taking turmeric could worsen the problem.

It is often not recommended, always as a precautionary principle, to consume too much turmeric for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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