Turmeric is a yellow-coloured spice that is widely used in many a home cook’s kitchen. Most of us are familiar with the use of turmeric in delicious curries and as an ingredient in marinades for a multitude of scrumptiously prepared meat and vegetable dishes. These days, turmeric tea is also easily available in tea bag form in supermarkets across the world and touted for its ability to alleviate or prevent many digestive issues.
The powdered spice is filled with vitamin B6 and C, as well as essential minerals like zinc, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Most significantly, turmeric contains curcumin, which is a main component of turmeric that has been frequently and actively studied for its health benefits. Curcumin is found to be rich in antioxidants and is also anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial. These wonderful properties are why the spice is frequently used topically for medicinal purposes to treat various skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. It is also often used as a remedy for acne-prone skin and is purported to reduce breakouts and smooth out scarring caused by acne.
Here are the some of the amazing ways you can add turmeric into your beauty regimen and enjoy glowing, blemish-free skin:
To Lighten Acne Scars
Turmeric can assist in reducing the appearance of acne scars as well as skin discolouration and hyperpigmentation. All you need is to mix turmeric powder with the juice of a lemon and apply to your skin. The combination of the two helps with wound-healing and scar-lightening and has the added benefits of getting rid of bacteria that cause acne while regulating the overproduction of oil so your face won’t have to look like an oil slick.
As a Spot Treatment
A few drops of fresh lemon juice can help to lighten scars and clear acne blemishes. Meanwhile, sandalwood—known for both calming the skin and the senses—counteracts the acidity of the lemon to soothe any irritation. Its antimicrobial properties will help prevent more acne-causing bacteria from attacking the skin. Turmeric helps with the healing and regenerating of new skin cells. Apply the paste directly onto any annoying pimple like you would any other pimple cream and leave to dry for about half an hour. Then rinse off well with water. This paste can be applied twice a day.
To Add Moisture
Coconut oil and turmeric are both antifungal so you get double the intensity when it comes to preventing infections. Coconut oil is also intensely moisturising and the mixture of the two when applied to the skin will help to soothe dry areas and reduce redness, as well as clear or prevent acne breakouts. To remove, wipe with a clean damp cloth to reveal smooth and glowing skin.
Another great option for a DIY anti-ageing fix is to combine turmeric powder with some olive oil. Apply to the neck as well as the face and gently massage; the olive oil will help to promote skin elasticity and the growth of new skin cells. Rinse off well after.
To Cleanse Your Visage
Make your own turmeric face cleanser to prevent dry and irritated skin; you will need one part turmeric powder to 2 parts milk. Mix into a paste and add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Massage gently onto face like you would with any regular store-bought facial cleanser and rinse off completely with cool water.
DIY Exfoliating Mask for Radiant Skin
Turmeric’s antioxidant properties help to keep skin cells healthy and can be used to help skin maintain its youthful glow and reduce the appearance of fine lines. To make a gently exfoliating turmeric skin mask, you will require one teaspoon of turmeric powder, two tablespoons of flour (either all-purpose or rice flour will do), 3 tablespoons of milk and ¼ teaspoon of manuka honey (if you don’t have manuka, you can replace with any other honey in your pantry). Mix the ingredients together until it forms a nice paste. Apply to face and let it sit for approximately 20 minutes (or until the mask is dry). Rub mixture gently onto skin as you are rinsing it off. Remember to follow with your moisturiser after.
Make a Delicious Acne-Busting Smoothie
Why not take the chance to have a complete in-home DIY spa treatment by fixing a glass of turmeric smoothie? While you have on an acne-busting turmeric face mask, sip on a delicious and thirst-quenching turmeric smoothie. That way, you will be treating your skin from within and without all at the same time.
Recipe for Turmeric, Coconut and Pineapple Smoothie
For the ingredients, you will need a cup of sliced pineapple (frozen so you can enjoy an ice-cold smoothie), one cup of chilled coconut water, about a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder, and about a one-inch slice of ginger (with skin peeled and removed). Blend together, add a squeeze of lime and enjoy!