Turmeric is a mainstay of the ancient Ayurvedic tradition and was often used in their beauty rituals and health ministrations. Today we look at the ways turmeric and its magical compound, curcumin, offer not only beautiful skin but the gift of healthy eyesight as well.
Turmeric Reduces Oiliness and Acne
Turmeric is wonderful for fighting acne because it hits acne with a one-two punch. First, it's a natural antiseptic which prevents bacteria from spreading. The second part of the punch comes from its anti-inflammatory prowess which reduces redness and blemish swelling. It also speeds up the healing process, making those big, open blemishes shrink down in size quickly.
Want to make a DIY acne spot treatment? Use this Turmeric and Honey Mask to get great results for lots of skin benefits. Mix equal parts of honey, which has amazing anti-bacterial properties, and turmeric and apply to blemishes for 20 minutes. Then rinse with cool water.
Turmeric Brightens Skin and Dark Eye Circles
Don’t you hate acne scars and a dull, uneven complexion? Well, look no further than turmeric! The curcumin in turmeric contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which reduce excess production of melanin, which leads to more even skin tone and lightens scars.
In addition to lightening and evening benefits, curcumin also stimulates circulation, which has shown to reduce puffiness and under-eye circles caused by poor circulation. Some say that Indian maidens throughout time washed their faces with turmeric water every night to keep it clear and bright.
Turmeric Treats Skin Conditions Like Eczema, Rosacea, and Psoriasis
Is there anything turmeric can’t do? A study in found that turmeric was successful in treating psoriasis, which is one of the hardest skin conditions to treat. It also was found to calm redness and blemishes resulting from eczema and rosacea. Simply use the DIY acne spot treatment above on the entire face or affected areas for relief.
Turmeric Reduce the Appearance of Sun Damage and Premature Aging
Aging is a beautiful process and should be celebrated. However, premature aging (often caused by sun damage) doesn’t have to be your fate. Researchers have found that a turmeric applied to the skin in a cream base visibly improve the appearance of fine lines and brown spots caused by sun damage. Turmeric also helps prevent the loss of skin elasticity that can happen with too much UVB exposure, resulting in bouncy, resilient skin. To get these benefits, ingest it internally or apply topically. Again, use the magical Turmeric and Honey Mask above to get glowing results.
Reduces the Appearance of Stretch Marks
Eighty percent of all people have stretch marks and they seem nearly impossible to shake. However, turmeric can lighten them up quite a bit since its antioxidative power can penetrate the skin and improve the function of the skin membrane cells. These cells treat and prevent stretch marks.
You can make your own stretch mark lightening lotion! Combine one tablespoon of EVOO, a squeeze of a wedge of lemon, and one teaspoon of turmeric and mix well until a paste forms. Rub this concoction onto the affected areas twice per day.
Turmeric and Eye Health
Since inflammation greatly affects eyesight, it makes sense that turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant would be beneficial for eye health. Eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration, and rheumatoid arthritis (once it attacks eye tissue) could be slowed or prevented because it reduces the speed of cell death. In a study led by Dr. Radha Ayyagari, it was shown that curcumin reduced inflammation and could possibly prevent “the abnormal and damaging protein build-up usually caused by a mutant gene” affecting eye health.
Age beautifully and gently with turmeric. Be sure to use a quality supplement, like , that maximizes curcumin and provides a formula that is optimized for absorption.
By Team Turmerical