Known for its powerful health benefits, this ancient spice holds a special place of honour in traditional Indian weddings, specifically in the colourful haldi ceremony ritual, which involves applying a turmeric paste on the bride and groom. It is said to leave an everlasting ‘glow’ upon the soon-to-be married couple. This is due to the potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric called curcumin. Read on to reap the beauty benefits of nature’s super-spice…
1. Dry Skin
Deeply hydrating and revitalising skin while alleviating symptoms of dryness, turmeric naturally speeds up the process of removing dead skin cells to reveal healthy and soft skin. Furthermore, it can help protect the skin cells from further damage.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, turmeric can work wonders with stubborn skin conditions. It can help reduce redness from blemishes and calm skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. A quick and natural approach for alleviating these painful conditions is to mix equal parts turmeric and honey and apply it to inflamed or irritated skin to heal and calm.
3. Action On Acne
Turmeric’s natural antiseptic is excellent when used to fight acne as it helps to keep bacteria from spreading. It’s especially effective when the spice is combined with apple cider vinegar (which has astringent properties), meaning the combination plays the same role as your skin toner. Turmeric also speeds healing, which can help with larger, open blemishes.
A remedy for hyper-pigmentation and acne scars, turmeric’s powerful antioxidants reduce excess production of melanin, which helps to even skin tone and lighten scars. Apply turmeric topically or ingesting it internally in meals or tea to reap these benefits.
4. Stretch Marks
Turmeric has the antioxidative power to penetrate and improve the function of the skin’s membrane cells, which will help prevent and treat stretch marks. Experts recommend making a simple paste using one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, one teaspoon of turmeric and a squeeze of a wedge of a lemon. Rub this mixture onto the affected areas twice a day.
5. Dark Circles
Turmeric is a proven lightening agent, therefore it’s perfect for alleviating darker areas of skin. It also stimulates circulation, which can help reduce puffiness and under-eye darkness caused by poor circulation.