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Beyond its spectrum of providing health benefits, ever wondered what miracles turmeric powder can do as a beauty regime? This yellow spice has benefits beyond one’s imagination. Widely used in our kitchens, turmeric, also called king of spices, is not just a pretty spice that makes our food taste better, it is packed with a number of beauty benefits as well. Read on to discover ways to add turmeric to your beauty routine.


 Defining turmeric

Turmeric is best known as a spice. It’s one of the main components of curry powder. In India and other parts of Asia, turmeric is used to treat many health conditions. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and perhaps even anticancer properties.


The role of turmeric in the beauty industry

Turmeric is used in a lot of herbal products and Indian brands and can be used in a lot of home remedies.


Vitamins and ingredients included in turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Most studies used turmeric extracts that are standardized to include large amounts of curcumin.


Selecting turmeric for beauty treatments

There are a couple precautions for using a turmeric mask and both have to do with the colour. Not only is turmeric responsible for making many curries yellow, it’s also a natural fabric dye. This means that there is potential it may temporarily discolour skin or permanently stain clothing.

Fair skin is more susceptible to staining. The same properties that make yellow and dark skin glow can make pink-skinned women look sallow. However, the stain does fade away after a few hours and the after-effects are usually worth it.


Turmeric and skin types

Turmeric can be used on almost all skin types depending on what other ingredients you combine it with to achieve the results you desire or to treat specific skin conditions.


Side effects of using turmeric

Turmeric is most likely safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin appropriately for up to eight months. However it is always best to perform a patch test before using it on your skin or applying to the entire face.


Health benefits of turmeric

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial , can work wonders on condition-riddled . It can also help reduce redness from blemishes and calm conditions like eczema and rosacea. is excellent for acne because it is a natural antiseptic and helps to keep bacteria from spreading.

Turmeric is thought of as a pain reliever. The spice is reputed to relieve arthritis pain as well. Studies seem to support turmeric for pain relief, with one study noting that it seemed to work as well as ibuprofen (Advil) in people with arthritis in their knees.

Though dosing recommendations seem to vary, those who participated in the study took 800 mg of turmeric in capsule form each day. Turmeric has been getting attention recently because of its antioxidant abilities.

The antioxidant effect of turmeric appears to be so powerful that it may stop your liver from being damaged by toxins. This could be good news for people who take strong drugs for diabetes or other health conditions that might hurt their liver with long-term use.

Curcumin shows promise as a cancer treatment. Studies suggest it has protective effects against pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and multiple myeloma.


Home made turmeric face mask

We generally use professional products in the salon when it comes to beauty treatments.

for a homemade turmeric is simple and it’s likely that you have most of the ingredients already. There are a few options, so feel free to experiment to see if, for instance, you like coconut oil more than the almond or olive alternatives.

While any honey will do, consider using manuka honey. Originally from New Zealand, this type of honey is harvested from the tea tree plant and it offers its own healing benefits.

It is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and has many antioxidants, making it good for healing acne and reducing redness. Paired with turmeric, you can get the most of this mask.

- Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana


Beauty benefits of turmeric


* Turmeric for skin: Turmeric can help restore your natural glow and In order to improve uneven skin tone and make your skin look bright, mix one teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of milk and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to make a quick face pack. Leave it on for 25 minutes and then wash off.

* The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric work on your pores and calm the skin. Turmeric is also known to reduce scarring and heal any kind of wounds faster due to its antiseptic qualities. Mix a pinch of turmeric with 1 teaspoon of besan or gram flour. Apply it on the affected areas and let the paste dry for at least 25 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water.

* Turmeric contains which help the body in synthesizing antioxidants. These antioxidants protect the skin cells from free radical damage and can even slow down the signs of ageing like dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.


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