The secret to glowing skin is something a girl can spend her whole life looking high and low for. However, the good news is, that you may not have to look further than your spice cabinet. Turmeric, the humble yellow spice that's been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and cooking, is a key “it” ingredient in skincare. With its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is the secret to achieving a lit- from-within glow that will have everyone wondering what your secret is. So why not spice up your skincare routine with a little bit of turmeric? Your skin (and your taste buds) will thank you for it!
HOW TURMERIC CAN MAKE YOUR SKIN GLOW
Turmeric is the ultimate secret ingredient in the recipe for perfect skin, due to its ability to nourish your skin in a multitude of different ways. Whatever skin issue you find yourself tackling, it’s almost certain that just a little bit of turmeric can help get your skin back on track...
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has powerful anti- inflammatory properties. This makes turmeric effective in reducing skin inflammation, redness and irritation that we often don’t want to aggravate by using a multitude of fancy products. Curcumin can also help to calm skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis and the redness and inflammation associated with them.
The skin is our largest and most exterior organ and is exposed to many harmful environmental pollutants and free radicals that can lead to dullness and premature ageing. Turmeric can help to treat this as it contains antioxidants, that can help to mitigate this harm. Additionally, turmeric has skin-brightening properties that can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone, as it inhibits the production of melanin, the culprit behind these blemishes.
Turmeric has natural antibacterial properties that make it effective in fighting acne- causing bacteria. Curcumin in turmeric also regulates sebum production, helping to decongest the skin. It is also anti-inflammatory properties can also help to reduce the redness and inflammation associated with acne.
Hydrates the skin
Turmeric is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help to moisturize and soothe dry, cracked skin. Hydration is arguably the most important part of having glowing, youthful skin, so incorporating turmeric into your routine is a must!
Stimulates collagen production
The active ingredient, curcumin, in turmeric can help to stimulate collagen production, as it inhibits the activity if enzymes that cause collagen breakdown in the skin. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its elasticity and firmness. As we age, collagen production slows down, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. This can help to keep your skin looking fresh and rejuvenated, while maintaining a natural approach to skincare.
HOW YOUR SKIN CAN EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
“So, how can my skin experience the benefits of turmeric?”, I hear you ask... Luckily, turmeric is a very versatile spice, so it is easy to sneak into your diet and skincare routine through a number of different methods...
Add it to your juices and smoothies
An easy way to incorporate turmeric into your diet so that you can glow from the inside out, is to incorporate it into your juices or smoothies. Adding just a teaspoon to your smoothie or fresh pressed juice can make all the difference when looking to achieve glowing skin and can also improve the taste!
Enjoy a hot drink
Turmeric can also be used to make delicious and comforting hot drink that will help to heal your skin from the inside out. Making a turmeric tea using ingredients such a turmeric, ginger and lemon is full of immunity boosting goodness, as well as skin boosting properties. Alternatively, a turmeric latte ‘golden milk’, made by heating milk in a saucepan and adding some turmeric as well as a natural sweetener of your choice such as honey or organic maple syrup, is a delicious and relaxing way to enjoy taking care of your skin.
Applying turmeric rich skincare doesn’t have to involve going out and buying a whole new skincare range. You really only need a few household items to make your own skin brightening serum. Simply use the turmeric in your price drawer and add a small amount to a purified oil that you can put on your skin, such as rosehip or jojoba. Applying this serum can help to hydrate and brighten the complexion naturally, making your skin look fresh and youthful.
Pamper yourself with a facemask
Sit back, relax, and enjoy some self-care time with a DIY facemask. Again, this face mask proves how easy it is to incorporate turmeric into your skincare, as it only contains two ingredients that you can find in your kitchen, honey and turmeric, of course! This mask is particularly helpful for those who are experiencing blackheads, white heads, or other acne related benefits. Simply mixing these two ingredients and applying the paste to can help to eradicate acne, due to the honey’s humectant properties and the turmeric’s antibacterial properties.
A further way you can utilize basic household ingredients to achieve smooth and supply skin is by making a gentle physical exfoliant. Mixing half a teaspoon of turmeric with one tablespoon of ground oats, two tablespoons of plain unsweetened yoghurt, and one teaspoon of raw honey. Blend these ingredients to make a paste that can be used to gently exfoliate dead skin, dirt, and oils to soften the skin.
Something to keep in mind when using turmeric on the skin is that because turmeric has such a vibrant colour, it can stain your skin when used in large quantities. So make sure you aren’t too liberal with how much you add to your skincare products... a little goes a long way.
Turmeric has been used largely throughout history for its medicinal properties and can bring about a variety of skincare benefits. Given how easy it is to add to your routine, it is a great holistic and natural approach to skincare that is sure to revitalize your skin and give you a glow like no other!