I am a person who likes multi-functional things even when it comes to my skin care and health. I love those skin care products which are all-in-one so that we don’t have to apply ten different types of things and the fact that I am a lazy person doesn’t helps either. So imagine the length of my happiness when I came to know about skincare benefits of TURMERIC –the humble godsend product (for people like me) that is always present in my mom’s spice box.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is an inexpensive product but one of the most beneficial ones. When we run like a headless chicken trying to find products that has maximum antioxidants for our skin, we forget one of the most important ones (at least I used to). Turmeric is packed with not 50 or 60 antioxidants but a total of 300. Yup, 300. Great isn’t it?
Now, an important tip for everyone. Even though we find turmeric easily available in powder form which save us a lot of time and hassle , I would suggest to get turmeric in its original dry whole form before it gets converted in to powder and to grind it yourself always just before you use it. I have observed from my personal experiences that it works better. (Try it and tell me if even you observe the same).
Now, given below are some of the uses of turmeric which will definitely make you use it:
Skin lightening: Turmeric inhibits the production of melanin in skin thereby lightening it.
Anti-aging: As I mentioned before due to being packed with antioxidants it helps in reduction of free radicals.
Antiseptic: Due to its antibacterial properties it can be used as an antiseptic and it also aids in healing. I have always seen my mom using turmeric whenever she gets a cut in kitchen. In fact, I don’t remember when the last time I have ever seen her was using antiseptic lotions or creams and the most wonderful thing is that it immediately stops bleeding.
It can also be use for treatment of acne due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
It is also anti-fungal.
Other than skin care, turmeric can also help for dealing with sore throat. Take a glass of warm water, add salt and turmeric to it and gargle. You will immediately notice the difference.
Turmeric can also be used to heal burns.
I can go on and on about its benefits, not only about skincare but also other health benefits but before that let’s take a look as some of the ways in which you can use it for your face.
- You can make a face pack by using it along with sandalwood and rose water. Add turmeric and make a paste out of it and apply it all over your face. Wash it after it dries off.
- Take turmeric, add a bit of rose water and 2-3 drops of diluted tea tree oil and form a paste of thick consistency and apply over pimples. Wash it after 10-15 mins. Tea tree oil and turmeric helps kill bacteria and inflammation and rose water soothes skin as tea tree oil can be strong.
- Okay, not this may seem a bit odd but you can also use it as a scrub. Remember how I told you in the beginning to grind the turmeric yourself? So while grinding, grind it a bit coarse depending upon your skin. After cleansing your face with a face cleanser, just take the powder and apply the dry powder on your face and scrub it over your face gently in circular motions. And then wash your face. Trust me on this one even if it sounds odd. I have extremely sensitive, thin skin which gets irritated by even the gentlest scrubs but after I used this method it left my skin soft, smooth with getting irritated even in the slightest.
- Take fuller’s clay, add rose water and turmeric to it and make thin paste. Apply it all over your face after coming from outdoor sun. It helps reduce tan to a certain extent.
- Take aloe gel and add turmeric to it. Keep it in fridge to cool. Apply it after during summers, it helps soothing your skin also while fighting of the acne causing bacteria which is present in your sweat.
So guys, the above mention uses are the ways in which I use it. If you have some more than I would like to definitely hear it from you, please write it in the comments sections.
Please note that, you have to be careful while using turmeric as it can stain your clothes, also it can leave your face looking like you just had jaundice, your face gets yellow undertones so preferably use it when you are going to stay indoors or at night.
Remember that we all are different and so is our skin. What may suit my skin might give you opposite effect, so if you notice any discomfort or any types of reaction discontinue its use.
And Friends help me improve by commenting your suggestions are always welcome!