Did you know that you can use turmeric to care for your skin? This root can give your face a natural glow and fade the signs of aging. We tell you all its benefits below.
One of the natural remedies that has been gaining ground in cosmetology is the use of turmeric to care for the skin. Although this millenary root is frequently used for its benefits in different health conditions, more and more studies are attributing its advantages when it comes to keeping the skin radiant, even to treat diseases such as psoriasis.
All this is thanks to its main compound known as curcumin , with powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory effects
. Therefore, the uses of turmeric in tissues are to fight acne, lighten blemishes, prevent aging, and even help with hair removal.
Let’s take a look at the 9 benefits of turmeric to care for the skin. Read on to learn more!
Turmeric whose scientific name isCurcuma Longa, is a plant of Asian origin that has been used for centuries in cooking, cosmetics, and medicine. It’s considered a superfood because of its many active compounds, including the yellow polyphenolic pigment known as curcumin ,
to which various health benefits are attributed.
The most prominent is its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, antiproliferative, and antimicrobial
properties. Curcumin has also become an ally for skin care, being used in various home preparations, beauty products, and even in the form of supplements to treat various skin disorders.
So, what is turmeric good for the skin? Let’s take a closer look at its main benefits.
Acne is an inflammatory skin disease that can be generated by the growth of bacteria on the skin. For its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties,
turmeric is a natural option for the treatment of acne vulgaris.
In this sense, turmeric decreases the proliferation of the bacteria that cause it,
deflates the affected parts, and prevents the formation of oil in the sebaceous glands.
Even turmeric also helps the scars left by acne
. It’s usually combined with other ingredients to enhance this effect, such as honey, sandalwood, Greek yogurt, and aloe vera, among others.
Age, environmental pollution, and sun exposure are the main causes of skin aging
. This damage, caused by free radicals, generates the dreaded signs of aging on the face such as the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, fine lines, and blemishes.
Due to its antioxidant action, curcumin protects the skin from oxidative stress. Thus, it prevents and treats these signs of aging .
This phenolic compound also promotes collagen production and strengthens skin elasticity.
Another way in which turmeric cares for the skin is by inhibiting the production of melanin .
In this way, it prevents the formation of dark spots caused by sun exposure, skin conditions, or hormonal alterations. The application of products with turmeric can also lighten already established spots.
One of the benefits of turmeric on the skin is that it favors the natural recovery of its glow. Due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and lightening effects, it helps to improve its appearance. It also improves microcirculation by reducing oxidative stress, which undoubtedly favors its smoothness and brightness.
Hence, in Hindu weddings, the bride and groom perform a ritual with a turmeric mask on the face, hands, and feet, in order to attract good luck and illuminate the skin on that great day.
Wound treatment is perhaps one of the most well-known benefits of turmeric for the skin. When applied to wounds (in paste form), it can help reduce inflammation, soothe irritation, and promote the formation of new tissue .
Applying turmeric to facial skin can improve the appearance of dark circles
under the eyes. It does this by lightening the skin in the area and promoting blood microcirculation in this area. Consequently, it reduces the dark circles that form around the eyes, which are usually caused by tiredness, poor sleep or stress.
However, as this is one of the most sensitive areas of the face, it should be applied with caution. The key is to look for special products for the eye contour that contain curcumin as an active ingredient.
Psoriasis and eczema
are skin conditions that bring annoying symptoms and compromise the well-being of people who suffer from them. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities of this compound can help control psoriasis outbreaks.
Likewise, it relieves skin discomfort caused by eczema. To treat this condition, turmeric can be combined with Indian Centella and walnut, thus improving symptoms such as dryness, itching, cracking, and lichenification.
Turmeric cares for the skin in several ways, one of which is by preventing excessive growth of body hair. In this regard, frequent application of a turmeric lotion for several weeks helps to delay hair growth in unwanted areas such as the armpits.
Whether taken in supplements or applied topically, turmeric helps take care of the skin from harmful microorganisms such as some parasites and mites. One of them is the ectoparasiteSarcoptes scabieivar hominis, which causes scabies.
To improve the appearance of the skin using turmeric, there are supplements, preparations, and cosmetic products
that come ready to consume or use. Also, there are different home remedies that you can prepare, adding other natural ingredients to enhance its effects.
Let’s see what are the various ways to use turmeric to care for the skin:
Although turmeric is usually well tolerated, it’s important to take some precautions when using it. Ideally, consult your doctor if you are going to try this natural treatment. With this, you can prevent some risks when using it, among which stand out:
One of the considerations most often made regarding this root is that it can stain the skin. It’s therefore recommended not to leave the masks on the face for too long. Also, it’s a good idea to mix it with milk and witch hazel water.
Turmeric is an inexpensive ingredient, easy to obtain in different presentations, and with multiple benefits for the skin and health in general. It can help you recover the brightness of the skin, attenuate the signs of premature aging, and even eliminate blemishes.
It’s even attributed to other little-known benefits in treating various dermatological problems such as alopecia, lichen planus, stretch marks , scleroderma, and vitiligo. However, more studies are still needed to corroborate these effects.
However, before using turmeric on the skin, it’s advisable to have the approval of a specialist and make sure you are not allergic to this product.
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