A recent development in the skincare community that has been growing steadily in popularity over the last few years is the clean beauty trend.
This trend is in reaction to the crazy amount of ingredients that a lot of skincare products use and instead favors simpler remedies that occasionally revert back to classic solutions which have been overlooked due to more clinical alternatives.
But now these remedies are becoming more mainstream and skincare communities have started to latch on some core ingredients are getting noticed more and more.
One of the most commonly noticed components of ‘clean’ skincare is turmeric. This ingredient is a spice that is primarily in Indian cooking, but with these new trends it is being more noticed as a skincare product.
This article will be evaluating the usefulness of Turmeric as a skincare product and displaying where it is most useful.
So What Does Turmeric Help With In Skincare?
This spice is a distinct rich yellow and can also be recognized as its scientific term being Curcuma Longa.
This spice has become popular in skincare spheres for its proven antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant features. These factors help the spice with multiple function in skincare, these functions include:
- Helping heal skin wounds
- Help to prevent the chance of breakouts as well as help with ones that are already there
- Actively combats psoriasis and eczema
- Decreases scarring from acne
- Lightens darker circles
- Gives your skin a natural appearing glow
You might be skeptical about the effectiveness of this ingredient since it is only a newcomer to the western skincare market, however it has been used for centuries in Indian communities and has proved its usefulness there.
While there is still more research that needs to be done on the best ways to apply it, we will list some here for different uses!
A homemade lotion using turmeric has been shown to improve the brightness of the skin and tackle issues like eye shadows.
Research has displayed that using turmeric oil in lotions will brighten your skin after just 3 weeks.
These homemade lotions will aim to bring about the natural healthy properties of your skin taking advantage of the natural anti-inflammatory components.
To make this homemade lotion all you need to do is add a couple drops of a turmeric essential oil to some cream you already have or if you have it; oil-based moisturizer. This will add the effects of the turmeric to the moisturizer to boost its efficacy.
Using Turmeric To Slow Unwanted Hair Growth
The curcuma oil which is very similar to the properties of turmeric was tested on the underarms of women and it was proven to slow down hair growth in this area. The results will vary on the texture and type of hair you have.
However, if you hate constantly shaving or waxing, this is a great solution.
You can make your own hair removal paste by mixing half a cup of milk with half a cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder and a tablespoon of sea salt and mix this into a thick paste.
Apply this paste like a mask to the areas you want and let it dry for about 15 minutes and it will start to crumble while it is drying.
You then wash off the mask with warm water and if there is any staining you can use apple cider vinegar or witch hazel to help alleviate this.
Using Turmeric To Soothe The Effects Of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a condition that is classified as an autoimmune disease and causes your skin cells to inflame as they build up onto themselves and forms dry patches that can easily crack and bleed.
Again, this is where the curcumin in the turmeric becomes useful as its enzymes are anti-inflammatory and will combat the condition that makes the painful patches of skin. Ingesting and using the turmeric topically have both been proven to help.
For a topical paste you can mix 2 parts water with 1 part turmeric and thicken this by simmering it over heat. Wait until it is cool and then apply it to the area with the psoriasis. Once you have done this wrap the area with gauze and leave it overnight.
The morning after you can get rid of the gauze and wash off the excess with water.
For a tea that is proven to help all you need to do is add a teaspoon of turmeric to about 4 cups of warm water and then boil it together.
Simmer this for about 10 minutes and to make it more palatable you can add honey or lemon.
Make sure to consult your doctor about your psoriasis before trying these remedies!
Using Turmeric To Alleviate Acne Scarring
Another common issue that Turmeric can help with is fading acne scars which are often hard to get rid of. This is another benefit of the turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Acne is usually caused by Propionibacterium and this is usually going to be treating using antibiotics but with growing drug resistances this is getting less effective. This is why solutions like turmeric are now more common.
To make a turmeric face mask that aims to alleviate this problem mix a tablespoon of raw honey and a teaspoon of powdered turmeric and a couple drops of lemon juice if you want.
You then mix this into a typical thick paste and then apply and leave for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse.
So these are some of the most commonly used problems that can be solved using turmeric. Turmeric can be a surprisingly cheap home remedy to a lot of people and can be used to solve even more issues than the ones mentioned above like UV damage and healing some wounds.
Make sure to ensure you do not have any allergies before using turmeric and consult your doctor first.