Are you a spicy beauty? How to use Turmeric as a beauty treatment!

Turmeric

This is the second instalment in the series of posts about the beauty benefits of the herbs and spices in your kitchen and how you can use them as beauty treatments.

Most people think of bright yellow turmeric as the spice that gives rice and curries their distinctive colour but there is a lot more to this root. It has been used in Indian medicine for centuries and the rest of the world is only just catching up.

In India and China, it is used as a tonic to aid digestion and to stimulate the liver and gallbladder. It also treats a range of skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. It is a natural antiseptic and has been used to treat infections for centuries.

Indian brides often use a turmeric mask before their wedding to give their deeper skin a golden glow. It has also been used to exfoliate skin, treat bruises and soothe toothaches.

The SLIGHTLY science bit:

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin. Research shows that curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection or irritation but can cause problems when the response is over stimulated.

We’ve all heard about free radicals and their damaging effect on our bodies. Curcumin targets these free radicals and neutralises them. It also stimulates our own bodies antioxidant enzymes. What are free radicals? Simply put, they are unstable molecules that “attack” stable molecules in the cells of our bodies. These cells then become damaged and can eventually cause disease.

So, how can you use the turmeric that you find in supermarkets, health food stores or Asian markets?

Please note: Turmeric can leave a slight yellow discolouration on the skin if you do not rinse it off properly. 

Acne Treatment

Because of it’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric kills the acne-causing bacteria and reduces redness and swelling.

Turmeric milk mask and spot treatment:
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon gram flour (chickpea flour) / rice flour / wheat flour
2-3 tablespoons milk or more to create a thick paste (can be substituted for yogurt)

Apply to your skin and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Note: If you are allergic to dairy products you can use a tablespoon of honey or lemon juice instead. Both have antibacterial properties.

Dark Spots & Uneven Skin Tone

Melanin is responsible for the pigment in the skin. Inflammation, sun damage, hormonal changes and some medications can affect the production of melanin in the skin.

The curcumin compound in turmeric regulates the production of melanin. By using a turmeric mask you can brighten your complexion and even out darker areas.

1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon milk or natural yogurt
1 tablespoon oatmeal
1 teaspoon lemon juice (can be substituted for mashed cucumber if you have sensitive skin)

Combine the dry ingredients then add the coconut oil and fluids to make a thick paste. Apply to warm, cleansed skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Anti-Ageing

Because Turmeric is full of antioxidants and encourages our own bodies to produce natural antioxidant enzymes it is a great anti-ageing treatment.

1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ginger powder.
You can also mash about 1 cm of ginger root and add it to the turmeric and honey instead of ginger powder.

Mash the ingredients into a paste and apply to your skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Well, that’s instalment number two! Stay tuned for more spicy beauty tips!

Let me know if you’ve tried any!

xx

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