Add Turmeric To Your Skin Care Routine
Turmeric is commonly known for being a spice ingredient in curry and many other delicious Asian dishes. But this spice can actually be pretty effective when you use it for your skin care routine.
Thanks to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties it can help reduce redness and dark circles and target pores to calm skin irritation. Not only does it calm inflammation but it can also regulate the immune system’s response to infection, improve collagen production and get rid of free radicals.
Turmeric also has antibacterial properties that help disinfect and heal the skin from problems such as acne. It can also eliminate the dark marks that can be caused from acne clearing out and improve skin that is oily or has acne scars. A 2012 study found that after four weeks of skin treatment using turmeric there was a noteworthy decrease in oily skin. After three months, turmeric reduce oily skin by 25%! The study credits this to turmeric’s fatty acids and phytosterols, which have been recognized in other studies to reduce excess oily skin.
Last but not least, turmeric have antioxidants that combat free radicals from damaging the skin and can even out skin tone. Combined antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components may provide glow and luster to the skin. They can also possibly help treat psoriasis symptoms which is a skin condition that forms scaly and itchy patches on the skin. The curcumin in turmeric can heal wounds quickly by decreasing inflammation and oxidation.
Turmeric has other uses as well such as being used as an all-natural self-tanner or combined with neem oil to treat scabies, which are mites that cause rashes and itchy skin. It is also being studied as a possible treatment for other skin conditions such as eczema, alopecia, lichen planus and more.
There are some risks associated with using turmeric. First of all avoid taking too much at a time in the beginning and first see how your body reacts. It’s important to first test a dime sized amount of turmeric on your skin to see if there are any allergic reactions, usually people allergic to spicy food should not be applying turmeric. It is also important to consult with a doctor first if you are taking other medications.