First of all, what is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a golden yellow spice derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant native to Southeast Asia and most commonly, India. Researchers have found that people have been using turmeric in their skincare for at least 4,000 years. The reason: Turmeric has an abundance of anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties which can benefit your skin in a multitude of ways.
Let’s delve a little deeper into this little miracle from nature!
Turmeric Helps Heal Acne Breakouts and Scarring
Acne is one of the most common skin concerns these days. Over-the-counter prescriptions or skincare products for acne treatments can sometimes cause irritation and redness, especially if you have sensitive skin. Turmeric is a more natural and safer option.
First, turmeric prevents skin cells from clumping together and clogging the pores. Since it's antiseptic and antibacterial, it can aid in stopping the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties promote faster healing by calming areas that are already inflamed. It also helps to fade hyperpigmentation, including that associated with acne scarring called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Turmeric inhibits the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for dark spots and other kinds of hyperpigmentation. With consistent use, a turmeric-containing product, such as our Turmeric Clay Mask, can help these blemishes fade away naturally to give skin a more even-toned appearance!
Give Dull Skin a Radiant Glow
Congested, inflamed or damaged skin is rarely smooth and radiant, which is why turmeric's purifying, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers can be seriously glow-inducing. Turning up the turmeric in your skincare routine can boost circulation within the skin, leaving your complexion looking plumper and brighter.
Reduces Dark Under Eye Circles
The most common factors that cause dark circles are heredity, over-exposure to the sun, lack of sleep, and pigmentation.
Put together turmeric's anti-inflammatory, skin-lightening and microcirculation-boosting powers, and you've got a perfect combination for reducing those dark undereye circles as well as reducing puffiness.
Prevents Premature Aging
Another major benefit of turmeric for your skin is its ability to boost collagen production and speed up the body's ability to form new, healthy tissue! It also blocks the production of elastase, an enzyme that inhibits your skin's ability to produce elastin. If elastin production slows down, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging are more likely to appear.
And with its powerful antioxidant properties, turmeric helps to reduce free radical damage. Free radicals cause a breakdown in collagen, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin, which are the typical signs of aging.
Protects Your Skin Against Environmental Damage
This benefit goes hand in hand with #5 above. Sun exposure, pollution and other external toxins lead to the creation of free radicals. Turmeric, being chock full of antioxidants, neutralizes these skin-damaging molecules and slows down the potential effects of environmental damage.
What’s the Best Way to Avail Yourself of These Benefits?
Applying a turmeric facial mask 1-2 times a week consistently will allow you to reap the benefits of this wonderful spice. I read recently that actress Thandie Newton called turmeric her “secret beauty weapon.” Indian brides have long used turmeric as a head-to-toe body scrub and face mask to brighten skin before their weddings.
The downside of whipping up your own DIY turmeric mask is that you will probably end up with a yellow stained face. But we’ve handled that for you. Our Turmeric Clay Mask has all the goodness of turmeric without the staining effect. It also smells divine! And I haven’t even mentioned the other amazing ingredients in our mask – Vitamin C, kaolin clay, manuka honey and aloe vera! We’ve also included a soft brush to apply the perfect amount of mask to your face.
Having a spa day at home can have real stress-relieving benefits, even if it’s just taking 20 minutes to draw a bath or relax with your favorite beverage while your facial mask works its magic.