The skincare powers of turmeric
3rd February 2015
Natural and organic skincare is always appealing to consumers; products are thought to be better for sensitive skin and you don’t have to worry about scary, medical ingredients that you can’t pronounce.
It’s not uncommon to find out those ingredients you often use to make your dinner have great skincare powers, like tomatoes or carrots. Turmeric is one the latest discoveries for its incredible skin, hair and health benefits.
Why is it so good?
Also known as ‘haldi’, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant root. This abundance of properties makes it excellent for treating a variety of skin conditions, including eczema and rosacea.
Curcumin is one of the main ingredients of the Indian spice and its properties can prevent the build up of bacteria and oils that lead to acne break outs. Research has been carried out into turmeric as an acne treatment and although more needs to be done, it suggests that the anti-inflammatory properties are the key.
There’s an abundance of recipes to make your own turmeric face mask, which can even be used to help reduce acne scars as well as acne itself.
Turmeric is thought to reduce the amount of melanin in the skin as well as free radicals, both of which contribute to aging and damage. One of the latest theories about aging is called the telomere shortening theory. Telomeres are the caps on the end of our DNA and are shortened when cells replicate. The theory is that the shorter they become, the more aging occurs on a cellular level.
The curcumin in turmeric is thought to help prevent this shortening, possibly even elongating them further, slowing the aging process and reducing the signs of wear and tear on your face. This doesn’t only provide benefits to the skin however; it also helps prevent age-related diseases and brain damage.