Turmeric is mostly used for cooking. Some people use it for nutrition purposes, as it can lower blood pressure and uric acid. Many people drink it orally because of its antioxidant properties. It is arguably the most powerful herb in the world.
Turmeric has Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Also, turmeric has Manganese, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin B6.
Did you know that turmeric is also beneficial to the skin when applied topically?
We’re going to list the many benefits of turmeric to your skin, as well as the risks.
Brighten dark circles
Are dark under eye circles bothering you? There’s no doubt that it can make you look tired or older than your actual age. There are plenty of products for under eye circles but if you have turmeric in your pantry, you might as well use it for your dark circles.
The powerful antioxidants work as a skin brightener that adds glow.
Calm skin irritations
Turmeric can help with some skin conditions like psoriasis and other skin irritations like scabies.
Since turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties it may help with psoriasis as it can control flares and inflammation.
Help fight acne
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic that prevents bacteria from spreading and its anti-inflammatory properties help with the inflammation and redness.
Most people combine it with apple cider vinegar and they use it as a toner. Or you can make it into paste form, then apply it as a mask.
Turmeric also helps with blemishes, as it speeds healing. For larger and open blemishes, you can combine it with honey and apply for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
Honey has antibiotic properties by itself. Combined with Turmeric, it is a natural and effective solution.
Minimize acne scarring
If you just had a massive break out, Turmeric might be the best natural solution to calm your skin down and reduce acne scarring.
It may also help with hyperpigmentation, a common skin issue for women of color.
Turmeric has curcumin that reduces the excess production of melanin, it directly helps the skin to become lighter, especially the scars and uneven skin tone.
Soothe dry skin
The antioxidants in turmeric help expedite the process of exfoliation, which removes dead skin cells to reveal healthy new skin. Turmeric can also deeply hydrate the skin so that even when exfoliating, you won’t have dry or flaky skin.
Reduce sun damage and skin aging
The American Academy of Dermatology notes that moisturizing creams that contain turmeric enhance the appearance of fine lines and sun spots, likely because of turmeric’s hydrating and antioxidant properties.
Lessen the appearance of stretch marks
Stretch marks are way too stubborn and expensive to treat. However, turmeric can help lighten the appearance.
With Turmeric’s anti-oxidative power, it can penetrate the skin and improve the function of skin membrane cells which can speed up healing, as we’ve mentioned above.
DIY Recipe: 1 Tbsp Turmeric, 1 Tbsp Olive Oil or Extra virgin Coconut Oil, A squeeze of a wedge of lemon
Rub on affected areas two times a day.
I shared ways to use turmeric as topical aid and did not include information about turmeric if you take it orally. I advise consulting with a health professional before taking any herbs or natural supplements.
Based on my research, the primary risk of applying turmeric to the skin is if you are allergic to it. Some people are, which may prompt irritation, redness, and swelling. The best way to know if you’re allergic is to do a patch test:
- Apply a pea-sized amount of turmeric paste on your forearm leave it for 24 to 48 hours.
- If redness occurs it means you’re allergic.
The other effect of turmeric is that it could leave a yellow stain. This stain is temporary and it can be easily removed with makeup-remover if needed.