7 Amazing Reasons You Should Be Taking Turmeric Supplements
Every now and then, a superfood—even if it's been around for centuries—lands on our radar, and we understand more about its benefits. The most recent item to get the spotlight? A spice by the name of turmeric, which may just be the new secret weapon of healthy skin.
One of the real women we interviewed in our L.A. street beauty story initially tipped us off to the benefits of turmeric. Said real woman had skin that was a total dream, and she attributed her "California glow" to the turmeric. But she's not the only spice girl—models and magazine editors are also hip to turmeric's complexion-enhacing properties. What's more, it's also been showing up on the menus of every major cold-pressed juice company around town, and it's the latest hero of the clean-eating movement. So today we're taking a closer look at the spice to find out what makes it such a powerhouse ingredient for our skin.
Keep reading to meet your new favorite spice and learn about the many benefits it has for your skin.
Applied topically, turmeric can help fade scars from previous acne flare-ups and reduce inflammation. But that's not all—the soft, marigold-colored spice has breakout-fighting power. It's both antibacterial and antiseptic, and it helps to control the production of acne-causing oil (sebum) by the sebaceous glands.
For a DIY turmeric face mask, combine equal parts turmeric and sandalwood powder with a splash of orange juice so it has enough consistency to stick to your face. Apply the mixture to your whole face (or just the affected breakout area), leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse.
As a natural exfoliant, turmeric is beloved by many Eastern cultures as an anti-aging component in beauty routines. Indian and Pakistani brides-to-be even apply a turmeric mask as a pre-wedding tradition. It speeds up skin cell turnover, lightening dark spots and reducing the look of fine lines. Turmeric also has high antioxidant properties, which help contribute to a more youthful appearance overall. For an at-home anti-aging treatment, combine powder turmeric with yogurt and honey for a 15-minute face mask. Click here for another awesome DIY turmeric mask.
Turmeric can do wonders for dry, chapped skin, including on your lips. Mix a few pinches of the spice with an essential oil of your choice (such as grape-seed or vitamin E) and apply to patches of dry skin for an instantly smoother, softened surface.
One of the benefits of turmeric is that when you combine it with olive oil, it can ease dandruff by soothing dry, itchy skin and increasing scalp circulation. The primary bioactive compound in turmeric, called curcumin, has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties.
For cracked hands or heels, combine a few spoonfuls of turmeric with coconut oil, and soak the affected skin in the mixture. You’ll be shocked at how quickly the cracks will heal afterward.
Turmeric is a known skin-soother, and because of its antiseptic properties, it can be particularly useful for conditions like burns, poison ivy, or skin that is itchy, red, and irritated. It effectively calms inflamed skin, especially when combined with other naturally soothing ingredients like yogurt and milk.
In the same way that many women use cocoa butter during pregnancy, they also swear by turmeric post-pregnancy to help lighten and fade stretch marks. The powder form can be mixed with coconut oil or lemon juice and applied to the affected area to lighten the appearance of stretch marks, or turmeric root can be chopped up and combined with water for a paste that you apply and wash off after 10 to 15 minutes.
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Is turmeric already a part of your skincare routine? Tell us in the comments!
This post was originally published on March 2, 2015.