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It’s kind of a crazy concept to grasp that some of the most transformative healing properties come from the earth. Instead of turning to over-the-counter products or harsh chemicals, the answer to your skin’s problems could be right in your kitchen cabinet. Take turmeric, for example—we can go on for days discussing all the powerful benefits of this natural spice. If you’ve ever spent time googling “how to fade dark spots” or “ways to brighten your skin,” turmeric’s definitely come across your screen. You’re probably already up on all of its exceptional skin and health benefits. But just in case you need a little refresher on why this natural ingredient reigns supreme, we got you covered.
It can replenish your skin in several ways: amp up collagen production, heal wounds, and increase the level of fibroblasts. Ingredients in tumeric may have a role in helping treat psoriasis,scleroderma or prevent certain skin cancers, although more studies are needed to better understand its utility. This powder has extremely potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can aid against arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and more. If you thought it stopped there, we even discovered its ability to aid with stretch marks, wrinkles, dry skin, dandruff, cracked hands or heels, and increase the overall appearance of wrinkles for more youthful-looking skin. It’s safe to say this could be your skin’s secret weapon, aka it deserves a spot in your skincare lineup.
What Is a Fibroblast?
A type of cell responsible for the production of collagen, which is a major component of the extracellular matrix.
What’s even cooler is you can get creative and put together your own powerful concoctions of this powder to make DIY masks. With continued use, turmeric masks can improve dark spots left behind by acne and decrease redness. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to a good turmeric mask recipe, we tapped holistic skincare expert Michelle Ranavat, who also happens to be the founder of a natural skincare line of carefully blended ingredients called Ranavat Botanics.
Where Does Turmeric Come From?
“Turmeric is a root that comes in shades of yellow and orange grown throughout India and parts of Asia and Central America,” Ranavat explains. “There are a few types of turmeric root, the most common is the Curcuma longa, which is mainly used for cooking, and Curcuma aromatic, which is wild turmeric, mostly used for the skin.”
Turmeric powder is made from the root of Curcuma zedoaria, a form of ginger native to Southeast Asia. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is what gives it that yellow-orange tinge; it's also what makes it such a potent anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is also found to lighten hyperpigmentation.
What’s Inside of Turmeric That Makes It Such a Powerful Nutrient?
According to Ranavat, turmeric's primary active ingredients, curcuminoids, can improve your body’s ability to digest fats, reduce gas, and bloating. She also confirms that it does in fact work to treat skin conditions like psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
“Turmeric is packed with antioxidants, which are great anti-aging properties,” she says. “It helps fight free radicals, inhibit peroxidation, and reduce iron complex.”
Ranavat continues: “If you digest even one ounce of turmeric, it provides your body with 26% of its daily requirement of manganese and 16% of the iron it needs,” notes Ranavat. “It’s also a great source for things like vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, and fiber.”
What’s Your Go-To Turmeric Mask Recipe?
- 1 tbsp. honey (raw honey is optimal)
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 4 to 5 drops of lemon
“Mix this blend until a rich paste is formed,” Ranavat recommends. “Keep this mask on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Apply this mask one to two times a week for three weeks to experience the best skin results.”
If turmeric accidentally stains your face, use a facial toner to help remove it.
Any Other Turmeric Masks for Acne You Swear By?
“Ranavat Botanics Flawless Veil is an incredibly powerful powder mask,” Ranavat says. “All of the active botanicals are loaded with properties that fight hyperpigmentation and create an even complexion. These botanicals are enrobed in non-GMO honey powder that creates a soothing and luxurious experience to the masque so the clays and botanicals can gently work to cleanse and treat your skin without being too harsh.
Flawless Veil uses wild turmeric, as it’s better suited for skin application and does not stain skin as easily as traditional turmeric. Keep in mind that repairing effects of sun damage takes time—so the best results are seen after consistent use over a few weeks. Like DIY masks, also apply this masque one to two times per week for at least three weeks to see noticeable results. For an extra-special skin ritual, activate this powder masque with Ranavat Botanics Organic Eucalpytus Illuminating Tonique ($40). Lastly, add a few drops of your favorite facial oil to enhance the beautifying impact of the mask.
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