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Turmeric and Skincare, What You Need to Know

by By.E |

We love spices like Turmeric, primarily because it kind of heals everything. Upset stomach? Turmeric. Hangover? Turmeric. Dull skin? Turmeric. Yes, that's right, Turmeric supercharges your complexion!

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric powder comes from the Curcuma Zedoaria root, a ginger plant native to Southeast Asia. Curcumin is its active ingredient. It's what gives it that yellow-orange tinge and makes it such a potent anti-inflammatory. Eastern cultures have known about its skincare benefits for hundreds of years and include Turmeric in their skincare regime.

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Benefits of Turmeric for Skin

The Anti-Effects: 

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-aging
  • antioxidant

The Pro-Effects: 

  • Prevents breakouts (and lessen active ones)
  • Deep moisturizing
  • Fight eczema and psoriasis
  • Reduces acne scarring
  • Brighten dark circles
  • bring out your natural glow

A recent study found that turmeric essential oil in a lotion formulation can brighten skin within three weeks, with results that lasted almost as long.

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Another recent study found that Turmeric's antioxidant compounds significantly improved sun damage, a possible early indication for the potential to slow the effects of aging in humans.

Most significantly, Turmeric blocks the enzyme elastase that limits your skin’s ability to produce elastin — a substance that gives your skin structure.

Turmeric's anti-inflammatory and free-radical-fighting prowess have made it a topic of study for other skin issues. The extent of its health benefits is still being researched, but one thing is for sure, Turmeric is an epic skincare ingredient.

Edelweiss and Turmeric Face Masque

It was found by Carolïna of Extra Virgin Skin that one of the best ways to use Turmeric is in a masque. Her super-active Edelweiss mask is loaded with Turmeric, Charcoal, and Ghassoul Clay. It's the ultimate once-a-week rescue product. Just apply and leave on until partially dry, and it pulls toxins and micro-debris from the pores. Then carefully wipe off with a damp towel and rinse.