As you know, turmeric is an ancient superfood (it was a superfood even before it was cool to be one!) that can revolutionize your health. There are so many benefits to making this natural food a part of your everyday routine, and there are a number of ways for you to use it.
You can use turmeric in your cooking, you can enjoy it in an elixir or you could add it to a smoothie, and the list goes on! All of those options will benefit your body from the inside out, but you could also use it to improve your outside.
You read that right. You can apply turmeric directly to your skin and reap multiple benefits from absorbing its goodness topically.
Turmeric can be made into ointments, lotions, creams and masks that when applied topically will go to work reducing inflammation and producing a healing effect. Once applied, common issues such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, burns, cuts and bites will immediately begin to vanish.
Turmeric was once used, and in some circles it still is, as a natural dye. It’s bright yellow coloring creates a rich and beautiful golden dye, which was an additional reason for ancient cultures to value it.
So, should you be worried about it dying your skin yellow?
No, not if you use it properly.
If you are using pure, natural (and preferably organic) turmeric, then you should have absolutely nothing to worry about, it should wash right off. The cheaper, lower quality turmeric that is readily available, is what is giving turmeric a bad reputation when it comes to staining skin, as it will often have artificial dyes added to it in order to enhance the color and give the illusion of it being a higher quality.
If you are really concerned about staining, adding milk to the topical treatment will work to prevent any staining. Additionally, sugar and water can be used as a skin scrub that will remove any staining and leave your skin feeling smooth and clean.
There you have it, there is no need to worry about staining. Now we can get down to details and talk about how using turmeric topically can improve your skin health:
- Antiseptic & Antibacterial Qualities
Turmeric can be used to prevent infection, reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process and is therefore useful in treating burns, cuts and bites. But, how do you use it?
There are a number of ways in which you can use turmeric to create a paste or lotion that can be applied to your skin.
For burns, including common sunburns, people often use aloe vera or aloe vera gel to soothe their skin. Adding turmeric to the aloe turns it into a paste that can be applied to treat the burn and make the healing process faster. This paste is also useful in reducing bruising and enhancing your skin’s natural glow.
Combining turmeric and honey to make a paste is an excellent treatment for cuts and other open wounds. Turmeric, as we’ve discussed, has excellent antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, and it encourages fast healing. It’s anti-inflammatory properties will work to reduce any swelling. Honey has similar qualities, so they work great together, and the honey ensures the paste goes on smooth. This concoction also has a long term bonus: it can also reduce the amount of scarring that results from the wound.
- Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Turmeric can be used to reduce the appearance of acne, psoriasis and eczema, and over time may resolve the issues entirely by relieving inflammation. Combine turmeric powder with enough milk to make a spreadable paste, then generously apply this mixture to your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. When you wash away the paste you should immediately notice that your acne has begun to subside, the redness should have calmed and your skin should be feeling softer and less sensitive. It will also help to reduce the scarring on your skin if there is any.
- Deep Cleansing
Face masks are a popular and, if done right, effective method of cleansing your skin, and adding turmeric to your face mask will enhance your overall results considerably. If you combine turmeric with a flour such as chickpea, coconut or rice flour and use a natural yogurt to make it into a paste, you have yourself a naturally deep cleansing solution. It takes 10-15 minutes to work, and when you wash it off you should see and feel not only cleaner skin, but brighter and healthier skin too. Regular use of turmeric on your skin can even help to reduce the appearance and occurrence of wrinkles!
If you are battling oily skin, you can create a paste with turmeric, sandalwood powder and orange juice that will resolve that issue in 15 minutes or less too!
Bonus: To remove unwanted hair, combine turmeric with sugar and water to make a paste and apply it generously to your skin. It needs to stay on for quite a while, a couple hours if possible, and then you simply massage/scrub your skin with a cloth and warm water to remove the paste and the hair. If you make using this paste a regular part of your routine you should find that the unwanted hair stops growing back!
Although you tend to think of your major organs as being internal, your skin is your largest organ, and you wear it as your literal shield in a world full of possible dangers to your physical self. It makes sense to spend time and resources taking the best care possible of this vulnerable and extremely important organ. Turmeric has a laundry list of benefits for your body, and while most of those come from consuming it, it’s great to know that it can have immediate benefit to you when applied directly to your skin. Add this tool to your arsenal today, and protect your skin, because it is absolutely worth it.
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