Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been an inevitable part of Indian kitchen from time immemorial and rightly termed as “Queen of Spices”. Packed with the goodness of approx 300 antioxidants and nutrients, turmeric has golden colour, sharp taste and distinct aroma. This magical herb has been reported worldwide for its wide range of antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antimutagenic, and antiviral properties which makes it an ideal candidate for cosmetic use. Turmeric possesses wondrous health and beauty benefits and can be used effectively to gain a great looking flawless skin. Here we summarize potential benefits of turmeric use on skin.
Turmeric is very effective in reducing age induced fine lines and wrinkles through its excellent exfoliating and antioxidant properties. Bioactive constituents and vitamin C present in turmeric helps in collagen synthesis thereby maintaining skin elasticity. Further due to its potent antioxidant activity it facilitates removal of dead skin and regeneration of new skin cells resulting in flawless and youthful skin.
Treat skin ailments
Turmeric has been used for generations as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent. Eczema patients can use turmeric paste to reduce the redness and inflammation of skin. Repeated appearance of tiny pimples in case of Rosacea patients can be efficiently prevented by using facial mask of turmeric. Further due to its antibacterial properties, turmeric has the ability to treat any kind of skin infection, acne or pimple on skin. Application of turmeric facial mask can control excessive oil formation thereby smoothening skin blemishes and heel acne scars.
Maintain skin radiance and control facial hair
Turmeric contains magnesium and calcium which helps to keep skin hydrated and nourished. It also helps in skin rejuvenation and reducing skin pigmentation. It allows skin lightening and even tone formation giving rise to radiant skin. Regular application of turmeric mask has been found to be effective in reducing the facial hair growth which no doubt is an easy and organic solution for women.
After knowing the turmeric benefits over acne, age spots, and wrinkles treatment next comes the ways for its effective use in-order to avail maximum benefits based upon different skin types. Enjoy the benefits of this inexpensive herb by using any of the following mask or pack as per your skin type to get shiny rejuvenated skin:
Turmeric face masks
Let’s start with the basic face mask. Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder with equal amount of honey, yoghurt or milk and apply on face. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash off with plain cold water. This mask removes all traces of infectious agents from face.
For Oily Skin
Oily skin is very prone for bacterial growth and dirt absorption with greater incidence of pimple development. To get rid of excess oil on face make a paste using 2 tablespoon sandalwood, 1/4 tablespoon turmeric,2-3 tablespoon of orange juice. Apply this mask for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. This mask cleanses the face from deep beneath and close the open sebaceous gland pores to prevent excessive oil secretion.
For wrinkle prevention
No need to worry about fine lines or wrinkles now. Yes, gorgeous ladies….all you have to do is to use this mask and feel beautiful. Combine ½ tbsp of turmeric powder with 2 tbsp of fine rice powder and mix it with raw milk and fresh tomato juice. Apply this mixture evenly on your face and neck and let it dry for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with plain water and wipe the face using clean towel. See the difference!
For normal skin
If you are blessed with normal skin type just use this face mask weekly and keep the skin problems at bay. Make a paste using Bengal gram powder, yoghurt and turmeric and apply on face. Leave it on skin for 15-20 minutes and then wash off using plain water. This mask can be used to clean skin throughout the body. Just apply some mustard oil on the dried mask on body and scrub. It will remove all dead cells leaving a clear skin.
Mask for dry skin
If you have dry skin, try this face mask using olive oil and egg. Prepare a mask by combining 1 egg white, few drops of olive oil, rose water and a pinch of fresh turmeric powder. Allow it to dry completely and wash off with lukewarm water. This mask can be used to clean the area near knee, elbow, neck and inner thighs also.
Lighten Stretch mark
Yes …you hear it right. Turmeric can lighten stretch marks too. Regular application of a mixture of turmeric powder, Bengal gram flour and milk on marks can significantly lighten the marks.
If you have a tanned skin, try this remedy and see results. Mix turmeric powder with cucumber or lemon juice and apply on affected skin. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and wash off using cold water. Regular application of this mask lightens the skin tone.
You can use turmeric in your moisturizer and apply it on face. Alternatively you can add turmeric to milk cream and apply. Leave this on your face over night and wash off next morning. This magical trick should be done weekly twice or thrice to achieve silky soft skin.
Eczema is a skin disease which results in rashes, redness and swelling of skin. Turmeric being rich in anti inflammatory compounds can soothe the pain and itching of skin. Regular application of kasturi turmeric with milk helps to reduce the redness and swelling.
One all time favorite turmeric masks can be prepared by combining turmeric powder (1/4tbsp.), aloe vera pulp (1tbsp), honey (1tbsp) and rose water. Apply this magical paste on face and enjoy youthful skin till your 50ies.This face mask contains all the essential nutrients required for skin and work from deep beneath the skin.
Mask for lighten skin tone
You can try oatmeal and turmeric paste using water as face mask. This mask is known to improve blood circulation and lighten skin tone.
The best summer mask ! Combine turmeric powder (a pinch) with multani mitti and rose water and apply on skin. This mask acts as coolant on face.
Soothen skin infection
Apply a paste of turmeric and coconut oil on burnt area to soothe skin and avoid any infection.
Note: Before applying mask clean your face using mild face wash to remove all traces of makeup. While relaxing after mask application, it is recommended to put slices of cucumber or soaked rose water cotton on eyes to gain maximum results.