Turmeric is a rich golden root native to Southeast Asia and belongs to the ginger family. It has been used for centuries for delicious seasoning, and also in skincare to help the appearance of problematic skin. It hasn’t been until recently that science has explored its properties and why this root is so effective.
Turmeric is Curcumin
When we talk about the benefits of turmeric, we are really talking about its powerhouse: curcumin. Curcumin is the powerhouse in turmeric responsible for the antioxidant properties of this golden root. Aqueous and ethanol extracts of turmeric, corresponding to its use in cooking and topical application, show signﬁcant antioxidant abilities.
Curcumin is used in skincare to help calm and soothe problematic skin and to help skin appear blemish-free.
Turmeric for skin
HELPS REDUCE OILINESS
Turmeric has natural oil-controlling properties overtime! If you’re working with oily skin and clogged pores, try adding turmeric extract to your homemade masks. If you’re using the powder, be sure to mix it with other ingredients because it can leave a yellow stain on your skin if you’re using it for a long time on its own.
DELAYS THE APPEARANCE OF AGING
Turmeric contains potent antioxidants known to protect against environmental stressors. With its internal benefits being so amazing, it makes sense that topical application of turmeric may also help delay the appearance of aging on the skin.
FADES THE APPEARANCE OF DARK SPOTS
Natural sun worshippers can totally resonate with this one, we’re all tired of those dark spots! Turmeric is an ancient beauty ritual for lightening and brightening the skin. Young Indian maidens are said to use turmeric water to wash with every day for the illuminating effect.
GREAT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Turmeric is such a gentle ally that it’s great to use for sensitive skin too. It is soothing to reactive, delicate skin while also being mineral and antioxidant rich and providing nourishment for that sensitive skin that needs a bit of extra love.
I personally love curcumin on my sensitive skin, and also as golden lattes (my guilty pleasure, shhhh)