For hundreds of years, people around the world have linked turmeric to healing properties and cosmetic benefits. The bright, yellow-orange spice is related to ginger. It’s available as a ground spice or in supplements and other beauty and dermatological products.
Turmeric gets its health benefits primarily because of curcumin, a bioactive component. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can help improve cardiovascular health, boost digestive health, ease joint pain, increase blood circulation, prevent blood clots, delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes and improve your memory, to name a few. But when it comes to the health of your skin, what else does turmeric bring to the table?
For one, it’s becoming more common and popular in today’s skin health care culture. Turmeric can be used to tackle a range of skin troubles, from an uneven skin tone to acne, from cracked feet to eczema scars. The skin benefits of turmeric basically come from its active compound curcumin and its antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.
Tumeric and its Benefits for Your Skin
Cures Acne - Whether you are worried about acne breakouts or the resulting scars, turmeric is the right solution for all acne-related problems.
Its antibacterial nature inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria. A 2013 study published in the Journal Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin reports that curcumin in turmeric exhibits antimicrobial activity that inhibits the bacteria that causes acne.
Plus, it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and natural oil controlling properties beneficial for reducing acne symptoms.
Controls Oily Skin - Having oily skin can be a nightmare. Excess oil on the outer skin layer often leads to whiteheads, blackheads, blind pimples and other skin irritations. To solve the problem of oily skin, turmeric is very beneficial.
Turmeric has natural oil-controlling properties that can help control the excess oil (sebum) secretion. The fatty acids and phytosterols in turmeric help reduce excess skin oils.
Protects Against Sun Damage - Exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) sun rays can cause serious damage to the skin. Sun damage can make your skin look dark and dull.
Due to its skin-lightening and anti-aging properties, turmeric helps keep your skin protected from sun damage.
Delays Signs of Skin Aging - Turmeric is rich in antioxidants that help protect your skin against free-radical damage. This, in turn, slows down the signs of aging like dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Treats Eczema - Turmeric is also beneficial in the treatment of eczema, an inflammatory skin condition that causes symptoms like dry, red, and itchy skin.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties that help treat inflammation and itching. Its antimicrobial nature also helps kill any bacteria that might be causing eczema.
Plus, it helps in the regeneration of healthy skin, which leads to this next benefit.
Brightens Skin Complexion - Turmeric contains antioxidant components that help provide a natural glow and luster to the skin. In fact, it helps improve your skin tone by bringing out its natural glow, and also helps fade dark spots by inhibiting skin pigmentation. You may want to try a turmeric face mask at home to see if the spice has any positive effects on your skin.
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