Turmeric For Skin -
One of my new favorite skin care addition is turmeric. Yup, the yellow powder that you can pick up from any supermarket with affordable price. Turmeric is commonly known as a spice that is used in curry foods. Today I will show you how to add this spice into your skin care regimen.
Turmeric has many skin care benefits. It’s excellent for fading scars, reducing hyperpigmentation and skin lightening. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and has powerful antioxidant properties.
Turmeric protects the skin from free radicals and at the same time speed up the healing of the skin. Whether the skin is suffering from acne, scarring, uneven skin tone, wounds, burns, eczema, freckles, wrinkles to stretch marks – turmeric can heal it. It’s also can be used to fade out the sun tan from the skin quicker.
It’s undeniable that this natural healer is also beneficial for our health, like treating and preventing cancer – now, that’s huge!
What made me start using turmeric on my skin? Lately my skin haven’t been in a best condition. Part of it is during to stress, then bad habits and the allergy reaction I got, which was even worse to my skin. So I understood that, I needed to treat my skin but in a gentle way. The best way to do this is going natural. My mom has mentioned in the past, about using turmeric to heal scars and wounds. But I never tried it before, not until now.
I been using turmeric on and off for the past 3 weeks. I know for the best results, I should be more consistent with it. But the yellow stain that it leaves on the skin, kind of puts me off sometimes. This only the negative thing I can find about turmeric. The smell of this, always make me think of curry chicken!
I been doing facial masks with turmeric powder and at night times I use it with my turmeric cream Lana that I got from Vietnam.
The recipe I used to make the mask (to fade scars and even out skin tone):
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp turmeric powder – 1 tbsp natural yogurt = Mix all the ingredients together and apply evenly on the face. Avoid the eye areas and brows. You don’t have to be specific with the amount of each ingredient. It can all be adjustable. I been alternating lemon juice to lime and grapefruit juice too, depending what was left on our fridge.
If your skin is inflamed or sensitive, it’s best not to use lemon on the skin. You can replace it with cucumber juice, or just only use turmeric and yogurt.
On my skin at night, I used the Lana turmeric cream mixed with turmeric powder. But you can actually use the turmeric powder with any cream or any natural oil (i.e. coconut oil, jojoba oil) and apply it on to the skin. If you’re mixing it with a cream, then it should be just a simple moisturizer.
Note to self, that turmeric has very strong staining power. After using it on the face, you may need to wash your face a few times to get the yellow stain off. For me, I like to wash my face with water or a gentle cleanser. After that, I removed whatever that was left with cleansing water. Or I’ll just leave it over night, so it can really works on my skin, then cleanse it the next morning.
When leaving turmeric on the skin over night, make sure that you cover all your sheets with towels or you’ll wake up with funny yellow sheet stains.
Here are a few recipes you can try with turmeric powder or fresh turmeric.
Turmeric mask for acne skin:
Turmeric powder/fresh turmeric – sandalwood powder – water = mix them together, apply on the face/body.
Body scrub for polish & smooth skin:
Turmeric powder/fresh turmeric – gram flour – water = mix well together, scrub on the body before showering.
To heal wounds and burns:
Turmeric powder/fresh turmeric – water/aloe gel = mix together and put on skin.
To treat and prevent stretch marks:
Turmeric powder/fresh turmeric – water/natural oil/body lotion = mix well together, then apply on skin.
Turmeric powder/fresh turmeric – regular face cleanser/water = mix well and apply on skin. This kind of face wash is good for treating acne, fading scars and hyperpigmentation and reducing facial hair.
Turmeric is also known for ability to reduce facial hair. That’s why it’s best to avoid the brows, when applying turmeric on the skin. The lemon juice mask that I told you before, it can also be used to treat other skin areas on your body not just the face. If you suffer from darker skin tone on the elbows, armpits or knees – this mask is effective for treating those problems, also for acne scarring.
For the best results, combine these treatments with adding turmeric into your diets. If you don’t like eating turmeric daily, the easiest way is to add a little turmeric in to your tea or milk and drink it. When buying a turmeric powder, make sure that it only contains turmeric. I’m sure nobody wants to apply chili or pepper on their bare skin.
You can take turmeric as a supplement too. But the best way is, using fresh turmeric.
Yes! I am writing this while having my turmeric mask on Hope you guys find my little tips helpful and happy turmeric facials to everyone!